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Bee's Need Flowers...… whats more to say?
 #7238  by Steve 1972
 20 May 2020, 13:34
stechad wrote:
19 May 2020, 21:19
This Lupin is called Dieta white Lupin and hardly looks like the normal Lupin we see, the flowers are more open and it produces large pods, much bigger than the normal lupin. It is being grown to completion to harvest the pods, this is a winter feed for the dairy cows which produce a very high butterfat milk....much fattier and creamier than Gold Top milk.
Here is a link to the supplier pdf
http://www.soya-uk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/AvonMix.pdf
Interesting stuff Ste..hopefully the white Lupins are of some use to the honey bees.
 #7241  by stechad
 20 May 2020, 15:29
Steve 1972 wrote:
20 May 2020, 13:34
stechad wrote:
19 May 2020, 21:19
This Lupin is called Dieta white Lupin and hardly looks like the normal Lupin we see, the flowers are more open and it produces large pods, much bigger than the normal lupin. It is being grown to completion to harvest the pods, this is a winter feed for the dairy cows which produce a very high butterfat milk....much fattier and creamier than Gold Top milk.
Here is a link to the supplier pdf
http://www.soya-uk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/AvonMix.pdf
Interesting stuff Ste..hopefully the white Lupins are of some use to the honey bees.
Hopefully!
It seems it is quite new to this country as a higher protein replacement for soya, Also used for human consumption too. Yuk Veggie Lupin burgers....... Sorry any vegies out there.
 #7482  by stechad
 29 May 2020, 15:20
First hive set up today on the new farm apiary, just the one for now to make sure they are happy having the hives their.
They have around 6 weeks to get going and build up ready for the lupin to flower, going to put an empty super of comb on just as they start flowering so that I can see how it goes and then there will be the heather later on.
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The supers on top are over the crown board and feeder.
 #7497  by Murox
 30 May 2020, 15:13
It will be good to hear how it works out for you. Do you already have some drawn comb or are you having to use foundation from the outset ? Just wondering about forage available right now, takes a lot of bees and energy to draw foundation.
 #7500  by stechad
 30 May 2020, 19:23
There seems to be still plenty around there just now, they were off down the valley towards a reservoir theres loads of hawthorne out there, I'm also feeding syrup, unfortunately foundation.
 #7502  by Murox
 30 May 2020, 21:28
If you are feeding syrup anyway now - will you give them loads and get as much wax drawn as you can - you could spin it off separately, save it and feed it back for winter stores after you take any honey ?
 #7507  by Steve 1972
 31 May 2020, 09:04
stechad wrote:
30 May 2020, 19:23
There seems to be still plenty around there just now, they were off down the valley towards a reservoir theres loads of hawthorne out there, I'm also feeding syrup, unfortunately foundation.
I have used the OSR this year to my advantage..even though the bees have still filled just about all my drawn supers they have also drawn and filled all my new frames and foundation in 14 new supers..hopefully if the weather stays good i am inline for a bumper crop..all we need is a bit of rain now and again.