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  1. I don't understand the mechanism, but I think it is almost certain that some high C4 sugar results in Manuka have little to do with sugar syrup feeding, and most high C4 for sugar results in Kanuka have little to do with feeding sugar syrup. For us in the Far North Kanuka is a second, totally separate crop. Manuka boxes come off, and the Kanuka boxes go on, yet some years, like this year, when we had an amazing Kanuka flow in our area, and ended up with a very big crop, of very pure Kanuka- had a 3-PLA level of 3100mg/kg(3-PLA is an amazing Kanuka marker making it worse than useless as a Manuka Marker IMHO), yet, virtually everyone had highish C4 sugar results, and it is almost impossible for those results to have had anything to do with sugar syrup feeding.
  2. Not sure where Gino worked, but I think in most places, best commercial practice is to dust across the top bars with an icing sugar/oxytetracycline(OTC) mix every time you go into the hive before the honey boxes go on, and then for good measure, some still use extender patties, which are a vegetable shortening, sugar and OTC delight that is thought to give you antibiotic cover during the honey flow. The problem, with only treating in the spring, is that the colonies break down with AFB during the honey flow once the levels of OTC fall below levels which inhibit AFB infection, and whole lot of AFB scale is produced which creates the AFB problem you'll face and treat for next season. That is the slippery slope you fall down, once you start trying to control AFB with antibiotics. This is an ailing industry. It might not be obvious to honey marketers, but it is painfully obvious to beekeepers. We did enjoy booming growth, and now we are experiencing the beginnings of a very unenjoyable bust. The reason is because that growth was rampant and uncontrolled. The industry was overwhelmed with a 'gold fever', and in our madness, colony numbers grew far beyond what was sustainable, beekeeper behaviour degraded to the point where the 'wild west' analogies were totally accurate, and all of us should have been totally embarrassed by our behaviours when it came to the ruthless way we hunted down sites- we could only sleep at night because we told ourselves that others have done the same to us, so we can do it to them. The industry isn't in it's death throws, it will survive, but a lot of beekeepers won't.
  3. It is a madness- that is almost twice as many colonies as there are in Australia, and 200,000 more colonies then there are in all of Canada!
  4. We all knew things were unsustainable, and we all knew that the crazy, unregulated, rampant increase in hive numbers was leading us to disaster, but the speed and severity of the downfall is eye-watering! Day by day it feels more and more apocalyptic.
  5. Any word back from MPI on those results???
  6. Fake News. That beast did not die from drinking water contaminated by a 1080 drop. Thousands of water samples have been taken following 1080 drops, only a very tiny fraction even test positive for 1080, and the testing thresh hold is as low as .1 part per billion(ppb). Even a smaller number have ever been above the allowable limit for drinking water of 2ppb even when taken from streams in the drop zone. At 2ppm a human would have to drink 60,000 litres of that water to get a lethal dose. No beast, no bird, no bee, no person has been harmed by drinking water following a 1080 drop. Only eating the bait can deliver a lethal dose.
  7. Anti-1080ers, like Antivaxxers, Flat Earthers and every other conspiracy enthusiast have never let facts get in the way of a good story.
  8. If all the bees were as healthy looking as the one pictured, except for the K-wing, then I am still betting it isn't CBPV. If there was heavy virus loading, then most of the bee would bee looking slick, and hairless, besides trembling. The bee pictured was literally a picture of health, with very healthy pubescence, but testing will tell. Good on you for acting so quickly on this.
  9. I don't think a virus is responsible for what we are seeing here. It could be an insecticide that caused the wings to unhinge, or something worse. The more I think about this the more worried I get. Call the MPI Hotline if you want some action straight away over the weekend. Let's hope they have been just exposed to an insecticide.
  10. It never started. There are a lot of places on the Planet with 'healthier' bees than we have. There are Pacific Islands that don't even have AFB, EFB or Varroa infecting and infesting their Apis m., and our big worry Australia doesn't have Varroa D. so we only have the absence of EFB to counter, so any panel of judges would give the prize for healthiest bees to OZ in a head to head battle with NZ.
  11. We had a beekeeping industry before the Manuka Boom, and we will have have an industry after the boom. We went from sustainable(and more enjoyable!) to the crazy, unsustainable place we are now, and we will tumble back to something more sustainable(and I hope more enjoyable) over the next few years.
  12. I asked John for help in establishing a new yellow closed population as part of the Hybrid work I am doing, and with full disclosure that we were selling our business, John was still willing to go ahead with the swap- I was very grateful for that. I had some of his stock, literally decades ago, and was impressed with them then, and nothing has changed. I was really impressed with the Queens he sent up to me. One was average, another very good, and 3 were exceptional. I really enjoyed working them every time I went into them. I collected a disproportionate amount of semen from them, and they caused me to doubt some of my breeding beliefs!
  13. Could I share my recipe for a brood break this season- it is simple, add carnica and their hybrids to a persistent drought, and presto you have a brood break in mid-March. We always get a brood break, but not usually until at least mid-April. Most of my nucs are broodless already, and big hives are heading that way, have never seen it happen this early.
  14. The other markers were below reporting thresholds as was the DHA, and the MGO was a massive 6(reporting threshold is 4). It had virtually no Manuka in it. Kanuka and Manuka flowering are totally separate up here.
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