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  2. kaihoka

    Rodney Dickens opinion piece

    I read the article and did not know what to think. Where do you think he is really wrong ?
  3. nikki watts

    Rodney Dickens opinion piece

    I really don’t think pieces like this are any help to the industry. He even admits he doesn’t know anything about the honey industry. Looks like he’s a self confessed expert on many topics he has no practical experience in.
  4. kaihoka

    December 2018 Apiary Diary

    You can see why divine retribution has such appeal. And life on the moral high ground does not have the rewards it used too have .
  5. Today
  6. Alastair

    Refractometers

    Great information Ali, thanks, and enjoy your Christmas also. 🙂
  7. Happy

    Rodney Dickens opinion piece

    Here is the link https://www.interest.co.nz/opinion/97386/rodney-dickens-thinks-he-spots-bust-about-unfold-manuka-honey-market-after-strong-boom# better to be informed and prepare
  8. Happy

    Rodney Dickens opinion piece

    Pasture honey prices down from $12 to 3:50 kg. Intence competion for even marginal Manuka sites with offers up to 50% of crop. Multiple smaller operators trying to sell up. New operators desperately asking older beekeepers for advice on diversification after rubbishing fore said older beekeepers Sure looks like a boom and bust cycle to me
  9. DeeGeeBee

    Refractometers

    Very wise. Most olive oils from Europe are rancid by the time they reach the shelves here anyway.
  10. CraBee

    Rodney Dickens opinion piece

    He's generally not worth reading - even the headline has a typo in it. Someone like Tony Alexander from the BNZ for me.
  11. Yesterday
  12. Greetings all, The economist and analyst Rodney Dickens has published an erroneous opinion piece yesterday that draws some real scare mongering extrapolations and statements. I won't list them or link the piece because we don't want them to get around. If they do get picked up by the media and get further amplified, it would be catastrophic to those involved in any way with the Manuka industry. Per his request, I've emailed him directly about this requesting the piece to be removed and rewritten with insiders' help. Feel free to search it out and also email him directly. I'd include his email address here but the mods will probably remove it. This is a potentially damaging opinion piece that should be removed and rewritten with accuracy.
  13. Adam Boot

    Honey Price Collapse

    'Sure you'll have a view and response supporting your position, but perhaps something for consideration' - Not really. The result is what it is!
  14. Rob's BP

    Honey Price Collapse

    @Adam Boot Adam, I find it ironic and inconsistent branding when I see advertisements for PURITI that are all pure clean white and expensive gold, and then some ads have the crappiest, oldest, decrepit beehives (ok maybe a little OTT, but you get the point). Sure does seem inconsistent and incongruous. Might be a point of good feedback for ya. Sure you'll have a view and response supporting your position, but perhaps something for consideration. As @Philbee was indicating (quote below), the public/consumers etc. expect PURITI should be produced in the best way in all respects.
  15. Sailabee

    Refractometers

    Pretty much all of the refractometers - even the cheap ones have automatic temperature adjustment. The most important thing is to make sure that it has had enough time to come to the ambient temperature as well as the honey and oil.
  16. nikki watts

    December 2018 Apiary Diary

    Yep. It may come down to who can hold on the longest. Problem is we have invested in 800acres, he’s got a 3/4 acre section. Who’s the smartest 🤨
  17. jamesc

    Honey Price Collapse

    Sweet ..... without pruning they tend to run riot.
  18. kaihoka

    Oxalic and glycerine

    What will you do with it .
  19. kaihoka

    December 2018 Apiary Diary

    That is such a pain. Of course that situation wont last When he looks at his honey yeilds , but there will be collarteral damage , ie you. I wonder how long it will take for lower honey prices to work through into lower bee hive numbers. Of course for you in the middle of manuka and kanuka The pressure may increase.
  20. nikki watts

    December 2018 Apiary Diary

    This was a showery kind of day. I had combined the hive on the left with another one which was doing nothing. In the time spent mucking around they all got into robbing. Plenty of Manuka/Kanuka flowering. Not much pohut in this area. Flow is still stop/start here so this must have been a stop day. Also a new beek had come into this area and massively overstocked his 3/4 acre section. 🤬
  21. Adam Boot

    Honey Price Collapse

    So much for grape vines then.
  22. Ali

    Refractometers

    @Alastair Christmas greetings! Recalibrate if the temperature is more than 5 degrees different than when calibration was last done. 6. Alternative calibration: Olive oil is defined by UN FAO to have refractive index of 1.4677 to 1.4705. That equals 71 to 72 degrees Brix. You could also calibrate using olive oil to 71.5 and be close. Make sure you are using fresh oil. The above from here: https://www.betterbee.com/images/Manual_Refractometer_Instructions1.pdf probably the best source for this I have found!
  23. Alastair

    Refractometers

    Thanks Sailabee you give great advice! I'll just find a bottle that works, and hang onto it. As a slight aside, I read the Mafia control olive oil in Italy and several other countries, and blend it with cheap oils, or make fake olive oil that does not even have any real olive oil in it at all. As a result, around a third of olive oil on USA supermarket shelves is fake. So I only ever buy NZ produced olive oil just to be safe.
  24. Stoney

    Oxalic and glycerine

    This wild colony was almost starved out and with a heavy mite loading, piles of DW bees on the ground... found in the wall of a deershed and not the first residents to occupy it either.
  25. Sailabee

    Refractometers

    Sorry, I don't have the olive oil number handy, but it was on a thread after the 2016 NBA Conference where a honey testing lab suggested it and gave out NZ virgin olive oil samples to use.
  26. Alastair

    Refractometers

    Handy to know Sailabee, I haven't bought one yet so that's something to consider. Guess I could get one, calibrate it with their solution, then test it with some olive oil. If it gives the right result I'll keep the bottle for future calibrating.
  27. kaihoka

    Refractometers

    Do you know the numbers for calibrating with olive oil .
  28. kaihoka

    December 2018 Apiary Diary

    @nikki watts is there a flow on at yours now , like pohutukawa.? Has a big flow just finished.? I was expecting robbing when the migrant beeks arrived 2 weeks ago. But there must be something in the bush even though the kamahi is finished because there has been none . We have lots of manuka and kanuka flowering and mahoe maybe thats enough for the bees.
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