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  1. Hannes_AUT

    Austrian Beekeeper visiting NZ

    Hi, new update to my "beekeeping" holiday in NZ. Had a really great time with James, thanks again for the opportunity to work with you. Learned a lot and not only about beekeeping, he is knowledgeable about a lot of different topics and has some great stories to tell. Thanks to his "widespread apiary placement" I could see a lot of nice scenic and different landscape. Atm. I'm in Golden Bay and working as helpX, already missing the mountains again. Seems like I'm not born for undisturbed wonderful beaches. Cheers Hannes
  2. Hannes_AUT

    Austrian Beekeeper visiting NZ

    Hi, only worked with one beekeeper so far. Was very good experience though and learned a lot about the NZ beekeeping. Already hate manuka honey and hope they will not find a honey like this in europa (Sadly I think in slovenia they have found somewhat similar already). Currently it is more a standard NZ adventure, I'm staying near Tongariro and waiting for good weather to do the crossing (hopefully on Thursday). Good thing about this bad weather is, that I have time to do a little bit of programming work for my company and making preparation for my yearly tax report. Cheers Hannes
  3. Hannes_AUT

    Austrian Beekeeper visiting NZ

    @karuhi is your offer still available? I'm beekeeping at the moment near Auckland but soon (end of next week or earlier) want to make a short trip north before driving south (where I want to be around beginning of January). My contacts: Mail: office[at]btree.at Phone: 027 215 9408 Cheers Hannes
  4. Hannes_AUT

    Austrian Beekeeper visiting NZ

    Ahh now I see what you did [at] should be @. As for answering your mail, your mailbox is full. When I would travel for snow, I probably would choose Japan. Cheers Hannes, btree.at
  5. Hannes_AUT

    Austrian Beekeeper visiting NZ

    No. Beekeepers are organized in societies, with one head organization (https://www.biene-oesterreich.at/). If you want support from the government you need to be member, but actually it is not mandatory and it is not a research institute. Support -- You can get money as: new beekeeper; equipment; bigger build Investments (total value limited per year); organic beekeeper (EU Only) all ist more or less based on your current amount of hives. The money support is good and bad, it bumps up the prices for the equipment and dumps down the prices for honey. Without the support surely a lot of commercial beekeeper would stop, so the government needs to keep spending money. As for research is done mostly by universities, example here is "my" university (Karl-Franzes-Univsersity of Graz, http://www.zukunft-biene.at/). They do a yearly evaluation of hive loss over winter (http://data.bienenstand.at/?setting=5971d9d6aa2ac709da597aa6), they did check on the diversity of pollen collected (I did also participate) (http://bienenstand.at/uncategorized/c-s-i-pollen-speisekarte-2015/) (my pollen traps: https://youtu.be/bIrqxE0pjoU) and now they check for the various viruses in a beehive (I do also participate) The most famous person (beekeeping related) from our University is probably "Karl von Frisch (1946-1950) and Karl Crailsheim". Cheers Hannes
  6. Hannes_AUT

    Austrian Beekeeper visiting NZ

    Should be ok and working. Already got enough job offers for my start in NZ, thanks. Don't want to plan my whole (holiday) trip ahead. Your community seems great and open, can't wait to visit your country. Cheers Hannes, btree.at
  7. Hannes_AUT

    Austrian Beekeeper visiting NZ

    Can't find an option to send you a private message in this forum, my E-Mail: office[at]btree.at Cheers Hannes
  8. Hannes_AUT

    Austrian Beekeeper visiting NZ

    The video was a harvest in the middle of the season, that means there is still yield going on. On the last harvest, when there is no honey coming in, I will use a veil and I work only from 05:00-08:00 a.m. to prevent robbery and fighting between bees. It is not that I never get stung but when there is an aggressive behaviour I will change the queen. Actually I really love snow and really hate it that I am not in Austria when there is snow, but sadly it is the only time I can leave for a longer period of time. It is an old law from the time of Nationalists. It is to protect the "natural" bee race in our area. In Austria only two regions have this law (Styria and Carinthia). I think in Slovenia it is the whole country. As biologist I do not think the current A. m. carnica is any more natural as other bee races, honeybees are for too long reared by humans that you can say "natural" or "wild". Still I think A. m. carnica (like old cattle races or old vegetables) is worth to be protected and I do not mind the law, but even with the law you can't rear pure carnica queens without mating places (they are even more protected by law and no beekeepers allowed to move in this area) or artificial insemination otherwise you get a hybrid. When you look at the evolutionary bee history the "natural" bee races in our area are A. m. carnica and A. m. melifera, sadly A. m. melifera is not well protected I think only in Switzerland there are a few areas. As to which I think is the best race, I don't think there is one. The best is the one which is reared in your region for a long time, because they somehow know what and when to do. I am not a big fan of "buckfast", because this is a mix of races but most commercial beekeepers say they are the best (most honey). To the machine it is good when you want to create artificial swarms, otherwise a leave blower is the best I think. Cheers Hannes, btree.at
  9. Hello everyone, I'm a small certified organic beekeeper living in the Austrian alps. I do beekeeping since 5 years, started with 3 hives - now managing around 50 hives. I have done a little bit beekeeping in Australia (3 days) and Vietnam (1 week). My main yield is honeydew from aphids, I don't move my hives to yields, all apiaries are located above 1.000m. Season is from March - July. Each hive needs about 20kg honey to survive the winter. I use Langstroth 2/3 for honey and brood (2 units). The race is A. melifera carnica (I must use this race by law of our region) and I rear my own queens. Average honey yield in Austria is different for each region, of course you get the most when you move your hives and then you can get up to 100kg per hive. My average is 20-25kg. This year was really bad, only 8-10kg per hive and a big and difficult melezitose yield, which gives me a lot of headaches/work at the moment. Most beekeepers in Austria are just hobby beekeeper, with around 200 hives you could make a living (if you move to yields and don't sell all honey on wholesale). The by far biggest beekeeper in Austria is managing close to 10.000 hives on 600 apiaries. You can sell honey between 8-15 €/kg. I sell wholesale organic honey for 7,5 €/kg and end customers 14 €/kg. (1 € = 1,8 NZ Dollar) Everyone is allowed to keep bees in Austria, by law from Maria Theresia. - Varroa is a medium threat (because of winter and brood stop), most people using organic acids. - AFB is in some region more bad than others (Sadly I have had hands on experience with it). - EFB is seldom - Hive beetle (Italy atm.) & Vespa velutina (France , Spain atm.) still not here, but probably will be in 1-2 years. - Pesticide are medium threat on some fields, laws changing a lot in on this topics - Shigellosis is sometimes a problem, because the honeydew and strong winters I'm open for any question you may got about Austrian Beekeeping. Few of my hives in winter: https://i.imgur.com/cayMJBN.jpg https://i.imgur.com/JpSbP9V.jpg Queen Crafting: https://i.imgur.com/VgJ9I03.jpg Bee bread harvest: https://i.imgur.com/t0serPn.jpg ---- I will travel to NZ on working holiday visa, when I'm finished to prep. my hives for winter (around November). Current plan is to fly middle of November to NZ (try to get enough money for a car) and fly back around March, when my season starts again. I want to work at least 1-2 months in NZ to experience "NZ beekeeping" as woof'ing or "normal" work. Maybe someone here can give me some tips were to look for jobs or best way to get into the NZ beekeeping scene and maybe some other tips. My beekeeping experience: - 5 years of small scale organic beekeeping - Queen Crafting/Rearing and Mating Places - Artificial Swarms & Splits - AFB identification and clean ups - various organic Varroa treatments (oxalic acid, formic acid, total brood renew, queen closing) My other skills: - fencing and stock management (alpacas, cows) - lumberjacking (I manage a small forest with my father) - driving tractors and trucks - programmer (various languages) & good with computers (ex. could help to set up a homepage) - basic biology (I study biology at university) My job experience: - junior sales assistant (backoffice, creating graphics, customer support) - working in saw mill - working as postal courier - working on petrol station (book keeping, backoffice) - my own company (programming and graphic related stuff) (btree.at) - working on large scale alpaca farm in Australia for 1,5 months (certificate of employment) - working on tea tree oil farm in Australia for few weeks (mainly house keeping jobs) Current occupation: my own company, organic beekeeper and biology student (did this year some behaviour research in Africa on cichlids) Here is a small video in english I did about a South Korea bee sweeping machine, were you can see some of my hives in the background: Cheers Hannes