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  1. Have been busy pulling brood and making splits with queen cells. When we use cell we always do the rock test to see if they "shake". Anyhow found a cell that didn't so pulled it apart and it had pupated but was dead. There was one lone mite in the cell. So question time, has anyone else found a mite in a queen cell? This is the first time I have.
  2. The future could be very interesting. Just have to hope that the mites get to the abandoned / missmanaged hives first.
  3. All we need is a few of those Homer Simpson glow sticks and we could rig up an inline honey sterilizing system in the extraction room. The inspection found the infected hive but the monkey on the truck didn't find all the boxes that came off that hive. Like you said, nothing is 100% but we leant from the experience. Wrote about it here somewhere many moons ago.
  4. For sure it is better to feed sugar and eliminate a potential afb transfer situation but I feel that it is unrealistic to expect beekeepers to do that when many honey types are not worth extracting but still might need taking off for shifting etc. Far better to emphasise the need to be thorough with inspections and traceability. Regarding wets I have seen hives infected from wets extracted after a missed infected box where I can guarantee that all frames were put back in their own boxes. Considering this I would not underestimate the ability of wets to transfer afb.
  5. What you say is correct however some extraction plants mix the frames up during extraction so the frames from one box might end up in maybe 3 different boxes so maybe not that much different. The key thing here is thoroughly inspecting each hive when any hive component is taken away from it. Another thing I do to manage risk is labeling each pallet of wets with the site it came from so if spring inspections find an issue I can act accordingly with the boxes that came from that site.
  6. With the price of Bush honey the way it is a large part of the industry is already using frames of honey as feed. As long as the hives are inspected when it comes off and apiaries don't have a disease history what is the problem? Reusing wet honey boxes has the same risk as using frames of feed honey and heaps of us do that.
  7. Can potentially be done at 40 degrees with the right gear
  8. We should remember that they have done a lot of good for the industry by getting honey into high value markets and building the nz honey "brand". However importing propolis and potentially risking the health of the countries bees while there is plenty of local propolis won't be making them any friends.
  9. I am sure that any propolis would be coming in under an import health standard. Unfortunately import health standards failed to protect the dairy and beef Industary from m bovis or the kiwi fruit Industary from psa. Mpi seam very relaxed about putting the whole nz agricultural and hort industries at risk for the sake of a deal which benefits a select few.
  10. It's hard to support a company that firstly is willing to put the whole industry at risk and secondly is not supporting the local beekeepers at a time when they really need it. Kind of shows how much they truly value their hives or anyone else's
  11. And they will decide that they don't want them when they are half way there
  12. Came across this hive the other day. Had a few cups of dead bees out the front but otherwise healthy with a box and a half of bees and some nice brood.
  13. We had a hive that had slipped through the cracks and was mite riddled back in mid August. Would have still been about 4 fms of bees. We added 4 frames of brood and treatment then and added another 4 fms of brood start of Sep. Went back to that yard today and that hive still had issues, was worse than hives made up from scratch with 6 fms brood so added more brood. Seams that starting with the original 4 fms of bees and sick brood was much worse than starting with nothing. Rest of yard going great.
  14. Fair enough. We did washes on about 20 % of our hives and all the hives with high visual mites when we pulled the honey and put in apivar. We found 5 hives above 35 and they all fell over during the treatment period so perhaps my theory regarding high mite counts being a death sentence needs to be specific to when treating in autumn with apivar.
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