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  1. Here's one I've just figured out... For most of my earlier years in the industry, the National Beekeepers' Assn had admin, accounting, and Executive Secretary services provided by the Pork Industry Board. For my first conference, 1975, Graham Beard was the Exec Secy, followed by David Dobson, and then Steuart Goodman. All up, the NBA worked with the Pork Board for about 20 years... Whenever anyone would ask "Why does the Pork Industry Board" do the admin stuff for the NBA, I had always assumed it was just some other primary producer body who saw the chance to take on
  2. Barely more than a cup or two! When the water level rises in the tubing, it is exerting a force into the wine bag equal to the column of water - not the column of water in the tube, but the imaginary column of water of the same size as the wine bag. So in the case I described, with 9.7 mm water rise in the tube equal to 1kg of weight, if you were weighing a 160kg hive, the water would be 1.6m up the small tube. Admittedly, the models I made back then were not working with that weight - I was designing mostly for something more like half of that - I think I had the scale marked u
  3. Weighing beehives ----------------- Some years ago I asked an engineering friend how *he* would weigh a beehive. I expected some sort of tripod lifting arrangement with scale and lever. Instead, he thought about 10 seconds and said "Using a plastic wine bag!". Took him the best part of an hour to explain it to me and convince me it would work. OK, here goes: cheapish wine in NZ comes in 3 or 4 liter cardboard 'casks', with plastic bag with valve out the side. The bags, once empty (ahem...) are in fact flat in construction - find one that is pretty big. Small bag
  4. At one time I took quite an interest in weighing hives, back before the 'world of digital'. Here's a bibliography I created. IT hive stand. Gleanings in Bee Culture. SepBusker, L.H. The WATDt 1970 pp 521-525. Hive stand with built in bathroom scales under back of hive (WATDIT stands for What Are They Doing In There). Bryan, Ernie. If there is a will there is a weigh. Gleanings in Bee Culture (?). April 1977 page 161. Bathroom scales inserted into frame below hive. Scales not permanently fixed. Shaw, F.R. An improved device for weighing c
  5. In the early 1950s, a sort of black-mildew-blight was found on the manuka plants in South Canterbury. Farmers (remember Rabbit Calicivirus?) quickly began to spread it. Reading between the lines, I think the beekeeping community was somewhat split between "Don't kill our significant honey producer!" and "Maybe those hillsides could be clover, too!" over the issue. I haven't come across many unambiguous statements of industry position...
  6. There is one part of me that doesn't much care who the bkpr is. If the colonies are within the realm of 'abandoned or neglected' (however that would need to be objectively defined...) I would be pleased if they were (1) immediately destroyed if any AFB at all is found (2) go through the process - probably must notify the land occupier, notice under lid, perhaps even newspaper notice? - to end up maybe 30 days later and then destroy the hives. I guess if I think about it long enough, the only reason I have for wanting to identify the bkpr is to charge back for the privilege of remo
  7. I was meaning to say that by about 1950, the Dept of Agriculture had stopped allowing the 'shook swarming' method. The reduction in AFB overall, and an industry-wide interest in dealing appropriately with AFB led to calls such as this to reduce the risks that are out there...
  8. Up until about 1950, NZ beekeepers continued to try out 'remedies' for AFB... The methods almost always involved shaking hives off the frames, sometimes multiple times, to try to use up the last of their stores. Equipment was variously scorched, boiled and disinfected, using the methods and beliefs that were common. It wasn't until about 1950 that (1) 'shook swarming', shaking bees off the combs to treat for AFB and (2) a serious attempt to reduce the risk created by abandoned or neglected apiaries. Even with the calls by the industry at the time, the Dept of Agricult
  9. This comes from 1954. I think there are photos of both beekeepers in subsequent beekeeping magazines...
  10. James, I think that rata, a good smoothly granulated rata, is one of the finest honeys in the world. While I might personally think of it as priceless, I do hope you get the price you want...
  11. Here are notes I made re: observations hives some time back: Observation hives... I've used a variety of observation hives, including a 1 frame 'portable', a 2 frame not quite so portable and a 4 frame vertical. And I agree with Kerry Clark - the 4 frame was without doubt the best for a permanent location. The 2 framer I only ever used as temporary - run out and grab a few frames, one with honey, one with brood. Find the marked queen to put on it. And brace it well in the car (it was perspex...). One design (Russian?) that always intrigued me
  12. Sadly, in N.Z., I think it is simply that there has been little effort to preserve our beekeeping history. The industry has just never been large or important enough for anyone to focus on ensuring the continued availability of the old books. After all, "Everything is on the Internet"... And for sure, if you're going to read these old materials, you need to be clearly aware of the *current* conditions and practices for such things as AFB control and the (then quite indiscriminate) use of agricultural chemicals.
  13. This dates back to 1984, and was mostly relating to the Bay of Plenty and Waikato areas...
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