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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...
  14. I just returned from a short time in Wellington, where I again took the opportunity to visit the National Library/Alexander Turnbull Libraries. Edgar Earp was one of the very first apiary staff in NZ. Upon his retirement (?) in the late 1930s, he donated his own collection of books and other items - about 400 items in all. They are not really easy to get at - you can't just browse them on the shelf. You have to order them from the catalog. But to be able to hold the programme for the 1913 beekeeper's conference in your hands, with E.A. Earp's signature stamp on it -
  15. The Basics of Beekeeping This article appeared in the NZ Beekeeper No. 190, Winter 1986, pp 11-13. It appeared under the pseudonym 'Skep'. As I cast about for topics suitable for this column, this issue is always the hardest. Though as I write this, the weather is still warm and pleasant, I know that you will be reading it in the throes of winter. My first thoughts were to write about sources of information for the beginner beekeeping. I've decided to save that topic for the future, while optimistically writing this to give the beginner an overview of the cr
  16. This photo from a few years ago now - one of my favourites. Ian Berry once said to me that when he was at the NBA conference each year, it felt like he was with his family. His smile in this photo says it all. I've got several photos of Kevin Ecroyd when he was only a child. He and his sister used to get used in a range of honey-promoting photographic advertisements. Town buzzing with beekeepers | Guardian online WWW.GUARDIANONLINE.CO.NZ Beekeepers from far and wide celebrated their centennial year at the annu
  17. Notice that even as early as this, Allan Bates was active in the bee industry... He was involved for more than 60 years, and would have seen many changes...
  18. In 1910 Mr W Lenz had extended his operations to Taranaki, but in 1913 decided to sell his Taranaki holdings. A small co-operative was formed to buy the bees to sell them out to the members in lots, and to act as a marketing operation. The New Zealand Co-op Honey Producers' Association Ltd (HPA) was formed by HW Gilling (Matapu), HR Penny (Okaiawa), GH Buckeridge (of Eltham, the agent of the Farmers' Co-operative Organisation Society, which handled produce for export to England on consignment), HW Warcup (Hawera), HB Nicholas (Hawera), AR Bates (Kaponga), WJ Melville (Kaponga) and CE Grainger
  19. Russell Poole also played a mean string bass... And he appeared in some NZ quiz show and won a prize? I'll have to look that one up...
  20. In the late 1970s, only a few years or so after I came to NZ to work as a beekeeper, I had the chance to meet Allan Bates. At the time, Allan was in his late 80s. He had started beekeeping in Taranaki before the first war, and he even attended the first NBA Conference ever, in 1912. He served on the NBA Executive on numerous occasions over the years, and as president for two years in the early 1920s. He was made a Life Member by the NZ in 1960. At some point, he moved to Matamata and was a well-respected queen breeder. So I met Allan Bates at a Waikato Field Day - I
  21. @Maru Hoani I certainly do like those tall pallets. My back feels better just looking at the photo...
  22. 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
  23. 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
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