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ReneeJones

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  1. My grandad has had bees since he was 12 he's now 83 .. so about 70 years he's been doing it.. I believe when we originally did the sugar shaking to find resistance... the higher might numbers the faster they collapsed.
  2. People seem to define it differently. . We say resistance because we don't get the diseases/ virus' from the Varroa but the Mites do still show up in the odd one. They are removed from our breeding tester hives if they have anything wrong at all.. our bees are very nice.. I believe a cross but very very nice bees I work them in my pj shorts occasionally when a cold day turns hot. No veil no gloves for years.. so much I don't even own one lol
  3. Seen your email today grandads going to get back to you.. he's also been talking with Tony Roper since he returned from holiday. AND possibly another beekeeper who has already got the bees in his hives. Thanks look forward to hearing more from you Renee
  4. In terms of over stocking I think it definitely is a problem.. there's not enough apiary instructors or people to teach new people what they should properly be doing. . I'm sure Damien O'Connor would get information from various bee keepers before making final decisions and I'm not sure about what impacts the levy will have to the current procedures
  5. Hi yes this is a good point.. we do have sites inbetween our sites .. we have sites about each 1k so it is not as sparsely populated as I thought.. thus we have bees who get more resistant when bred with our drones.. and less if they breed elsewhere thanks
  6. From Gary Let us simplify the Mite resistance debate.. The drone larvae in the eastern honey bee are parasitised by the Varroa Mites Western bee races like the Caucasians on the boarder of the eastern honey bee domain tend to also have some recessive eastern bee features included in Thier genetic make up. When Varroa Mites changed Thier host to the western honey bee which is our main bee used for pollination and honey production, the Mites also infected the worker brood causing an explosion of mite numbers in the hives associated with various virus', colonies collapsed, of
  7. Hi everyone. . I have showed my grandad this site.. thank you to those who have already emailed.. He has given me a letter to type out in reply.. Thanks
  8. We're not focused on hygienic behaviour that is just a side effect from our gene resistance program and selection.. (From Gary)
  9. I've been corrected ... we have NEVER imported bees..
  10. Yes that's a fair assumption there aren't many in our area except for honey season when people move into our area
  11. Our business is fairly secluded with most people only moving in for honey flow.. it's clear from what we have done that the bees we have if they breed with our drone stock they get stronger .. if they don't they get weaker... so essentially when queens are being mated there isn't all that much other peoples drones about .. it's a serious start in the right direction.. The westcoast had a quarantine area when Varroa hit all over NZ. . I believe we were about the last area to get it.. alot because of the quarantine but also because it was fairly less populated with hives aswell.. Than
  12. Basically some of you will always be skeptical. . And that's fine.. I'm sure if I didn't see it for myself I might react the same way.. there are a few people who can see the benefits and understand biologically things don't happen overnight specially for something like this.. I'm sure immunization dosent work perfectly when it's first produced.. we are actually trying to create a solution to the issue and the Varroa problem is alot bigger than just one company... I appreciate the genuine responses from some people but don't want to debate this forever. . Likely some of you won't believe it ti
  13. Ok I admit I'm not explaining it the best I could.. previous years we have not treated at all.. we have only put the one bayvoral sliced in half during this winter.. previous years we have not used them at all.. currently the only hives to have strips in are the ones that bred outside of our drone stock.. the ones that did breed with our drone stock are still stronger and with less to no Mites showing in sugar shakes. We cannot do all of nz by ourselves.. the main point is that each season the Mites are less effective on our bees while Mitacides are getting less effective in treating the mit
  14. Thanks Marky Yes they will be for sale in spring aslong as we can get either a govt grant or funding from somewhere to build up in time for spring.. People have already tried them out and we have nothing but good reviews. My grandad Gary Jeffery is better at explaining than I am about the genetics and biology of it as he has a BSc and way more experience than I do.. that is the reason I put semi commercial. . Because we currently don't have the hive numbers to be calling it commercial. . But before Varroa he sold his queens all over NZ and the world.. so if able to produce the numb
  15. I have answered the ones that seemed like serious enquiries and left the ones who seem to take the piss. . That's fine if you don't want to believe that there is resistance that's up to you.. I personally have worked on it so I know how good the bees are when most people have Thier hives dying out if they were to leave the strips out.. so far ours only need strips to help them through winter and some don't even need it then. . Yes it will take time to spread over NZ.. If you have questions I'm more than happy to try answer them as long as your not trying to be rude.. thanks everyone
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