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Could some one please explain to a new bek where all the wax goes because shouldnt there be allot around if the bees are always making more and it lasts forever?

Making more foundation

Waxing plastic frames

Commercial beekeepers stockpiling it due to low prices paid for wax

Beekeeping industry is in a massive increase cycle so greater demand for wax.

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It was explained here on the forum few weeks ago.

There was a big(unusual?) export to AUS.

Major players + several smaller ones switched to pricking last season - NO UNCAPPING -> 10 times less cappings for them

Some commercial players hold on their stock waiting for the "BUY" price to go up

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  • Companies are now providing a service where frames can be bought waxed. So wax is going to these businesses
  • There is a huge increase in beekeepers, particularly newbees.
  • There's a wax and wire revival going on (commercials and newbees).
  • One strategy currently in the management of hives is to get rid of old and dark frames and that wax just ends up in the burn pile.
  • In the past people waxed their own. (We still do!)
  • More extractors are retaining comb, so the amount in the extraction process has lessened.
  • Lots of other things are made with beeswax.
  • Wax can not be imported into NZ.
  • I also think that there's a huge stockpile out there too that is not up for sale.

 

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Could some one please explain to a new bek where all the wax goes because shouldnt there be allot around if the bees are always making more and it lasts forever?

There is also a demand from the cosmetics industry for beeswax and high quality church candles are also made from beeswax

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cant see It, its still a by product, lets say I have 400 kgs of wax I could sell tomorrow nice clean stuff, never used apistan, and minimal amatraz, currently I could get $15/kg tomorrow = $6000 on the sceme of things, I'm not selling at that, Good luck to the guys that are buying foundation and plastic frames with all the rubbish wax, to be honest I would be and am just putting around plants/throwing away.

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cant see It, its still a by product, lets say I have 400 kgs of wax I could sell tomorrow nice clean stuff, never used apistan, and minimal amatraz, currently I could get $15/kg tomorrow = $6000 on the sceme of things, I'm not selling at that, Good luck to the guys that are buying foundation and plastic frames with all the rubbish wax, to be honest I would be and am just putting around plants/throwing away.

I anticipate that grade for selling for $30+ in the next few years.... At those numbers it starts to get more worth doing....

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hey joseph

Stranger .... can we get some wax off you !!!!

he is based in canada. no import of bee products.

well, not yet......

 

 

he is based in canada. no import of bee products.

well, not yet......

ups. didn't read that last post.

should have had that coffee first.

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I was chatting to a German beek. He was a little crazy so you may want to take this with a grain of salt. He said in Germanythere is a massive wax shortage and that it's getting bought by Russia for bombs.

It might have been true once, but I think even Russia has entered the 21st century. :)

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It might have been true once, but I think even Russia has entered the 21st century. :)

not for bombs. plus russia hasn't been dropping many compared to what they would have in storage.

 

however various armed forces did have lubricated ammo, which i under stand was beeswax based. some of the original ammo, such a Peterson ammo, is still in excellent condition today due to that coating.

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