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Everything posted by NickWallingford

  1. I take an interest when I hear statements that can potentially undermine the efficacy of the AFB PMP. I know that if those statements get repeated often enough with no one challenging them, that some people can end up believing they are true regardless. In this case - asserting that the Mgmt Agency should not use powers from both the PMP and the Biosecurity Act - it simply leaves a taint on the PMP, even though what is being done is fully being done with the legal powers available. I recall something in the original drafting of the OIC relating to us having to spell o
  2. I heard something of a complaint, a cry to "this should be wrong", regarding the powers being used by the AFB Pest Management Plan... The issue was that some of the powers being used were specifically spelled out in the AFB PMP order, but that other powers were being used that were authorised by the Biosecurity Act. "This type of thing is not under the AFB PMP but under the Bio Security Act. They seem to be switching things around to suit their agenda to target beekeepers." (Source: Waikato Branch of New Zealand Beekeeping Inc., AGM and General Meeting, 25 May 2019)
  3. If nominated, I will not stand; if elected, I will not serve. (No, those aren't my words, but the sentiment is there.) Richard Bensemann was the best vice president one could ever expect to have. I miss his good humour.
  4. While me, I am a member, and I only got it after writing to ask... Go figure...
  5. As I am a member of NZ Beekeeping Inc, I would have hoped that I, too, might have received this registration...
  6. All honeys have the hydrogen peroxide effect. And for many types of healing, that is enough, when combined with the hygroscopic effect of the honey on the wound. That hygroscopicity (sorry - I just had to structure the sentence so I can use that word...) is what helps to keep the wound moist. I clearly recall Peter Molan describing this aspect. And then he followed up with a sudden, jarring photo of using honey for mastitis and other absolutely 'uhhh...' inspiring slides. He was a delight to listen to, for sure. You came away believing in the powers of honey, and manuka honey, in healing
  7. Has there been more information released about it? I thought I had read an initial announcement, but can't find it just now.
  8. Yes, it would be nice from a marketing point of view. But ultimately if bee products were to be banned from import, it would need to be on sanitary/phytosanitary grounds. We would need to show that any import would pose an unacceptable risk to the health of our bees. Pricing? I'm always amazed when any prices achieved are more than the world price. And to maintain that premium price would take (as someone else said) a good "story", and a lot of on-going work...
  9. NZ Beekeeping Inc said "As the Management Agency the buck stops with them, they should have ensured that the amendment to the levy Order was correct and fit for purpose." It wasn't so much new wording introduced by the amendment - the wording at "fault" has been there since the levy was first created. The irony is not lost on me that Jane Lorimer was president of the NBA when the wording for the levy was first put into place back in 2003. For more than 15 years, clause 7 described the levy on apiaries/hives "...as at 31 March of the levy year for which the levy is paya
  10. Neither APINZ nor the AFBPMP Management Agency could fix it 'in-house'. MPI made the mistake, and MPI decided to fix it. But as @Alistairsays, "the levy everyone pays will remain unchanged". This seems to have been something of a distraction to things that are important for the industry, and driven as much by a desire to embarrass APINZ as anything to do with the levy.
  11. Biosecurity (American Foulbrood—Beekeeper Levy) Amendment Order (No 2) 2020 (LI 2020/155) – New Zealand Legislation WWW.LEGISLATION.GOVT.NZ This order, which comes into force on 10 July 2020, amends the Biosecurity (American Foulbrood—Beekeeper Levy) Order 2003 (the principal order). The principal order imposes a levy on beekeepers to fund the implementation of the National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan. This order corrects errors that were introduced into the principal order on 16 April 2020 by certain amendments made by the Biosecurity (American Foul
  12. Sorry, Dennis, I didn't express it clearly. By quarantine, I was meaning to refer to practices to return the same gear to the same hive (or same apiary, or same unit of a business, etc). So generally involving some sort of marking system, some method of storing so you can get at the ones you want, etc. So with a history of no AFB in your own outfit, the decision might be "don't bother to mark anything". No nearby outbreaks that might indicate that marking one apiary's honey supers to go back to that apiary might be useful?
  13. OK, I've been out of touch with the bee industry for about 20 years. And, yes, things are quite different. But at least I could (mostly from the outside) see how some of the changes have come about. I must say, the sheer scale of the increase in beekeeper and hive numbers is the most remarkable for me... So one thing I'd like to 'catch up on' is asking what sort of conscious management decision to restrict equipment interchange - based on your hives' AFB history, knowledge of the areas, current hot spots, etc - to restrict the spread of AFB within your own hives. But
  14. I am not clear on the expectations that some beekeepers have of the work of APINZ. It appears that APINZ is being help responsible for current lower prices and various aspects of not being able to sell honey at the desired price. Industry organisations can do many things, but making beekeeping profitable is not, IMHO, one of them. Here is something I wrote back in 1994. Though referring to the NBA, the same applies today to APINZ: --------------------- The NBA cannot make beekeeping more enjoyable or profitable... Sound like heresy? Let me explain what I
  15. July 1995 NZ Beekeeper - Peter Molan awarded his MBE
  16. Which people involved in the bee industry have been recognised with a Queen's Honours List award through the years? I've not looked it up, but think that Sir Edmund's recognition was for something else other than beekeeping, and not sure if that was mentioned in the award or not. Peter Molan is one that clearly comes to mind, with the recognition specific to his work with honey. Ivan Dickinson got an award, but I can't remember whether bees or beekeeping was mentioned. He was very involved in community matters. John Hartnell for both service to
  17. Through the 1990s, we came just *so* close to losing the regulatory protection of what is now in our PMP. That is, unless the industry developed the (then) PMS that we did, there would have been nothing to stop the feeding of antibiotics. Nothing to compel a beekeeper to inspect for AFB. Nothing to make them destroy infected hives so they don't threaten the rest of the industry. No way that anyone else could destroy them, either... As as industry, we held firm, and got the regulatory environment that we wanted. The industry had enough confidence in the industry body, the NBA,
  18. Sorry. That is from the minutes of the last AGM of the Waikato branch of NZ Beekeeping Inc.
  19. "The second person has been instructed to burn two 40 foot containers full of equipment. They are relatively new beekeepers and have not done their surveillance of the hives properly. And if they had followed the policy for the surveillance that was set up a few years ago then they would have been targeted for an inspection before they got out of control over the last three years. We do not think that this has happened. They have just jumped in there and pretty much have had burn their whole outfit. He had passed his Deca but failed to recognize the disease. He may have got confused diagnosi
  20. I'm just sorting out an 'indicative attitude' with beekeepers toward AFB and the Mgmt Agency. Some beekeepers lament the fact that the Mgmt Agency does not do more, does not have even more powers, does not target beekeepers who cause the problems enough, does not come down hard enough to deal with AFB. Other beekeepers lament the fact that the Mgmt Agency is too hard, that they target certain beekeepers, that they act in an unforgiving fashion, not giving a beekeeper the benefit of the doubt. All in all, I think the first group reflects my attitude to dealin
  21. When the AFB PMS - now the AFB PMP - was 'built' by the industry in the late 1990s, Government was far from happy about providing even the powers that had been used by the Dept Ag/MAF of the time to 'the industry'. Such things as access to inspect hives brought up all sorts of personal freedom issues, and the consideration of destruction of private goods - not a power they wanted to give to our industry. So I don't doubt that the Mgmt Agency is severely constrained by such as Privacy Act and all sorts of other restrictions in what it is able to say about specific AFB outbreaks. I hope this
  22. Without doubt, the industry pays either way. It pays more if it doesn't happen...
  23. If those contaminated stickies pose a risk to the neighbourhood bees that clean them up, they must surely pose more risk to the beekeeper's own hives if he put them on next season. Rather than neighbouring hives sharing in the spore load from the 30% of boxes that were infected, the beekeepers own hives would be getting the 'undiluted' spore numbers. Inspections - regular, thorough and effective - combined with some form of marking and/or quarantine to be able to trace problems such as in this case. If you haven't managed to incorporate those two into your operation, by the time
  24. At one time, I think Dr Goodwin used to refer to 'uninfected', 'contaminated' and 'diseased' hives. More commonly, they might be 'uninfected/clean', 'sub-clinical' and 'visual'. A few quotes from Mark. Remember, he has worked with 'sub-clinical' infections since the early 1990s, and has seen the efficacy of the plating/testing method improve dramatically. "Uninfected means that the colony does not contain any AFB diseased larvae or any AFB spores. However, I have heard it suggested that if you looked hard enough you would find AFB spores in all hives. This is probably
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