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tom sayn

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  1. Watson & Son - Bad News - NBR

    that is significantly better than what i would have thought, @jamesc i'm surprised they can retain those wages considering disease related hive losses and flops that happen when you place huge bee numbers in unknown territory, etc. certainly explains why they find people who work for them.
  2. Watson & Son - Bad News - NBR

    they also put a lot of people out of a job and a livelihood and also prevent a lot of enterprises from happening that might be a lot more community orientated, not jut claiming it. from the same "floral" resources a 10.000 beehive operation with say 20 beekeepers/workers exists, about 50 self employed beekeepers could have the same income as an employee of Watson. but i actually have no idea what a average "Waton or so" employee would earn. my guess is that unless you are "team leader" (and that would be a hell of a stress job), you earn somewhere around minimum wages if that. (the one thing in beekeeping that never changes) or am i wrong?.
  3. Some new research on Varroa

    it's actually sad that university and science is mainly about how you present yourself and your stuff and how good you are in securing founding rather than actually "doing good research"
  4. Some new research on Varroa

    it wouldn't surprise me if it was correct (but i doubt it will be that groundbreaking). it often puzzles me how little we know and how much we just accept as fact. i remember once sitting in a truck with a scientist on varroa and asking her a question that i had for a long time: if a mite spends 14 days in a capped drone cell and than 3/4 offspring hatch, those after only a few days reenter into drone cells and hatch 14 days later with 3/4 mites offspring of their own, then in theory a much higher reproduction rate must be possible than what we are told. misses Dr Dr arrogantly replied that everyone knows that mites double or triple per month and i haven't got a clue what i was talking about. so yes, totally possible nobody ever checked what they feed on and also possible our mites reproduce 5 times faster than we think when the infection rate is only low, cos i don't think anyone has ever bothered to check.
  5. Contaminated Honey?

    soil drenching might be the cause. some plants receive a huge load of nics into their plant hole. even if those plants don't produce nectar they might produce honey dew or fruit that is taken up by bees or weeds that grow around these plants will be contaminated. the soil contamination is very persistent over time. i think grape plantings for wine for example are treated that way.
  6. AFB test kits

    as usual so good to have you on this forum, @Dave Black i was told differently by the bee professors in my apprenticeship in the 80th and sure i was told the same either in the deca course in 2000 or read in the book. never observed afb in drones throughout my beekeeping career. but i haven't seen many sever cases, and as @Rob Stockleysaid, probably not enough energy left in a bad effected one to do drones.
  7. accountant

    ok. thanks. please flick me a line when you are available. i only had 2 afb last year and one this year at a totally different location. still i would like to maintain an afb free operation (and wish i wasn't the only one).
  8. accountant

    thanks, @Rene Gloor is the check done only at night or also daytime?
  9. AFB test kits

    you must know then if afb shows up in drone brood, right?
  10. AFB test kits

    i'm a 100% positive on that. check with @Mark Goodwinor @Dave Blackif you don't believe me. this gungy brood you find in drone layers, in particular laying workers, is very common. looks a bit like sac without the sac and also very similar to afb. would like to know what virus it is caused by. possibly secondary infection and not what actually kills the larvae?
  11. AFB test kits

    afb does not effect drone brood. you can not self - check for afb with matchstick (also not with kid set) if you have no capped worker brood. since this hive has no symptoms of clinic afb the normal response would be to treat this hive as any none infected unless you have reason to believe the hive is contaminated.
  12. accountant

    i'd love to have my hives checked by a dog. is that possible and do you know what that would cost me?
  13. accountant

    it's more the fear of what is about to come. there is a time bomb ticking and we have decided to just ignore it and make hay while the sun shines. there seems to be the biggest boom of beekeepers entering i've ever noticed right now. i have decided to supply them with bees. at least i know they most likely start off with afb free hives but this might change very quick considering what's happening now. some things have to get worse before they get better and once all these yuppy type new beekeepers have to burn hives with all the plastic in populated areas, maybe some pencil pushing sleepyhead will awaken.
  14. the food stream, regardless if supplied by you or natural flow, will have a direct influence on cell size. if you supply cells commercially then size does matter. you don't want to have to explain a customer why the small cells might be just as good.
  15. accountant

    @Daleysummed it up quite nicely so i go with that. don't feel like ruining my morning by explaining myself any further. already had a bad night after i had to burn an afb last night....
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