There is no doubt that kanuka is the poor cousin of the two but what really makes the difference? First lets look at appearances.  The flowers – of course you cannot use this indicator when there are no flowers but the manuka ha s larger single  flowers that are spread over the bush while kanuka […]

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Apitraz vs Apivar. When comparing Apitraz vs Apivar we find these two products have the same active ingredient.  They both require two strips per brood box.   As well, you will find they are similarly priced. Calier, a Spanish company, manufactures Apitraz.   This product has  a 12 month expiry date. Apivar, a vacuum-sealed product, has a […]

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There seems to be a lot of hives and hiveware for sale at the moment.  This is possibly due to the low honey price as well as the fact that there are now far too many hives in some parts of New Zealand to be sustainable. We advise great care when purchasing beehives as there […]

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Oxalic-glycerine strips for varroa treatment are becoming more and more popular as beekeepers look to better long-term eco-friendly methods of fighting this pest.  As varroa becomes more resistent to synthetic treatments, oxalic acid is proving a consistently reliable option. Large commercial beekeepers have been using OVA board/oxalic-glycerine strips for varroa treatment for several years now.  […]

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It seems like this is my favorite subject but I get so many beekeepers who do not understand the importance of controlling this pest. To deal with this insect and to effectively treat a hive in a successful manner we need to know  about this pest. Varroa is an external parasite that if untreated will […]

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Lately, bee nutrition has been the subject of extensive research.  Scientists are investigating some surprising new ideas. Most beekeepers have observed bees drinking from what we would consider dirty water sources.  However, this may be filling a nutrition gap.  It seems we still have a lot to learn about bee health.  In particular, what food […]

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I often get customers who say to me that they have planted some manuka bushes in their back yard or lifestyle block and are hoping to get into harvesting manuka honey.  Unfortunately if you have other plants flowering at the same time your manuka honey will be very diluted.  This will mean it can really […]

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Swarm Trouble Over the last couple of weeks we have had a large number of beekeepers come in for hiveware to house swarms from their own hives. If you are looking to expand the number of hives you care for this can be OK but if not, all this does is give you two weak […]

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Well, it’s a long way from NZ to Montreal!  14 1/2 hours to Vancouver, then another 5 hours across Canada to the beautiful city of Montreal on the banks of the mighty St Laurence Seaway.  The weather was pleasant with 12 degree mornings up to 18 degrees during the day. Was it worth it?  YES […]

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Extreme weather conditions in North America have had a dramatic effect on the bee population this past winter. The annual loss rose to 37.7% The highest since records started 13 years ago. This Washington Post article makes interesting reading and shows the difference in beekeeping in other countries. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/07/05/last-winter-saw-highest-honeybee-colony-losses-record/?utm_term=.22cc2f18581d   

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Comb Honey Production:  Is this the new honey boom after Manuka? Comb honey is honey contained within the original hexagon-shaped beeswax cells.  It has received no processing, filtering or manipulation therefore as a result it is the pure work of the bee.  Both the honey and wax are edible and this provides us with a […]

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