Want to make a difference in this world? Does what I do really matter? There is a great deal we can learn from the humble beehive.  Here are some thought provoking life lessons to consider: http://blog.ed.ted.com/2019/01/07/if-you-want-to-tackle-big-problems-try-thinking-like-a-bee/?fbclid=IwAR2TZn3Kiy4folH2Wzul3eoHICIl1HwoUeIwRZbp7pThY2TbFQbYC6MKS8E 

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Catching the perfect swarm:  This little beauty was on a small tree and walked straight into my new hive.  No skill required! Firstly, I set up my hive up ready by the overloaded sapling… (always have a basic hive kit handy https://www.hiveworld.co.nz/product/basic-hive-starter-pack/ ) Secondly, I gave the tree a gentle shake and quite a few bees […]

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Although the Sherriff beesuits are manufactured from a lightweight Poly cotton, the protection value has not been compromised!  Due to the tight weave and smooth finish it is difficult for bees to grip.   See the video below of the removal of a wasp nest with a Sherriff beesuit being worn.  The bee suit worn […]

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If you have this condition you could not be a beekeeper. Melissophobia is the unreasonable fear of bees. As with any phobia condition this can be treated. Usually by being gradually exposed to the fear so you feel less anxious about it. This is generally known as desensitization or exposure therapy. The guy who sat […]

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Honey Hunting in Africa:  Try this adrenalin rush in the African Jungle. A 40 metre climb to get your honey supplies without OSH approval or protective clothing and smoker.   See this video from Africa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REZzieyHm7c

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There has been a lot of negative reaction to the idea of an industry levy. This money would be invested in areas such as Bee health, biosecurity, education, best beekeeping practice, sustainability, and market access issues. All these areas can do with more  input. There is no doubt that the industry has issues with hive […]

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We hear a lot in the media about the effect of neonicotinoids on insects and bees in particular. A couple of weeks ago I listened to a talk given by Phil Lester from Victoria University, what he said was enlightening to me. There is no doubt that neonicotinoids are powerful! (up to 20 x that […]

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A fast powerful way to treat Varroa with Oxalic acid. Manufactured in Italy these vaporisers can treat a hive in 25 seconds without having to open the hive. The vapor can be injected into the hive through the entrance or through a purposely drilled hole in the top super that you can plug between treatments. […]

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Thomas Apiculture brings a simple and effective innovative solution for extracting honey from raw combs and top bar hive combs. Placed in an upright position in a fixed cage the combs are compressed from the top to the bottom, naturally provoking the expulsion of wax capping and the extraction of the honey. As opposed to […]

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