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David Yanke last won the day on June 21 2018

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Just sold my 'nice Kanuka' for $19/kg- was being blended to create much larger batches of both Mono and Multi Manuka, so the Kanuka becomes Manuka, and allows other honeys in the blend to become Manuka as well. This blending is just normal behaviour and accepted now- it should be seen for what it is- fraud. The Standard with 3-PLA playing such a pivotal role encourages this. 3-PLA does not contribute in any positive way to the Standard. The Standard was meant to bring confidence to the Manuka Market Place- it just adds to the uncertainty and distrust.
  7. Why was 3-PLA ever chosen as one of the Manuka Markers- just had a batch of straight Kanuka test at 3100 for 3-PLA. It is an amazing marker for indicating purity of Kanuka, it does nothing to indicate the purity of Manauka, only adds to the confusion, and allows fraudulent behaviour by the blending masters out there.
  8. Before you remap and re clutch, maybe just a larger exhaust as a first step, it is suppose to make a big difference on the V8's, and won't put your warranty(if any) at risk. With 2 heavy pallets on the truck, and 4 on the trailer, you are only barely legal depending on how solid the boxes are- you can't carry more. My V8 underwhelms me at times, but it is still in another league compared to other utes.
  9. I would see those marks occasionally back in my yellow bee days- harder to see with carni's! Called them birthmarks, like John, thought maybe the origins were a sting, or maybe a knock to the cell when being transported. Would find them laying normally sometimes.
  10. Probably 2 queens in the hive you split- mother and daughter most likely, happens more often than you think.
  11. I agree, never put attendants in any type of banking cage. The system works, but you lose varying percentages of the caged Queens, and I don't think they are all the ones that were better off dead any way, and I think mating percentages are lower in nucs where a Queen is being held. The JzBz cages work well for this, with a cell cup on the candy tube, and candy the cages as well- it keeps the Queens out of the tube.
  12. I stand corrected. That just appeared to be what happened when beekeepers brought mellifera alongside cerana. Without the genetic tools we have now, there was no way to distinguish the species. All that was known for sure was that jacobsoni could not reproduce on mellifera, and all of a sudden in 1960 it could, and a convenient explanation was the mutant jacobsoni, and that was accepted theory, until your modern genetic tools took all the fun out of it. If destructor has been around in cerana for millions of years, it did an amazing job of avoiding mellifera until 1960. So nothing until 1960, then virtual global distribution by 2000.
  13. Yes, Varroa destructor is a distinct species, but it originated as a mutant of Varroa jacobsoni less than 60 years ago. And yes, it was Dennis who finally solved the puzzle, and differentiated between the 2 species- we can almost claim him as an honorary Kiwi because he spent a lot of time working for DSIR at Mt. Albert during the 80's, and a bit into the 90's, and a lot of beekeepers came to know him well, and enjoy his company.
  14. Only using the Primorsky Bees as an example. I wouldn't want them here either. From my experience with them, I wasn't impressed with them at all, except for their Varroa tolerance. They were generally a bit nervous and nasty, but worst of all, they were so swarmy, and not very productive. Those negative traits are not necessarily linked to their Varroa tolerance, but with those bees they adapted to the environment they were in.
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