MOBILE EXTRACTION PLANT. BEE PATHOGENS & PEST WORKSHOP. HOW TO MEASURE THEM & HOW DO THEY AFFECT HIVE HEALTH?

MOBILE EXTRACTION PLANT. BEE PATHOGENS & PEST WORKSHOP.  HOW TO MEASURE THEM & HOW DO THEY AFFECT HIVE HEALTH?

EVENT CHAIR: Chantel Rich, AsureQuality Ltd, Lincoln

VENUE: Crate & Barrel, 3 Market Street, Leeston – carpark & first floor

CARPARK 5.15 pm: MOBILE EXTRACTION PLANT

Alan Slade, Lovely Honey Ltd, Christchurch

Alan, a South African CA(SA) MBA, after the earthquake, was forced to retire. Still loaded with energy he chose working with bees.  Now with bees four years, and hive numbers grown to 100, he became frustrated by the extraction facilities available.

Alan and Lorraine Slade wanted to sell honey locally and became aware of a number of beekeepers who felt the same way as they did.  So, they set out to build a mobile extraction unit that satisfied the different standards set by MPI and the Christchurch City Council.

They luckily found a 7.2metre trailer perfect for these needs. A full metre longer than a 20-foot container, the trailer has been modified with:

  • A durable, washable interior.
  • Air conditioning and internal lights.
  • A sink and hot water system.
  • A floor that meet commercial kitchen requirements.
  • Stainless steel furniture and fittings…

The evaluation, verification and certification of the unit is a process that takes time and money. 

The Slades’ have gained NP2 classification allowing extraction, creaming, and packing for domestic market trade.

The plan is to take the extraction unit to the beekeeper. Lovely Honey can’t go everywhere but they can get close. It goes straight from the hive, to the extractor, then to the jar or bucket.

At this stage Alan uncaps manually but even then, manages 40 boxes a day. This is probably the most their target beekeeper will need.  Lovely Honey would be delighted to upgrade if this proves to be wrong!

FIRST FLOOR 6.00 pm: HIVE REPORTS

 

6.30 pm – 7 pm: ALCOHOL WASHES & SUGAR SHAKE MONITORING OF VARROA LEVELS

Rae Butler, Bee Smart Breeding, VSH Specialist, Ashburton

Martin Laas, Research Apiarist, Midland Apiaries, Ashburton

7pm – 7.15 pm: Q&A

7.15pm: MEAL: Roast beef (GF & DF option available), roasted pumpkin, mashed potato and gravy.  Followed by dessert.  $38 pp PAYABLE ON THE NIGHT

7.45 pm: MICROSCOPY TESTING FOR NOSEMA: Rae Butler

Some Nosema microscopy slides will be projected onto a screen.  If people want, they can bring their own samples – 30 to 60 bees, without pollen loads, from hive entrance into a zip or snap lock bag, or container collected on the day.  Bees must be dead on arrival at meeting! If harvesting earlier, freeze on day of collection and remove from freezer meeting day. 

If anyone has any queries or requests regarding other pests or diseases they would like discussed at this meeting, contact Martin Laas This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Event Properties

Event Date 24-09-2019 5:15 pm
Registration Start Date 30-08-2019
Cut off date 16-09-2019
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