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dansar last won the day on July 4

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About dansar

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    Putaruru, South Waikato. New Zealand

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  1. Wattle has started flowering around Putaruru and South Waikato. Some was flowering over Edgecumbe , Matata way a month a go. So now there is a mix of Gorse and Wattle pollen going in to hives. Populations increasing, food stores decreasing rapidly.
  2. The 2020 conference to be held in Rotorua. 25,26,27th June.
  3. Hamilton- Mystery Creek, Claudlands event centre Theres plenty of accommodation options in and close to Hamilton.
  4. Nothing wrong with raising funds Thomas, in fact ideas were used such as Sausage Sizzles, Farmers Market/School fund raising schemes to get some money together for the individuals that could not spare $500-1000 as a donation (yes it is that tight for some out there folks). The issue in question is the give a little page looks like the Co-Op is going out with hat in hand asking for money. This is a bad image to portray.
  5. New Zealand's "clean, green, grass-fed" message isn't unique and exporters should instead focus on the nutritional benefits of their food products, Andy Elliot says. Elliot spent much of last year studying the business models of New Zealand producers and exporters as part of the Nuffield agricultural scholarship programme. He says that in order to get more value from existing production, the country needs to find a way to stand out in the increasingly competitive global market. https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/113289739/grassfed-message-wont-sell-nz-products-but-health-benefits-could
  6. I wonder if it has been endorsed/approved by Bruce or if it is an individual who is taking the initiative to raise extra funds.
  7. Only select stores have it, you’ll need to ring one to find out. They have it in a bladder inside a 20’ container, pumped out through an in-line flowmeter. Usually a smaller 500litre tank beside it for filling containers.
  8. Yes I have. Also Cryptomeria (Japanese Cedar).
  9. That was discussed at the Tauranga meeting as one of the supply/marketing options.
  10. Reducing hive numbers within an operation could be as simple as combining colonies. Removing one of the queens or run them as 2 queen hives, why not you have half the number of hives now. Unfortunately auditing of extraction sheds won’t reduce in cost or frequency. Running a vehicle won’t get any cheaper. Spend a day with staff or the other half to find where you can save time and money within your businesses. “Lean Manufacturing”, look in to it, it really works and it’s amazing how and where you can save time and money.
  11. You are correct on the colour. I notice bees collecting pollen from it more around late June and in to July over here in Putaruru. It is showing flower now but not producing as far as I can tell. It can be a problem with days being changeable weather wise. Bees can leave the hive in a period of warm weather but chill when it clouds over then not making it home this can lead to brood that is being raised on the outer edges of the colony being chilled as the bees cluster during the still, cold nights.
  12. Some hives that quite likely have sick bees do have a sudden depopulation. Using a synthetic treatment probably wouldn’t affect sick bees too much as the synthetics are approximately 1000 x more toxic to the mite rather the the bee. Oxalic I am guessing is closer to a bees threshold for toxic (organic and sythetic) exposure.
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