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It’s not every day you have to make a decision that will change the course of a family business that has been doing things much the same way for about 60 years. Jameis Winston – Florida State Seminoles So it was with a great deal of emotion, and a lot of careful consideration, that we decided to move. So we have relocated from our South Canterbury address and moved the entire operation north to Featherston in the South Wairarapa. Jake Arrieta Jersey Completely aside from leaving behind so much history, there was also the sheer magnitude of the task of moving a small factory, office, personal possessions and two cats to another island seven hours drive and three hours sailing distance away! But we made it, after two months of toing and froing, sixteen hour days of cleaning, packing, moving, unpacking, selling, buying and stockpiling we finally moved the last of The Apiary ‘up north’ where we can now start afresh and work on creating the kind of business we have always dreamed of. New neighbours or existing customers alike have asked us, “why Featherston!?” Well, there are several reasons for that. nike air max pas cher Firstly clover honey has always been our specialty and clover just doesn’t grow down south like it used to, farming practices have changed and it is not used as much but up here we have found there is much more available. Nike Air Max Thea Dames The Wairarapa is also very similar to Canterbury in geography, so we feel much less homesick here with a slightly smaller version of the mountains, valleys, plains and rivers that we’re used to. new balance grigie bambino Featherston itself is synonymous with the word ‘potential’, there is a groundswell of support for business and development here and I have never met so many people so excited and so welcoming before in my life.

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  • We have been assured by everyone we meet that should we need anything we just have to ask, which is a refreshing change when it can so often be a struggle for small business to get a look in sometimes. New Balance 446 mujer Our plans for the immediate future are to establish local suppliers and get to work on new products once our temporary facilities are up and running and find a cheaper deal for shipping for our customers now we are in central NZ and closer to a town center, so keep your eyes peeled for updates! Eventually we hope to set up a completely self sufficient and zero carbon factory with enough space for research and development of new products. air max pas cher pour femme In the meantime you can look forward to the same awesome products with hopefully a few added benefits from our centralised location. ~ Mrs B PS. I feel I must also add a sidenote apologising to anyone who has been trying to get through to us on our 0800 number. air max 90 pas cher We discovered there were some communication problems recently, and unfortunately our switchover between South Canterbury and South Wairarapa wasn’t quite as seamless as he had hoped, resulting in some customers unable to reach us for a few days. nike air max 1 hombre I can assure you it’s all up and running now, so we can still be reached at 0800 80 82 83 if you need to get in touch by phone.

    Hive Treatment Methods Help Buck the Trend in Honeybee Numbers

    It seems the only time honeybees make the news nowadays is when yet another region declares a crisis in their numbers, Texas A&M Aggies with varroa mite or colony collapse disorder (CCD) chief among the culprits for the decline. 2017 nike air max pas cher Well thankfully Hawke’s Bay is bucking the trend and has come good news on the honeybee population front. The motto for the eastern North Island region is “Safeguarding Your Environment”, Adrian Peterson – Oklahoma Sooners and that’s just what the good people of Hawke’s Bay are doing for the honey bee too.

    Since varroa mite has hit managed hives in the area, hive treatment have subsequently allowed them to withstand the disease, Mochilas Kanken Big and numbers have actually grown, Nike Free Run Homme with hive numbers rising 7% to 450,000 since last year. Honey crops are also on the up, asics gel lyte 5 mujer negras with the 2011-12 season reaching approximately 10,300 tonnes, a further 10% increase on the year before.

    Beekeepers are required to send information to Assure Quality, the food safety and biosecurity organisation, asics gel nimbus uomo while aerial inspections of hives are encouraging beekeepers to keep more accurate records, so more beekeepers have registered and are filing paperwork for the hive sites.

    As Federated Farmers North Canterbury chairman Barry Hantz says, wild bee numbers had been virtually wiped out by varroa and that meant more nectar for commercial hives:

    The rise of dairying has reduced pollen sources in Canterbury and beekeepers were providing supplementary feeding of “protein paddies” for the bees to feed their eggs, until the clover flowering came through. However,

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  • natural protein through pollen is believed by scientists overseas to be the best deterrent for safeguarding bees against diseases such as colony collapse disorder,

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  • a problem in the United States.

    With such good processes in place to ensure the sustainability of commercial beekeeping, and research like that being done by Otago University into breeding varroa-resistant bees, let’s hope the trend of healthier numbers continues across the country.

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    New Research Shows Queenless Bees Stick Together

    <span style="font-family: georgia, Nike Air Max 2017 Heren groen palatino;”>When a honey bee colony loses its queen, Canotta NBA researchers at the University of Illinois and Macquarie University in NSW, Australia have found that the rest of the hive still retains its altruistic behaviour, cooperating with each other and remaining selfless workers right up until that colony eventually fails. Illinois Uni’s Department of Entomology even discovered that worker bees will develop their ovaries and produce male offspring if a queen is absent.

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  • palatino;”>As Dr Andrew Barron from Macquarie University notes; “Although selfish behaviour did increase, we saw that altruism did not decrease. Fjällräven Kånken The colonies effectively became worker communes – collective societies where bees became generalists, maintaining and defending the colony together, to the end.”

    Kin selection theory dictates that altruistic behaviour is based on the number of offspring produced compared to the number an individual can produce by supporting others.

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  • The theory predicts that the degree of altruism in queenless colonies should be reduced because the relatedness of workers to a hivemate’s offspring is less in queenless colonies than it is to the daughters of the queen in queenright colonies.

    <span style="font-family: georgia, asics donna palatino;”>However the study found queenless bees generalised their tasks more and had a greatly reduced individual specialisation, with workers sharing personal reproduction, social foraging, and defence tasks for the colony. This resulted in laying workers also producing larger wax glands, showing metabolic investments in both colony maintenance and personal reproduction. Adidas Goedkoop

    The researchers say the social structure of such a queenless colony is similar to certain species of bees of a more primitive social structure, Canotte San Antonio Spurs thereby giving a unique snapshot into what colonies looked liked before the role of the queen evolved to take its place as the most successful organisational structure for colonies.

    <span style="font-family: georgia, Fjallraven Kanken Mini palatino;”>~ Mr B

     

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    Welcome To The 15% Off Everything Grand Opening Sale!

    As well as coming up with a snappy and in no way cumbersome promotion title, we’re offering you 15% off every item purchased with us until the end of September*.

    It’s as a way of rewarding your efforts in finding us on the web. If you want great tasting organic honey the way it used to be made, healthy honey-based foods that are not only delicious but good for your body and mind too, and natural skincare that sooths and protects the skin without the need for any nasty chemicals, then you’ve come to the right place.

    Hurry though, the sale won’t last forever. You have until the end of September to get your 15% off whatever items you buy, but it can be used as many times as you like until then, so feel free to keep coming back!

    At the checkout simply enter THEBEE15 as the coupon code (handily placed in the Coupon Code field), and you’re all set.  If you have any questions or queries then don’t hesitate to contact us over on the Feedback Page.

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    ~Mr & Mrs B

     

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    New Zealand Post Commemorates the Humble Honey Bee

    There’s a reason the saying “busy as a bee” exists, and now New Zealand Post has commemorated the country’s hardest workers, our honey bees.

    In 1913 regional groups of beekeepers formed the National Beekeepers Association of New Zealand, so to celebrate their centenary, New Zealand Post has released six commemorative stamps, which highlight the process of making honey; from bees pollinating the plants through to the production of sweet nectar.

    According to the NBA, honey bees contribute about $5.1billion to New Zealand’s economy, attributable to pollination by honey bees, domestic honey sales and exports, beeswax and exported honey bees. Their value really can’t be understated, and without them we wouldn’t have access to half the foods we do in the supermarket. 

    Ahead of next month’s Bee Aware Month campaign, there couldn’t be a more perfect commemoration of our hard working little food providers. The stamps can be bought from the New Zealand Post website.

    ~Mr B

    Images via NZ Post.