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Bees and Trees

Good morning/afternoon or evening, I trust this note finds you well. We are back in the honey business!  I think we have about 34 hives really pumping honey.  I got the bulk of them from Armidale (West side of course to make the drive 60 mins longer) and in the TWO weeks since 90% have…

We are BACK!

Good morning readers’ We are back in the bee business on the East Coast of Australia.  The rules changed at the end of September and varroa mite is sadly here to stay.  The battle was almost won and the Court cases are continuing. We have ten hives working and another twenty plus on order.  If…

Hive Delivery Arc Extended – Massively

Hello Reader, To begin with condolences are extended to the Castle Inman partners who have had their hives destroyed due to the mite.  Colonies have been lost in Bulahdelah and Clarence Town.  We had the DPI here eight days ago and the text arrived yesterday afternoon telling us that we were mite free.  The mites…

New Commercial Sales Pages

Hello Reader, We had the DPI out here on Saturday July 30.  We have not been told that we are mite free, but the mite kill zone has not been extended so I guess we must be. As I type the leadership of the NSW Apiarists Association must be deciding how to release the results…

The Red Zone Extends – It’s Airbourne!!

Hello Readers’ The news got a bit worse overnight as the red zone got bigger as shown below.   Yesterday I got the e-mail to inform that sometime next week the DPI would be turning up next week.  More sugar shake test kits have been obtained and we will see how things go.  I am…

The Mite has Arrived – Life on the Edge of the Red Zone.

Hello Reader, That day that we did want to come has arrived.  The Verroa mite is in Newcastle and it is spreading.  As I sit here with the rain pounding on the roof literally hundreds of hives are being destroyed as I type.  Yours truly and the much better partner Sharon were on TV this…