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  1. Ive got a story I bit like that. Happened last year. My veil at the time was getting a bit second hand and had a moderate size hole in it but not too much of a problem in spring when the bees are usually reasonably polite. One of our yards has a big Pukatea tree right beside it and while I quite like Pukatea's for their abundant pollen which nicely fills the gap between gorse and willow eairly and everything else later in spring this particular tree happens to be a favorite for swarms. It's quite tall and not particularly easy to recover swarms from. Anyhow one day about this time
  2. Generally grafted cells are started under queenless conditions and are therefore at least started under emergency conditions. Cells raised totally under emergency conditions are typically capped about a day earlier than those raised under superceedure / swarm conditions snd are theirfor not fed as much and don't develop as fully as queens. This is why most cell raising systems change to a queen right superceedure condition soon after the cells are started.
  3. Been out and about requeening a few problem hives this arvo. Question is, are we going to requeen that problem hive in Wellington?
  4. Are you feeding invert sugar? It can be prone to crystallization
  5. It seams that at the moment a third of the countries hives are producing honey that can't be sold at a price that is sustainable. I am afraid that I can't really see this getting better until the industry significantly downsizes. This might mean that many hives are abandoned and left to die and might be happening already. Can't really see how this situation can be described as "good shape" and it would be good if it was acknowledged a bit more.
  6. Some independent research results from a few years ago.
  7. I believe that there was some independent testing done that (from memory) showed a measurable reduction in nosema.
  8. I assume that I am the guy you refer to here. The fact is that of course I can't be 100 % sure that it was any thing to do with agrisea. My situation is that my spring sites are not the best, most are quite high in altitude and slow off the mark in spring. For a number of years I was seeing a frustrating number of hives really struggle to get going in spring. About 6 yrs ago after talking to others I gave agrisea a go and haven't had the same spring issues since. The only real change was the agrisea and given that the results are consistent over a number of years I am
  9. I have been using agrisea for a number of years now and have observed a significant reduction in nosema like / spring dwindling symptoms in that time. Of course other beekeepers with different hive management and pollen resources around their sites may not see any observable differences with or without it.
  10. Another way to think about this issue is that if any mites develop resistance to one chemical then the other one should take them out before they have the chance to bread up and spread about. Maybe this is a positive rarther than a negative for other neighboring beekeepers. My opinion is if you are going to treat with 2 chemicals you need a full dose of each so quite spendy.
  11. My understanding is that maybe half of the oxalic acid degrades during the process of dissolving it into the glycerine if you are careful. What's left probably continues to degrade but at a slower rate depending on exposure to air, moisture, temperature etc. Definately and area that needs some research.
  12. Are you going to share this new trick or is it a secret?
  13. My wax melter is a copy of a finlay melter with a few little changes to make it better. It cost about 4k about 15 years ago. There is quite a bit of time involved with refining beeswax and dealing with slumgum. Bottom line is that at $7 /kg you have to pour off a lot of blocks before you pay for your melter and wages and actually start to make a profit from wax.
  14. When you travel to different parts of the world you come across some interesting toilet arrangements. One unique one was at the Belt rodeo in Montana USA. The rodeo was a very low key local event but obviously a significant event and very well attended. Went into the men's and there was a water trough in the middle of the room that everyone stood around. There was netting over top of it which I guess stoped people falling in as everyone got more drunk as the day went on. As the day went on I started to wonder if the trough was big enough. There were separate plywood stalls for n
  15. I think that is what is happening through the umf group and it's levy system but it needs the support of the Industary bodies. I Agree that Manuka has created a number of negative outcomes but there have been positives as well.
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