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  1. Cheers. I was more concerned about the chances of a successful mating.
  2. 4 weeks ago, I went into one of my best producing hives, with an older queen, with the intention of grafting from it. The queen was gone, and there were a couple of queen cells, that looked to be a day or two away from being capped. I had a look in yesterday and couldn't see any larvae or eggs, but found 2 queen cells. There was a reasonable amount of capped brood, in an arc around empty broodcells. My suspicion is that a queen emerged, was laying around existing brood, but they have tried to supercede her quite quickly. Owing to the timeframe I would suspect that a queenright hive wouldn't be building new queen cells, even if it was on a brood break. My plan is to go in, and remove the cells, then merge it with a queen right nuc. What your thoughts?
  3. With the home mixes, I have seen videos of people mixing their own brews up. I use 35% OA by weight. So I actually weigh 35g of OA and 65g Glycerine. I have yet to lose a hive. I watched a video where the the mix was 40% by volume. The beek mixing it used 2 cups of OA powder and 3 cups to Glycerine. To me that would only be 10-15%, if that. I wonder if it was effective, as much as higher doses or at all.
  4. Took my senior students through the hives this week. Some were a bit nervous so started off with a Nuc. Then moved onto the big ones. There must be a flow on as there was a lot of fresh nectar in the cells. The kids were quite chuffed to spot the queens, even the one in my most productive hive as I hadn't got around to marking her.. Bees played ball by being super chilled.
  5. Keep the black one. That way you will judge for yourself how accurate all the claims made about carnis and hybrids are.
  6. I had a few issues last year. I should have requeened a couple of hives that had some old queens in them. Due to some health issues my wife was having it got put on the back burner, and the queens went through another winter and the hives tried to supercede end of august/early september. Way too early down here IMO. One was fine, but the other had issues with what was probably a poorly mated queen and it took a couple of frames of eggs to get them to have another go. This year I want to do autumn mating. Do I need to make it late as possible or will it not matter if I start the process this month? I don't think 6-8 weeks is going to make all that much difference. From reading this forum, it sounds as if Autumn matings was the normal way to do things. But as a newbie, I had gotten the impression that spring was when things had to be done.
  7. I give to Oxfam, which provides poultry, goats and bees, as well as training, to help people earn and income and provide food. We don't take part in the xmas excess, I won't even do secret santa at school, instead I purchased bees and a flock of chickens for Vanuatu on behalf of the staff. https://www.oxfam.org.nz/unwrapped/ https://www.oxfam.org.nz/product/flock-of-chickens/ https://www.oxfam.org.nz/product/honey-bees/
  8. At school I had 2 hives, with carniolan queens and all black drones. I caught a swarm from an italian hive down the gully and hived it below the tree where I caught it. About 20m from the other hives.. All golden drones. Within 2 days there were black drones in the italian hive and golden drones running around the carni hives.
  9. A little article about those 3% of deniers. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2015/aug/25/heres-what-happens-when-you-try-to-replicate-climate-contrarian-papers?fbclid=IwAR3dxfPKX__hRjjfhJDUDgj8791x-VRaijhRe0Beh9W0Zds9SX94u1qR35g For those who don't want to read it. Here is a good quote. There is a 97% expert consensus on a cohesive theory that’s overwhelmingly supported by the scientific evidence, but the 2–3% of papers that reject that consensus are all over the map, even contradicting each other. The one thing they seem to have in common is methodological flaws like cherry picking, curve fitting, ignoring inconvenient data, and disregarding known physics. and here is the link to the paper the article is based on. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00704-015-1597-5
  10. I agree totally. But they are linked.
  11. And that's the thing. The earth has been much hotter AND much colder in the past. But also in the past, transitioning to those stages took places over many thousands of years. Not in mere decades. Things are going to change so fast that we will struggle to adapt. The Permian-Triassic extinction event, aka "The Great Dying" had temperatures 8 degrees higher than now. And we lost a huge amount of life forms. Over 90% of marine species becoming extinct for a start. Personally I believe it is far too late for us to have any effect. We have started on a wild ride with a very real risk that my kids won't get to my age, or at the very least, without a drastic change in lifestyle. Piecemeal attempts like banning plastic bags while ignoring the much greater quantities wrapping the food is nonsense and far too late anyway. If all we get is severe storms, droughts, flooding, extreme cold due to the meandering polar vortex etc, we can count ourselves lucky.
  12. Nah. They really believed they were clear. So did the stock agent who was arranging sales of their calves. Not a problem for us as the ones I sold were going into a slaughter herd. The 2 I kept have shown no issues. Bobby calves reared on milk powder and physically separate from other cows are at pretty low risk.
  13. I would say its a lot more than that. I think the number of active farms refers to farms being directly supervised by MPI. Their website is not that clear, but there appears to be another 200 or so that may or do have it but not under the same level of control. https://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/dmsdocument/29192-legal-notices-map I got some calves last year for the school farm. I found a agent in canterbury who directed me to a "Clear" farm that was selling bobby calves (since the numbers at the local bobby calf auctions had all but disappeared. 4 months later, after I had sold 4 of them (luckily to a butcher who raises them for slaughter) we get contacted to say that the farm had bovis present and where were the calves. My neighbour raised 16 from various sources. Sold them to 4 different properties before finding at least 1 lot he brought in were infected and he is now potentially responsible for a mini outbreak. Not his fault as he purchasing from properties already tested clear.
  14. Use this, you can work out what your area could look like. http://flood.firetree.net/?ll=-27.8390,138.1640&z=13&m=7
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