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Jamo last won the day on April 30

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  1. I had heard 6 mths and even then don't eat any organ meat.
  2. Most extracting equipment is made with single ph motors as equipment manufacturers know that many beekeepers live in the boondocks where 3 ph may not be available. Some gear is 3 ph but usually 230 volt 3 ph so can still be run through vsd from single ph supply. Most extraction gear uses motors 1.5 kw or less. Of course with a few things going total power usage can add up but is usually able to be run from a typical domestic supply.
  3. Was out and about the other day and came across a hive in need of requeening.
  4. How does someone manage to spend 18 k on a Ute deck???
  5. I am not really a fan of more rules but the only way that I could see it being somewhat fair is if landowners had to justify hive numbers based on area of Manuka cover on their property with a hive limit per ha of Manuka coverage. Limiting hive numbers in areas is not something that hasn't been done, in N Dacota USA there is some sort of restriction system. Some councils have a lot to gain form Manuka plantations regarding erosion control and water quality. A can of worms? yes, but justified in a maturing industry? Maybe?
  6. Really enjoyed the conference and catching up with people. For me the stand out presentation was Sammy's talk about varroas feeding methods. Really emphasised the need to keep mite levels low. Also some good info about the effects of miticide residues on queen and drone reproductive abilities. Overall a somewhat flat atmosphere and there was nothing to suggest much improvement any time soon.
  7. I've been finding hives lighter than expected and have had to do a extra feeding round. Might get the national downsizing campaign off to a good start.
  8. Some very good points. Unfortunately putting the bees on hold is a bit harder than puting the hammer and skillsaw in the cupboard for a year or two.
  9. I was there along with quite a few others. Was a good presentation discussing issues with Manuka standard. Another discussing the use of oxalic and glycerine mite treatment. One interesting point was the volume of non Manuka honey being exported at a price point suggesting that it was being labeled as Manuka after export. If my understanding is correct and this is indeed what the new standard has brought about then mpi has created a very negative situation that is not good for consumers or beekeepers but very lucrative for a select few who choose to exploite this situation.
  10. I liked the bit about simply genetically engineering the mites to make them all sterile. Got the impression that it wasn't quite time for Phil to mothball his machine just yet though.
  11. Excluder stays on. It has a drone escape which becomes the entrance as I block the bottom entrance so the undefended honey doesn't get pinched. I also add a 2nd excluded on top to keep queen out of the top feeder. In the past I have tried having a single excluder with entrance on top but have had issues with bees not using the top entrance and dying trying to get out the blocked bottom entrance. all bases are mesh. As long as I reverse the boxes soon enough in the spring the system works well for me and solves a number of issues but it's not for everyone.
  12. Come April all my hives are turned around so single brood box is on top and honey box below. A bit of work but very good for keeping cluster in contact with strips / staples and warm.
  13. We must have worked in diffrent parts of Canada. Where i worked antibiotic laced sugar was fed multiple times during the eairly willow then dandelion flows accross all hives in all apiaries. Defiantly a lot of honey was being collected during treatment and a significant amount of this would have been pushed up as broodnests expanded. Really put me off eating the honey.
  14. There is probably another factor that is effecting the price we get offered for our pasture and Bush honey that is likely a much bigger factor now than it was 5 years ago. We are told that the value of our non Manuka honey is set by the world honey price. Unfortunately a large driver of the world honey price is the volume of cheep Chinese man made fake honey. Check out rotten on Netflix. What we need more than anything is a strong nz brand that elevates our genuine traceable antibiotic free honey above world honey and it's price.
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