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Sorry I’ve been so quiet of late – we have just opened our B and B – check out the website www.ballyroneycottage.com
If anyone fancies a trip to Ireland, we’d be delighted to see you !!!!
Our bees have survived the winter, thank goodness. Not everyone has been so lucky. I think the secret lies in treating with oxalic acid at Xmas and trying to keep on top of nosema. For this, we change 50% of the comb in each hive every year. A lot of other bee keepers have been phoning to say that they have lost 4 or 5 hives – most of the Irish bee keepers only keep about 8 hives max, so this is a major blow to them.
This year we also had freak snow at the end of March. This cold weather has lasted about a month longer than usual, which means that the bees will be set back by a month as the early forage such as Salix is not out yet.
In Ireland we used to be able to use Fumidil B to treat nosema, but the European Union has now outlawed that, leaving us with nothing at all ! What do you use in NZ?
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.