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Maggie James

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  1. My understanding is historically with post colonisation, no matter what the ethnic group in NZ, manuka was manuka. If Australians reverted to a non indigenious common name such as Ti Tree or Tea Tree for a varietal that was not Leptospernum scoparium, well I guess that's their choice.
  2. Your excellent photo looks to me like phaecelia, but here in mid Canterbury, a major seed production area, it doesn't to my knowledge flower until now. I have been out this afternoon photographing large paddocks of flowering phaecelia.
  3. Also, page 5 last night Apiarist's Advocate
  4. I agree it is a lot slower with the beekeeper there, but that is not always practical and I think depends on the circumstance. As an AP2 for exotic surveillance for 15 years, and because of the geographic size of the inspection area and the amount of hives and apiaries to inspect, and working on week days, also round weather patterns etc, I would never have finished my Biosecurity NZ contract, nor would the routes I traveled have been as economic, and my line manager placed a certain emphasis on time management skills. However with a COI for which the beekeeper pays, I will only inspect if the beekeeper is there and I tell them how long the inspection will take and it is an excellent learning tool for them, and I also have a chat about what other "tools" they have in their educational and networking kit.
  5. Stop being silly. It's a moa! It will be enroute to the Bealey or Moana pub. It's prob the one that Paddy Freaney spotted in the 1990s
  6. Hi Goran - There was quite a bit of footage on the TV news last night re Croatia and the quakes. Fingers crossed for you. I know what constant earthquakes are like, and how suddenly everything can look like a war zone. And on top of this your country has the Covid issue. Keep Safe & Take Care.
  7. I am well aware it is my responsibility. But others out there can't or don't want to understand that, and some just let it go rampant for whatever reason. I can't be responsible for them and I can't take the law into my own hands.
  8. Trevor, was it my imagination the other night when I saw the item on TV1, was there a Plant and Food scientists interviewed? Are they also involved?
  9. 24-27 Dec (incl) we received 48 mm rain with day time temps of 8. Yesterday no rain, but can see snow on the Alps, and we have got the cold beasterly easterly. Parked the vehicle not too close to hives, but they still decided to dump three days of evacuations on it! Heavy duty car wash required.
  10. I think there was less AFB, and even in some bigger operations it was considered a rarity, and if found drastic measures were undertaken with quarantines, traceability and culling gear.
  11. Well, well, well. I will look on spinach in a different light!
  12. On a good flow, have definitely done 50 kg bulk honey in a LANGSTROTH EIGHT FRAME FULL DEPTH box. But not always; particularly lately! Haven't done full depth export cut comb for a few years, but I always loathed lifting that undersupered 3/4 depth bulk honey underneath it. That 3/4 box was heavy lifiting - a real b.....d when doing the AFB check & escaping prior to harvest! Although loved the honey cheque for cut comb.
  13. No. The only Titoki in this neck of the woods is in a bottlestore!
  14. No idea. But it's berries make a fabulous liquer
  15. If those boxes are chocka with honey, do you need to consider weight bearing issues? A full depth super can hold 50 kg of honey. How many hives & supers do you have and what might be the total weight of your crop and brood boxes on the roof top, plus your own weight?
  16. Sounds to me like, someone is in cloud cuckoo land
  17. I would definitely requeen this hive. This old girl will be past her best by date! I agree with this In this instance with an old queen, I definitely agree with this. You will need to check you have young nurse bees in the hive, to aid acceptance of the queen. Maybe transfer a healthy brood frame over from another hive. To me, varroa is the start or the accelerate of this collapse of this hive. My understanding from a number of well known beekeeping scientists is that varroa is the vector of viruses that affect bees. The exception is Black Queen Cell Virus (and that's another story)
  18. I think someone might be living in cloud cuckoo land, not knowing what can get blown or simply float for long distances in certain weather conditions. Unless, you've got a couple of season's honey stacked in the shed that you can't sell, you definitely need syrup in this neck of the woods. Not many sites are stationary a whole year now. If they aren't chasing honey, it's pollination or pollen stores for buildup. And one of the reasons we have Langstroth hives is so bees can be moved in large numbers. Surprised, they are not advocating the use of skeps! I have always been really lucky. I don't pollinate crops such as radish. Some farmers are practising as few chemicals as possible, undertaking rotational cropping, and on one large site I am at the land is fallow every seventh year, and the types of crops are good bee feed, the outer hedges gorse. Some are using seaweed & fish derivatives as fertilers. Currently flowering crops on one of these farms are excellent bee fodder, and we have had good weather in the last week, so it's all go & hives looking good. But I care about when & what I treat with for varroa, don't move brood frames into honey supers, and aware of C4. A big believer in using hive mats to prevent robbing & lessen the likelihood of AFB & I use escape boards.
  19. I fill out a harvest dec. When I sell honey I give permission to the packer/exporter to contact the apiary register re my AFB history and whether my sites were registered at the time of harvest. I know that my honey on it's own won't show AFB, but when it gets mixed with someone else's it might. Where do you draw the line on the cost to the beekeeper in terms of lab analysis and the associated costs? The other month we had a glyhosate issue in honey on the news. What will it be next? The extraction plant I use, rejects frames containing brood
  20. Was there another beekeeper involved in this scenario? I am tired (blame it on queen cell production) and it's a c..p night on tv. We must be the only country in the world that one channel devotes it's whole night to Coro St. So, yes, certainly interested in some truthful light entertainment to be sighted from the couch!
  21. Read, read, READ! Listen, listen, LISTEN! Practise, practise, PRACTISE! Believe, believe, BELIEVE! Network, network, NETWORK! To be lucky you need to be GOOD! To be good you need to be LUCKY!.
  22. Fab photo. Started off beautifully warm here today. 3 pm it was nippi round the pippi - bitterly cold wind - definite sign snow on foothills. Tomorrow another day - forecast 31!
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