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  1. @Maru Hoani I certainly do like those tall pallets. My back feels better just looking at the photo...
  2. There it is in a nut shell. Elimination within an outfit is possible. More than that, elimination of AFB within one's own outfit is the preferred approach. I have never heard anything like a reasonable case for a cost:benefit analysis based on not doing what can be done to eliminate AFB in one's own hives.
  3. Again, hives are not going to be destroyed because of a positive test. It would only alert the agency to better target the inspections that will happen. A positive honey sample from a packer will not be the basis burning hives, and it is malicious to imply that . The testing will be used to better target inspections that might follow. Arguing about how the results came to be is sort of interesting, but beside the real intention - improving tools and procedures to identify elements that have and do lead to the spread of AFB... I have a hard time underst
  4. If it were not for the PMP, AFB would effectively be de-regulated in New Zealand. Nothing whatsoever could be enforced: no one could be forced to deal with their AFB. Nothing could be done if AFB is exposed to other hives - intentional or accidental. Nothing. No one could be made to do just about anything related to AFB (and nor could anyone carry out inspections without the beekeeper's approval). If the (very small percentage of turnover) AFB levy provides nothing else, the fact that it provides for a degree of regulation of AFB makes it more than worthwhile. As for the empi
  5. Another ad that someone may need to explain to me. The one on the roof is obviously having a good time, but the other bee seems to be sneaking about to break into the house???
  6. Percy Berry and the other Hawkes Bay beekeepers of the late 1940s and 1950s faced the first of the really bad pesticide damage to their hives. Orchardists sprayed quite indiscriminately and there were large bee losses for the first time on such a scale.
  7. Haha I hadn't thought of that but now that you've said it I can't unsee it!
  8. I like the truck with the crank handle in place. And the implications of standing on two boxes to do an inspection - one of them on end! And notice it is only one 'son' at this stage in the business - Ian Berry. @john berry - is that intended to be Percy? I don't remember him with a pipe, but mostly knew him from bee meetings over the years - maybe he smoked a pipe when he was younger?
  9. Or any other removal/swapping of equipment. And base it on risk: think about how many hives might end up with the equipment. I remember one of Mark Goodwin's explanations, giving (I think???) the example of equalising brood between two hives. You put two hives at risk, so you should take reasonable care in inspecting. But take a box of honey from what turns out to be an AFB hive and the risk goes up to 8 or more hives put into possible risk. Any removal or swapping of equipment is a time to remember (possible) consequences - and if the risk is higher, make your inspections more thorough a
  10. I found with small nucs - polystyrene box type - that putting the cell in as you put the cup of bees in worked well. It seemed to 'anchor' the bees a bit better, rather than them just drifting off as soon as they could...
  11. Ripe cells are somewhat resilient. We used to carry them in a small chilly bin with a warm water bottle underneath a towel. Another outfit I worked for had a special box of queenless bees to keep the temperature steady throughout the day of distributing ripe cells. By this stage of development, the almost ready to emerge queens should be able to tolerate some temperature changes, but try to keep them warm - just like the middle of the brood nest...
  12. I'd venture to say it is more like 100%. I don't think there are any of those 2006 bees still alive today... I delivered a bee talk based on the idea "Don't worry about saving the honeybees - save the beekeepers. They'll take care of saving the bees..."
  13. Ah, statistics... If a bkpr reports a 10% hive loss due to failed queens? Significant, I guess, esp. if it can fairly be attributed to that. A 10% loss due to failed varroa treatments? Again, significant and should lead to a change in mangement. But a 10% loss due to AFB? If you haven't already battened down the hatches, ensuring inspections and tracking honey supers, etc, you would be in for a dramatic future. It isn't so much the actual AFB percentage - by your outfit or by the country - it is the massively increased risk of serious AFB outb
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