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    UCOL
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    Bee Research
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    J.schultz25@ucol.ac.nz

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  1. The reason I brought this up and pose it to the group is partially surrounding the levy but mostly a question of 'What is Apiculture NZ doing to excite and SUPPORT new younger individuals to even consider apiculture as a job. Not necessarily beekeeping specifically but the whole field altogether (research, technology, education, actual beekeeping, export, etc). I'm trying to get the big picture from new beekeepers and experienced beekeepers alike. Many of use understand a lot of the concerns in the industry but how is any levy or funding that apiculture governing body has actually making it an appealing field to even go into in the first place? If there isn't any, then they are failing to support current and future beekeepers.
  2. NEW BEEKEEPERS: What does the beekeeping industry do to make you excited to come into this field? Why or why not?
  3. Hi @Ladybee No, I don't do a pure online course. The only course I lecture is blended delivery (Practical, lecture, and online) for the New Zealand certificate in Apiculture Level 3. There are definitely difficulties when it comes to these sorts of courses as being in the hives with an apprenticeship model is by far one of the best methods to teach. As well as being able to consistently see all the variations of the hive in various settings and states. When you look at online courses, we have to keep in mind what the target audience is. It is not for individuals going into commercial but focuses on new beekeepers or individuals wanting to grow in their understanding of it. It's to initially help individuals start off and become aware of everything with beekeeping. But the huge limitations is the practical side. And that's where assessments come into trouble for an online course with a field that is highly variable. Almost all of the online courses around the world do not, in the end, actually give you a qualification from an accredited organization. New Zealand does not currently have any pure online course or qualification.
  4. I think you nailed it. We have a flood of new beekeepers coming in that don't have the needed longer experience and many of them actually want it. But commercial sees this as a threat to their locations and business. And rightfully so. But we also need individuals who are educated to continue this work and it is very difficult for new beekeepers trying to learn from commercial. Hence why many of them take classes at bee clubs, just go work in the field, or take courses at a polytechnic. But it really does come down to that the industry is growing faster than the country can keep up and manage. Resisting and fighting against these new beekeepers doesn't effectively lead to any positive changes and the traditional model is to change regulations and bylaws. So instead of thinking in this traditional route, what other ways do you see that could actually be beneficial? One of the most effective ways is to reeducate the general public on what the actual issues are so they are aware of it because the general public has no idea. At the same time, with the current issues that were talked about as well as the as these other struggles you see, how can we develop a new or alternative way of tackling these issues? Overall, beekeeping has't really changed dramatically for 150 years since the langstroth hives came into play. Other industries have evolved significantly faster but we are stuck with business as usual. Using the problems that we see now, how do we use those to our advantage? Sure, we can say that we need less bees, but what other areas can we sort that out? New alternative systems to push and get people to invest more into planting? Putting a focus on plants first and use bees as the tool instead of a focus? These are just some ideas. I think the key thing is to really see where technology has taken us, us those to our advantage, and really think outside the square. Thoughts?
  5. @AlastairThe regulations in America are very different from here. There is a flood of 'honey' from the Chinese market that is not actually honey and is legal to do in America. These broken down into three categories: 'honey' that is a direct conversion from sugar syrup and no nectar was used; a honey like product that is made using different syrups/sugars with added flavour packs and chemical changes to make it taste and consist like liquid honey; or a combination of both of these that is mixed with some real honey from different parts of the world. What comes down to is whatever is cheapest. It is this type of honey that floods the US market and not honey that is actually made in the US from honeybees as their focus is on pollination services throughout the year. That is why it is so important for the smalelr guys in America as they are really the only ones that produce real honey for the regional areas.
  6. Thanks Dennis, I brought up this question not as a lecturer to get information to incorporate into the class. Me as a lecturer was only brought up because someone asked me. But to go through and attack any sort credentials doesn't lead into any meaningful or helpful discussions. It shuts people down. If I were to gather information into the course, I would have mentioned that and given more background into that subject and why. But, I raise this question because I am curious to see what the responses are for the individuals in these forums based on all of your experiences. There are lots of discussions I have had in the beekeeping clubs and discussions with commercial beekeepers but I wanted to see if there were anything else specifically that each individual notices. And with that, then we can bring up the root problems or causes to find out new, alternative, for progressive changes to solve the issues. I was not looking to attack anyone nor did I raise the validity of anyone else's experience, role, or job in these forums. It's out of respect because you all have value as beekeepers to give and people are here to learn and open to hear your thoughts.
  7. What i'm finding the most by talking to beekeepers in person, the overall course of how the industry has been over the years, and discussions online comes down to 4 main problems. 1. Overcrowding 2. Lack of food sources 3. Varroa management and treatment 4. The general public in New Zealand just has no ideas what is going on here. So, they base all that they know or do off of American or European news reports and documentaries. Which only exasperates the issues here because they believe that what they are doing is helping. It's interesting to here the theme of the food laws because, yea, your right. It does limit individuals on what they can or can't do and new hobby beekeepers don't know this going into it. Do you all not find other issues related to the overcrowding or lack of food sources? What would you like to see happen with it that could help resolve it?
  8. Firstly, thank you all for your comments thus far about the struggles you currently face in beekeeping. With that, I'd like to remind you that the validity of apiculture lecturers doing their job, their qualifications, or experience is not the topic of the discussion and question raised. If you feel that is important to you then please create a separate discussion page in the forums to express your thoughts and feeling on apiculture lecturers across the country. But please evaluate your answers to actually reflect on the question raised in the first place. Which is What are one or two things you personally struggle with the most in beekeeping within New Zealand?
  9. I’m the apiculture lecturer at UCOL in Palmerston North
  10. Hi All, This is a wide and open ended question but would be valuable information to know to help the community grow in the best way. While we knew there are issues of overcrowding, the manuka bubble, and issues of consistent year round food sources, and disease control... Within beekeeping in New Zealand, what are one or two things you personally struggling with the most in beekeeping? Examples: - Could it be better training needed? - Accessible information? - Better resource sharing? - More educational videos for a specific topic? - Not enough research done on a specific topic? - Not enough focus on plants? - Open and fair dialogues on various beekeeping practices? - Specific diseases and pest? - Government or ApiNZ specific issues? - Certain beekeeping practices for specific hives? - Specific issues with neighbours with hives? It could be anything... This question is not to raise issues you may have about the industry, to bring up feuds between commercial vs hobby, or an attack on onto different styles or practices. But, what is holding you back? What do you see as the most difficult thing you are struggle with?
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