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  1. Why not check out your thread @Alastair and check out what @Otto is using to sew the staples? And when I say ‘sew’ . . . .
  2. I think what would help more . . . is the spelling of his name: Rene. He's Swiss (ping @Rene Gloor )
  3. ??????? The current agency doesn't coordinate. Or doesn't <insert words here> ? Have you read the latest levy update James? It might shortcut your thinking: Page 3: https://afb.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Management-Agency-Response.pdf
  4. Yes @Philbee - but how many years were you happily using the gib staples before learning the lab information? Or in fact needing it for registration? Let's not be too scaremongering here
  5. Sorry for the misunderstanding - my "dangerous thing to do" is not about John (that I know? ) . . more the inability of a board to confine themselves to governance and meddle in operational activities Agreed !
  6. Hang on John, I thought it was the *board* that is there for governance. The AFB practical advice might come more under operational than governance. . . and this is where things get tricky. Rather than governance (seeing that things are done as prescribed) then the risk is leaping into the operational side . . . something I suspect the board has been accused of previously. Dangerous thing to do
  7. I agree - but with any elections or votes then there are requests for independent scrutineers etc and therefore independent companies ($$$) seem the norm. Without them then accusations fly back and forth
  8. This would make it rather expensive to hold these elections each time John . . . there are calls that go out for nominees to the board (in fact, one recently)
  9. Maybe . . perhaps . . . could. Wouldn't bet a staple on it though If I remember correctly then the beekeepers who own the PMP are the policymakers. And given the board of the agency is full of . . .beekeepers . . . then I don't quite see how this relates I think they call that . . .life ! Don't take it too seriously, no-one gets out alive anyway
  10. You’ve lost me Phil - are you talking about the missile attack on the Iranisn general, launched by the USA? Or fighting AFB ? !
  11. As Alastair has said, I think things have already improved ! Look back over the 4 (3 ?) 'outbreak' cases that hit the media. Where were such reports 5 years ago ? There is a new broom in the system and as I said to someone at the conference, think of the current plan as dating as far back as 2017. To keep bashing on about things in the 1990s is pointless - most of the beekeepers here weren't around then and tools/times have also changed (OK, not Apiweb ). As UK comedian said "I'd have 10 dollars on the Dalai Lama if I was a Tibetan man"
  12. Ahh . . the levy change is still afoot Alastair. I don't know where its at currently ( @AFB PMP Management Agency ?) but here's a link to the review document: https://afb.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Management-Agency-Response.pdf and there are more review documents at the levy page: https://afb.org.nz/new-levy-proposal-2019/ There have been considerable changes as Alastair mentions - not just in the hive numbers growing in the 19 years the OP mentions but also the changes in the AFB PMP and the cases highlighted in the media over the last 12 months. And the changes mean that this person can now be dealt with under biosecurity orders to destroy the gear. Previously the AFB PMP didn't have that authority I believe.
  13. To put it simply, join an industry body. I don't know if SNI ( @Trevor Gillbanks ?) or NZ Beekeeping ( ???) discuss matters with MPI but @ApiNZ certainly do. There is a hobbiest representative to raise issues with, as well as commercial representatives. I don't know what that percentage is Chris. However in my view (and I have relayed this to many at MPI) is that they are set up to get a kicking - from everyone. When they do good work, they don't really communicate it well - and thus when something happens (e.g. myrtle rust - years after MPI began preparations for its arrival) then they get a kicking.
  14. I think I might have come up with a way to reduce costs in your operation @jamesc - I mean, you will have looked at hive numbers, labour, extraction costs, transport etc but. . . have you considered homebrewing ? 😀
  15. Really? Do tell. Presumably someone exporting bulk honey. Do you know for sure this honey fails? Or speculating?.
  16. Nothing wrong with being pedantic. BTW, jellybush is Leptospermum polygalifolium . Despite having higher levels of DHA and MGO than our manuka, it does not pass the MPI standard
  17. $85 is for the nosemas and Lotmaria - more if wanting the full panel as @Rob Atkinson showed. Wouldnt suggest doing 2 bees per hive - you’re going to dilute out or ‘homogenise’ your results. Unless of course you only have about 20 bees left ! I haven’t looked it up lately but there was a thought that BQCV is a mycovirus - ie a virus that also infects fungi - in this case, nosema apis.
  18. There are plenty of people doing science here, Alastair. Plus the scientists like @Otto and @Dave Black, along with the Plant and Food guys. The gradings are somewhat arbritrary and cover the Cq range that we see - so not based on NZ averages but more, based on a high, low, moderate Cq across the range. Yes, the comb sterilisation method was confirmed by James Sainsbury at Plant and Food, using an overseas description as I understand it. Freezing combs does not work (well, except for wax moth!) I have a few answers and opinions to your questions Phil buts it late and it'll have to wat. But what can you do (your question at the end). Vote yes to a research le . . .oh, too late. Well, let's hope there might be a second chance for research levy or funding somewhere. Because the free train has come to the end of the line . . . .
  19. Thanks Alastair - credit to Rebecca (not me!) and her handling of your samples Yes, nosemas are fungal-like . . microsporidians, if you want to be more precise. Lotmaria passim is a trypanosome Cororapa is the name we gave to the syndrome. Rather than hammering Coromandel (where it was first described), we dubbed it COROmandel/WairaRAPA. . . yes, see what we did there? Since found in Taranaki, East Coast (including a couple of my own hives a couple of seasons ago) and other areas. Plant and Food studied Nosema ceranae but I believe it to be the combination of both nosema species . . .which has been described as being doubly bad (or more correctly, life span clearly shortened with both vs 1 . . .vs neither) This study was done by @TammyW in our lab a couple of years ago Craig - we miss her but she's doing cool things at Scion in Rotorua after completing her Masters. Thanks to the beekeepers on this forum who supported that work ! One thing is that the levels cannot be absolute. Hives with high nosema levels in spring can go on and survive if caught in time. But when we have tested bees individually from a dwindled hive then we've seen very high levels as well. Testing of bees will also show whether considering comb sterilisation is worthwhile (50 deg for 2 hours)
  20. Only thing with that Phil is that you can not (reliably) tell Nosema ceranae from Nosema apis. And you will need quite a level to see it at all ie a 'no nosema seen' slide does not mean no nosema !
  21. No, not due to the typical signature of cororapa We do see quite a bit of nosema apis - a drain on the hives (Mark Goodwin estimated it accounted for 15% of a potential crop). But the levels in these samples were very high - much higher than we normally see. I wonder if staples were dry enough and the glycerine is attracting water, does the dampness encourage the nosema apis?
  22. *coughing again* The original results were for our Nosema duo (both nosema species) and we include Lotmaria in that as well. The results went to James just over a couple of weeks ago and 2 days after we received them. Just in case anyone was wondering The samples tested had very high levels of Nosema apis - but no Nosema ceranae. We kept the extracted material and tested them this week out of interest, to see if any viral culprits at work. We only test 3 of the samples but one of them did have very high levels of Deformed Wing Virus - possibly a colony moving away from the staples?? I have no idea there The 3 targets are $85 ex GST per sample. Testing for 5 viruses and nosemas/trypanosomes is about twice that (at a single sample rate)
  23. *sigh* must be getting past bedtime! I just wanted to make sure the conclusion WASN'T that we/dnature hadn't returned the results. Is this correct @yesbut ? Or is my double negative poor grammar and I should not be so circumspect and say 'the conclusion should be we returned results'.
  24. No, because we're all good friends here, I just wanted to make sure the conclusion was that we/dnature hadn't returned the results ! I can put them here but that requires @jamesc's permission. One thing this does highlight though is my comment a short while ago about beekeepers wanting research for free. There are a number of people who may well be seeing something similar as James or Alastair or others and are wanting to see their results . . .and will apply those results as 'so that's what's happening in my hives'. I heard on the radio when the Cororapa first broke out and the discovery we made of Lotmaria passim in the country. One beekeeper was blaming this new pathogen for his hive losses. Had he got them tested? No - because we had the only test and he sure hadn't talked with us.
  25. All good Alastair, have replied to you. Rapidly dwindling hives we'd test for nosemas (both N. ceranae and N. apis) as well as Lotmaria.
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