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  1. Planted a hedge of it, because I went on a garden tour where one was covered in bees, and bees love it - excellent feed in spring. Very easy to propagate from a cutting. Best cut back yearly to ensue it forms a dense bush and doesn't get straggly.
  2. That will work far better where Goran is, because the varroa mite has been there for many years longer than in NZ, so they have developed bees with better VSH to enable them to cope.
  3. It is an utter frustration when hobbyist newbees read this sort of stuff, try it, and when it turns to custard, it becomes everyone else's problem to solve, while carefully avoiding stating that the main hives in NZ are Langstroth for many reasons of practically, so as not to criticise the OP.
  4. Please don't try to get up to a greater number of colonies too quickly, finding the time, and keeping too many is often the thing that slows people down in learning the basics.
  5. A couple of years ago, out West Auck there was a plague of abandoned hives - the beek disappeared back to country of origin, so NZ mobile phone number NBG. Many had AFB.
  6. I sincerely hope this is just a hypothetical situation, but it does beg the question as to why so many with honey for Africa already in the shed are still increasing hive numbers. The yield/hive will continue to drop until such time as the hive numbers halve nationally, which in itself would in the longer view reduce the financial pressure on those without a corporate board to gouge shareholders for more money. Finding a short term way to manage fewer hives would be a lot more tenable I would think. The price/hive has very little to do with the solving of the problem, because the alternative is to lose them anyway if they cannot be managed.
  7. One of my granddaughters went into anaphylaxis with mango - had no idea that could be a trigger - my daughter was choosing between fire station and ER Dept as to which was closest - lucky she is in central Auck.
  8. I think that if the OP bought an Epipen, and unexpectedly a fellow worker needed it, could be a right lil earner.
  9. Having spent more time than most involved in the manufacturing sector, I see it the opposite way. I think the insane regulations for honey extraction and packing has racked up the overheads so that hive to jar operations are few and far between, so two new levels have developed - extraction and marketing so there is are now three segments of the pie, each trying to make a profit, and carry two extra levels of overheads and outgoings. The corporates are a whole different load of stupidity, unprofitable, but seriously impacting everyone, from the hobbyists up.
  10. As a hobbyist, I would think a more important question to consider is - do you have a LOT of spare time - particularly spring/summer? Every year people start with one or two hives, and then 'get too busy' to keep up with gear and workload, so their hives have many swarms, and failing colonies.
  11. Bet Watson is still laughing, and spending!
  12. I also made mine with a wooden 5 frame nuc box on the bottom, single frame on top, which if only needed for 3 or 4 hours, made a mesh base which fitted inside the underside of the base, I only needed to take top of it. Has a queen excluder between top and box on bottom usually. I put blue tack under the ends of the frame on top to help stop it slopping in transit, and small pieces of wood either side of the bottom of top frame - same reason - originally used poly styrene, and the bees found sodding beads for several years after I switched to wooden ones - which every child told me about - give that a miss. As I use it for the local A & H Show, I also fitted a tube from the side that went down to bottom of top frame to an upside down bottle cap so that kids can squirt weak sugar solution to hydrate the hive, and entertain the kids. I borrowed one when making it, and the measurement between the two sheets of glass is 55 mm, and that leaves a good bee space either side, using 35 mm side bar frames.
  13. With those extractors that have a bearing under the main spindle, when the extractor is new, take one bearing to the likes of Saeco, and for about a dollar, you can buy a matching spare, as often people forget the bearing is there, and when cleaning up after use, pour it away with the wash water.
  14. There are specialist places that will turn harder plastic which last better than nylon as they are a harder synthetic. I got pintle mountings for a boat to hang the rudder through made.
  15. I think that overall most swarms are collected by those who started as hobbyist beeks as we are the ones contacted - often though bee groups about local swarms, so we have all developed systems to make it easier - whereas for commercials only catch their own swarms, so can immediately load into own gear without quarantining. I use large styrene bins with mesh panels for ventilation - they are light and large enough to fit around pretty much every swarm - providing they are within reach. I use the usual 10 litre inverted water bottle with bottom cut off on extendable pole for those too high.
  16. I would imagine they would be lining up in droves to apply - if only to write a book.?
  17. To me, the whole manuka debacle would not have arisen had the research been government funded, and therefore the results government owned. Unfortunately a corporatising mentality in government meant it was sold to the highest bidder, and the Aussie beeks could purloin the name - and reputation of it. It is ironic that in NZ, even the fabulously wealthy are struggling to purchase and use the dressings.
  18. And therein lies the problem. With traditional apprenticeships, the trade organisation comes to a consensus as to what constitutes 'best practice' and I for one really don't wish to see a proliferation in corporate style methods. Things like vast dump sites which are placed where some office noddy decides is convenient, regardless of the impact on surrounding stationary apiaries, and poaching sites from locals in an area.
  19. Prime example of the corporate conscience at work, think of an out with the media and go with it boldly - even when it defies common sense - how many years will it be before they run out of ways to hide any profit - can see the apprenticeship program suddenly becoming a very expensive operation to run.
  20. If all training is inhouse, they will do nothing for the industry, and twelve a year will not overcome the company deficit in skills, relative to the number of hives they have. Typical board-room decision making using ideas promulgated by marketing maggots.
  21. Thanks @David C - I have really cruddy clay soil, and with our increasing drought problem, figure that what grows in Aussie, is becoming ever more relevant for me - right now the various colour callistimon's - bottle brushes, are about to come into full flower in series which right now is really helpful, so I am growing more Aussie and South African natives to counter the dry.
  22. I just hope that it doesn't become another widespread fad with hobbyists - when overdone, it is the fastest way to reduce a queen's laying and staving a colony to a standstill.
  23. The medical professional on the news last night has perhaps changed that view - it is obvious that a few at the top of their professional group made public statements which were not in support of the law change, while many of their members weren't canvassed, and were not happy with the views expressed on their behalf, a concern also shared by Helen Clark who had indicated that she was in favour of the change.
  24. Just wondering @David C if over time white clover had got a grip, and is so much easier for the bees to work?
  25. There was a young researcher who spoke at an NZBI day in Hamilton who was using a comparison between honey bee hive density and native bees and pollinators as a study topic. According to her there was very little difference in the native numbers in each area, but her work was ongoing, and that was a couple of years ago.
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