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  1. Going back to O/A is a bit like letting strangers in to my bubble. Inevitable. I just hope I get it right next time ! Sweet Mother of Dog ...... where the heck did all that come from ....?
  2. I think I've got AFB in one of my hives in my back yard in auckland. No space to safely burn it in an urban back yard - trees, fences, neighbours' houses etc..... Does anyone know of a service that will remove the hive and destroy it for me? Thanks.
  3. I've just received an email from the AFB disease management agency, advising that there is AFB in my area! I'm on the north shore in Auckland, so there could be any number of hives within 3kms. While I have had my apiary inspected twice in the last year in additional to my visual inspection (I won't be qulaified until July), and dont believe I have AFB (well the hives anyway), this is unnerving. Good to receive the advice, and posted so that others can be aware that there is notification. "LOCAL AFB ADVICE! Disease has been notified within 3km of your MAF site ID(s) 1
  4. Free Detector Dog inspection for AFB in Otago / Southland If you are interested by getting your bee hives AFB inspected by Jesse the AFB Detector Dog contact me. Jesse has been operational for over 5 years and has a very good track record. There will be no charge for the inspection only for travel expenses. In return I would like to use a new detector dog, Flynn to search the hives at the same time. Inspections can only be done at night. Please contact me if you would like some more information. Some conditions may apply. Rene Gloor Dunedin
  5. Hi all. I was just wondering if anybody could give me some useful info on how much I should charge another beekeeper to check their hives for Afb. Obviously I have a DECA, and they do not. I just have no idea what to charge for this job. Any 'ball park' figure would help. Cheers.
  6. The bacterial brood disease American Foul Brood (AFB) occurs worldwide and leads to significant losses of honey bee colonies every year. In several countries, as in New Zealand, AFB is a notifiable disease and infected bee colonies have to be burned to contain the disease. Although it has been under investigation now for more than a century, the underlying characteristics of the host–pathogen interactions on larval level remain elusive. An effective treatment of AFB does still not exist, partly since the progression of the disease following ingestion of spores has only been described superfici
  7. We are in the process of setting up trials to proof that the dogs are able to detect AFB preclinical.its a very exciting time and we are confident that the tests in a controlled environment and then in the field will give us the necessary information we looking for. This would be a world first! We are going to be at the conference with our dogs and if people are interested in learning more about the use of AFB detection dogs then come and have a chat when we are taking the dogs for a walk.
  8. AFB Detector Dog Flynn working early in the morning in Canterbury.
  9. Rene Gloor

    Milo AFB Detector Dog

    second session without Training Box. Sample is planted under the hive.
  10. This is Milo our latest afb detector dog in training. He had about 2 month of training and has started searching real Bee hives but still getting the reward from the target box.
  11. AFB Detector Dog Demonstration in Auckland. Weekend of 25th and 26th of February 2017. Location to be confirmed. I will be traveling to Auckland with Flynn, a young Springer Spaniel in training for AFB detection. He will be working for Sara and Dallas Russ from Lion Apiaries Ltd once he is fully operational. The demo will be during either Saturday or Sunday , place and time will need to be confirmed. You can contact me by email : gloorr@xtra.co.nz or txt 021 465 728 to register your interest. Or you can contact Sara and Dallas direct. Rene Gloor Detector Dog Trainer
  12. Hi all We are starting on a project to develop PCR (a genetic test) as a method of detecting colonies that have American foulbrood disease. This is similar in concept to the culture test we developed, the results of which can be used to determine the probability that a colony will have clinical AFB symptoms or will develop them within 6 months. The advantage of PCR tests are that they are generally much cheaper and potentially more sensitive. The price will likely be low enough that many beekeepers would be able to get their hives tested every year if they have an on-going diseas
  13. I've just received an AFB rob notice from the powers that be. "An AFB hive has been robbed within 5km" and please carefully inspect. The risk of spread from robbing is small, as per the course, and normally I wouldn't hesitate to inspect. But it's just got damn cold in Christchurch and I don't feel doing a full inspection (aka shake all the bees off every frame DECA AFB inspection) will be that great. My one & only hive is only a singly FD entering its first winter. I plan to wait for a freakishly warm day, then check carefully. Any advice appreciated.
  14. Hi again Beeks, I received my first ever nucs two days ago, on the day I received them I transferred them to there new brood boxes. Yesterday I left them alone to give them some time to recover. Today a friend of my helped me mark the queens. While in the hives we saw a few things that concerned us, could all you experts out there have a look at the following photos and let me know how serious you think they are? I didn't get a good photo of it, but we also noticed a fair number of the bees have deformed or clipped wings.
  15. Very exciting to see and catch my first swarm - 4 huge bundles in a low tree - I managed to put them in a spare brood box and I sealed it up. Then realised that I probably want to give them a bit more air and some frames to start up with so went in quick as I could to add frames and open front. Pretty much the whole swarm then decided to take off again but they shortly returned either to that box or their old hive. I'm assuming queen is still there in one of them... Any advice or thing to do from here? I'm thinking leave them alone for a week or so and then see what they're up to...
  16. Jay

    AFB photos

    Sad day! I was lining this hive up to be my Queen breeder as it is cranking! Was going to add the Nicot frame but I noticed one cell which was collapsed and brown and gooey inside......... and it roped out............one cell. So here's photos of the frames I have found with AFB; seemingly healthy frames of brood, larvae and eggs with a few diseased cells spasmodically spread through a few frames. Most frames have no signs of it all. This was one of my original hives I gained from an orchardist in Napier. Luckily I have kept my hives together as units and do not spread boxes from hive to
  17. (BL) Can someone enlighten me on this bee disease
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