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  1. Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    Heard he is working as a mechanic.
  2. Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    As I stated in the Almond price thread, I have heard a few things. True or not, who knows? I heard that they lost 30% more than what is considered acceptable and they fired the Florida managers. They...
  3. Re: What is the latest on the demand for bees in the almonds this year?

    With Paramount getting desperate for extra bees I wonder if their prices will come up a bit? They have been calling some of the big boys in Florida for extra bees for almonds.
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    Re: Flatbed Build Ideas

    230lbs
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    Re: Flatbed Build Ideas

    What he said. I also use some aluminum bars that a friend of mine made that hold the lids down as I strap side to side. I have never had a lid slide forward on the truck. In the flatwoods we don't...
  6. Re: What is the latest on the demand for bees in the almonds this year?

    Heard through the grape vine that they lost 30% above normal and fired all the Florida Management.
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    Re: Flatbed Build Ideas

    I triple stack story and a halves or doubles occasionally. I only net bees when hauling them in the morning.

    No idea what the steps are rated at. I haven't broke them yet lol
  8. Thread: Smoker Fuel

    by Sadler91
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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    I have used pine straw my whole life and recently switched to a combination of wood pellets and pine straw. Pine straw never bothered me but the wood pellets choke me up. Maybe you get conditioned to...
  9. Re: How old were you when you stepped up to Commercial

    +1

    I was the "conveyor belt" for the rack behind our top feed cowen at age 5. I distinctly remember hating that job :)
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    Re: What Breed do you prefer for operation?

    Junkyard Dogs/Mutts
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    Re: Shallows vs Deeps for honey

    We run 10 frame deeps with 6 5/8 supers for honey. That's the way grandpa did it so we continued to do it that way. Easy to pull 6 5/8 all day. All deeps may be the way to go in some areas but down...
  12. Re: How hard is it on a hive to make the migration to California from the east coast?

    Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Beekeeping is farming. Risk is involved in everything we do. We have noticed that we lose more hives after a honey flow than we do shipping them across the...
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    Re: Queen cell installation

    How long do you allow your splits to sit before you introduce and mated queen? Same as cells?
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    Re: How do you preserve sugar syrup solution?

    Honey Bee Healthy works great. Keeps the syrup at least an extra 2-3 weeks
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    Re: frame feeder/ hardware cloth

    I appreciate the info Ron. Would be my luck that no stores carry it in my area lol
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    Re: frame feeder/ hardware cloth

    Just left Lowe's and didn't find that gutter screen Ron. What was the brand you are buying?
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    Re: Ring shank Nails or Staples?

    Impressive
  18. Thread: Ag survey

    by Sadler91
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    Re: Ag survey

    Why not just give them honest answers? What is the big deal?!?
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    Re: Flatbed Build Ideas

    Funny thing is that I have already filled them up lol
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    Re: Flatbed Build Ideas

    Figured I would post up the final pictures. It turned out fantastic and I appreciate everyone's insight and help.

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    Re: 2015 orange bloom Florida.

    Moved some this morning as well. Amazed to be able to smell bloom when it was below freezing temps just a few hours earlier. Might be a short, strong flow when it gets warm in the next few days. No...
  22. Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    Well he finally did it. Dave is laughing all the way to the bank now :)
  23. Re: Economics of pollination for distant beekeepers

    Cost us around 14k from Florida to ship. The Citrus greening and loss of grove acreage has pushed us to start playing the California game. The honey is just not there in the groves anymore. Maybe a...
  24. Re: Building Commercial Migratory Pallets, with Pallet Plans

    Recess your bottom runners about 5 inches from the end of the pallet.
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    Re: 20oz Fluted Bottles

    I was able to tour their facility 2 weeks ago. Definitely a slick operation based on fantastic marketing. They buy their flutes by the pallet from France. They have a "Reserve Tupelo" for sale in the...
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