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  1. Whilst I have always been aware that birds will pierce grapes, I had thought the small punctures were wasps. Last year I definitely witnessed large amounts of bees puncturing grape skins. You couldn't see the bunches of grapes! It was so extreme I had to harvest the whole crop. They destroyed kgs of grapes. This year it was not so extreme. My grape is a late black table grape, not ripe until end of March beginning of April. I don't know the varietal, all I know is that it is a very old fashioned one, with cuttings being handed down for at least four generations. I live in a small township in a major cropping area. Once the crops are harvested there is nothing for birds and bees. That's when I have to place the bird netting. However, the bird netting needs to let the sunlight in, and therefore the bee can access the grape through the netting. The last two years we have had extreme heat and drought, and there has been no bee forage on road berms. Between all this and lack of floral sources and probably lack of water, we have to be careful with robbing. This year in the beginning of April when the atmospheric dew started at night, this did alleviate the problem. I don't have bees on my home property. My friends in ChCh grow the same grape varietal and they never have to place bird netting, nor do they have any probs with wasps and bees. Re bird netting. The netting over the grapes does not seem to worry the bees. However, when I do sage pollination and the bird netting is placed over the crop, the honey bees stop pollinating, with only bumble bees present.
  2. BEEKEEPERS' DAY OUT UPDATE: TRADE DISPLAY CONFIRMED AsureQuality Ltd, Chantel Rich, South Island Apiculture Officer, Lincoln We will continue to take reservations for attendees until the end of next week. This is a world class speaker programme, with great trade displays. The Canterbury Hub is recognised as having a good vibe at events. There is plenty of time allocated for Q&A, networking and socialising. ALL WELCOME, BUT REGISTRATION REQUIRED http://www.apinzcanterbury.org.nz/index.php
  3. That's interesting John, but I have watched the honey bees pierce the grapes
  4. As nectar sources are depleted at this time of the year, the bees will go for the grapes. Grapes are a high sugar content fruit. They pierce the skin and enjoy the contents. The rotting grapes are probably bee damaged grapes. Perhaps he can pick all his rotting grapes and put in the compost. Eat the good grapes.
  5. Use a division board, with the cut out scoop entrance down. A division board is just a hive mat with a small scoop in the wooden frame.
  6. HONEY HOUSE TOUR & WESTLAND FIELD DAY 2018 40 Hub members visited Glassons Honey, Blackball then adjourned for socialising and meal at the Blackball Hilton, where most from this side of the "hill" stayed the night before the Westland Field Day. Just under 100 attended the Field Day, held at Moonlight Hall. Photos show Gary Glasson with his Ezyloader drum lifter, capable of 400 kg lifts. Also glass and metal artwork at Glassons. No AFB on this specimen! The West Coast Hobbyist Club trade display the following day at Moonlight with soaps, candles and api-haberdashery. Drapery items ranged from $2.50 upwards. Suzie Roper's quilts available for sale suziegirl123@hotmail.com with bee & floral themed material and complex top stitching were stunning. Whoops - will have to give the artwork, and the West Coast Hobbyist stand a miss. Can't get my beekeeping skills around resizing MIDLANDS APIARIES & KAIPAK TOURS, ASHBURTON 50 beekeepers and market sector Hub members rocked up for this event. After visiting Midlands Apiaries the group went next door to plastic packaging manufacturer Kaipak. The precision robots were remarkable, nothing like we had ever seen before. The group then retreated to an Ashburton restaurant for the evening. Photo shows some Hub members waiting their turn to commence the tours.
  7. I think you should find a good bee club and join it Also suggest you attend the Beekeepers' Day Out, Sunday 12 May, Lincoln Uni. Online bookings only http://www.apinzcanterbury.org.nz/index.php
  8. That sounds like a helluva lot of gorse. How do you get away with that? If it's sheltered it would be good for a local person to have a grafting yard at one end, and a major amount of nucs. Beeks with grafting and nuc yards don't like travelling too many kms, cos of the intensity of their work.
  9. Still got brood in hives. Thank goodness, cos it's those young autumn bees that the hives need to overwinter with. Drones not yet on second frame in. Hives now light on stores, so having to make sure they have enough tucker to overwinter. Some on rocket seed production pollination. Due to extreme temps in summer, nectar and pollen sources were lean, but pollen has improved over the last month with atmospheric due at night. Varroa levels low. And of course have got absolutely fabulous queens. Not seen any rodents in sheds or yards yet, which generally happens after crops have been harvested.
  10. WORKSHOP, SOCIAL EVENT & HUB AGM HELD TUESDAY 9 APRIL: We had a great attendance at the “Meet the ApiNZ Honey Judges” workshop, with a good spread from all sectors of the industry. Many thanks to Claudine McCormick and Maureen Conquer for their interesting hour-long talk. This was followed by honey tasting, platters and socialising prior to the Hub AGM. A delicious buffet meal followed. Extra thanks to Maureen for taking the time to fly from Auckland especially for the Judges’ presentation, and Airborne Honey for honey wheel charts and pollen microscopy slides, and to Hantz Honey for complimentary hall hire. It’s always a gamble when we go to a site a bit off the beaten track, and that is part and parcel of our large geographic area. But each time we get our core element and depending on speakers and location of venue we refreshingly get a variety of faces; often new. Photo - L: Maureen Conquer. R: Claudine McCormick BEEKEEPERS' DAY OUT UPDATE Currently we have 100-seat occupancy. 200 seats are the target, for our truly exciting world class programme. The Hub Committee are incredibly pleased to note bookings from Southland through to Motueka. DUE TO STRICT CATERING REQUIREMENTS BOOKINGS MUST CLOSE 19 APRIL OR AT CAPACITY DON’T DELAY – BOOK TODAY http://www.apinzcanterbury.org.nz/index.php CONFIRMED TRADE DISPLAYS: Platinum Sponsor: NZ Beeswax Ltd, Orari Silver Sponsors: Kaipak Ltd, Ashburton. 100% Pure New Zealand Honey Ltd, Temuka Other Trades: AFB Detector Dogs (Corsons’), Whitecliffs. Beeline Supplies Ltd, Dunedin. Beequip NZ, Motueka. Croftpak Ltd, Christchurch. Ecrotek Ltd, Christchurch. Hill Laboratories, Hamilton. North Canterbury Beekeepers Club, Kaiapoi. Trade display enquiries welcome – three foyer spaces still available, plus outdoor spaces Promptly hit your keyboard contacting Carolyn McMahon carolyn@hantzhoney.co.nz or 03 324 3885 ITEM FOR AUCTION (PROCEEDS TO HUB): One ticket for Queen Cell Production PowerPoint Tutorial for Producing Large Numbers of Quality Queen Cells. Springston, Canterbury 9 June. Donated by Maggie James. See attached pdf Maggie Advert Final Draft Apr 2019 J.pdf
  11. So tell me how all our honeydew honey passes the Manuka DNA when there’s not a Manuka Bush within cooee and the honey never crystallises or separates ? where is the secret valley of Manuka bushes ? just how many bushes does it take to get a pass on the DNA ? Next time you get beech dew extracted, pay a staff member to wave manuka flowers over the beech dew before it goes in the tank.
  12. Hoheria = nectar & high grade protein pollen. Comes up favourably high on the T4Bs lists
  13. Thank you for this information. We have a good sized Hub meeting on Tuesday. Canterury and Westland are incredibly lucky in speakers, cos we want to hear what is happening. Our invited Hub speakers are booked up until the end of this year. We are already accepting speakers for our major event in 2020, but that is a Hub membership and committee decision as to the topics selected. All very democratic, the committee go with what the membership wants.
  14. Thank you for your comment Phil. We are very open minded on speakers. The reality is that most of the speakers for our Beekeepers' Day are Hub members. Those who aren't either reside or work in the Hub area. There are only so many speakers we can fit into one Day, and we already have a speakers list for offers to speak for next year, and yes we have a queue for speakers for Hub monthly meetings. So yes, it is onwards and forwards for us, as we have a queue of speakers. Though for this year we do have trade display places still available at a nominal rate, so I guess its onwards and upwards for open minded people who want a trade display.
  15. NOTIFICATION OF BACK UP SPEAKER IF REQUIRED FOR BEEKEEPERS' DAY OUT: Honey Bunny has 20 years experience in the following: How to survive a Natural Disaster: She has experience in the first Canterbury earthquake and can describe how to fit into 1 cm between the bed and the wall for protection. She can also describe how she has never tried to get food off the kitchen bench since the first September earthquake, cos that's where she was when it all started to happen. Honey Bunny has also survived a 100 year old flood from Lake Ellesmere in which she survive floating around the back section on a seed propagation tray. From thereon in, she retreated to the highest point of the wood heap. Alternative Controls for Pest & Diseases: Honey Bunny, aka Darling or Beautiful, despite her age, is the most agile rodent catcher in Leeston. Does not like catching ferrets. There will be absolutely no problem with those in the back seats finding Honey Bunny inaudible. She has the voice of a gannet.
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