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Peter Sharpe last won the day on November 15 2015

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About Peter Sharpe

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  1. Peter Sharpe


    Thanks @yesbut Will check the one that the kids have
  2. Peter Sharpe

    MAQS on a single hive

    You can also store maqs in the freezer to extend expiry date if you can't use all 25 before may 17th
  3. Why does the neighbour give the swarms back? he would be better off calling a beekeeper from further away or risk having more hives next door
  4. Peter Sharpe

    What information do you record for your hives?

    Is this app private or available on android? Thanks. Just private at the moment, need to iron out a few kinks.
  5. Peter Sharpe

    What information do you record for your hives?

    I'm using an app that the missus made for me, it records all sorts of information for each hive inspection, date, time, weather, hive conditions, stores, diseases, feed requirements, varoa controls, I put my phone in a plastic bag and us the scan function on barcodes mostly, it all uploads when i get back in cell range. it is still under development, and unfortunately not priority for her so I just have to live with the glitches for now. :oops: for the highly skilled missus - yes for the farmer / hobby beekeeper with fat fingers - no
  6. Peter Sharpe

    Help with inspecting my hives Canterbury

    Shouldn't do, you should do an afb check before you remove anything from the hive. hopefully you will have someone to help by then. If it is after Xmas I could be tempted to a roadtrip seeing as how you have good rivers down there
  7. Peter Sharpe

    Comvita Moves In

    The barcodes could be doing any number of things. From simple track and trace of honey boxes to hive inspections records that feed to an app. My partner sells them and in her spare time is building me an app for hive monitoring. She doesn't have much spare time so it is taking a while. I tested the barcode scanner on my phone and it still works from inside a plastic bag.
  8. Peter Sharpe

    Comvita Moves In

    For us, it is because beekeeper a has been there for generations and they are good blokes. I've got other places to put my own bees well away from there's I can understand why other land owners might prefer beekeeper B
  9. Peter Sharpe

    NZBF Proposal to new site owners.

    Try farmers markets too, those stall holders love to talk & would probably love to have some bees to pollinate their crops
  10. Peter Sharpe

    Bee health/Colony Loss Survey Results

    You don't, they are very poor graphs. I looked at them and couldn't decipher so I gave up. Probably won't bother with the survey this year.
  11. Peter Sharpe

    Bee health/Colony Loss Survey Results

    Got that too but only just read it now. I wonder if they look at it on a regional basis? To see if there are any local issues,
  12. Peter Sharpe

    Let's Ban Roundup

    I've got sheep tidying up round my hives. They do a great job.
  13. Peter Sharpe

    Suspected Poisoning of Bees

    Too right, I'd be upset if my cattle were deliberately poisoned and expect some police action but I would hope the headline would read "What killed 20 cattle?" rather than "what killed $15000 worth of cattle?"
  14. Peter Sharpe

    Suspected Poisoning of Bees

    Is it bugging anybody else that this story quantifies bees as a dollar value rather than number of bees or colonies?
  15. Give me a call in spring. I'll be splitting hives. My bees out leeston way are going much better than my home hives