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  1. I do 3 rounds of treatments, 3 rounds of feeding etc, I can probly run my hives at $200 a hive so thats 140,000 to run 700 hives, what is everyone else running them at? I try and keep my hives running as best as possible so put alot of effort into them, probly going to run at a big loss this season with only 240 boxes from my manuka crop which may not pass the tests so what to do? Was thinking maybe tick up a 7 ton digger and do jobs on the side to keep funds coming in or maybe get into package bees.
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  2. So this honey will join the mountains in the shed awaiting the right price, am I right?
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  3. Pulled a heavy load of honey off coast bees last week. Just hanging out for the sun in Canterbury.... Tipped 30 ml of rain out of the guage this morning.
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  4. Sure Daniel - definitely relatable. In relation to AFB work in NZ, dogs have been tested and phages have been isolated (viruses specific for AFB bacteria). But we cant just transplant them into NZ - the bacteriophages wouldnt be allowed across the border and the dogs would be too expensive I guess. Our work is brand new and hence why we're publishing it - so that it can be peer reviewed, improved and hopefully adopted. I am not complaining that there was no beekeeping funding of the work - we never asked for any. But without research and industry funding, NZ beekeepers are goin
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  5. She's already full and going in for more, keen!!
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  6. Really! I keep hearing about this cheap diesel but for me it's usually around $1.30
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  7. Dreaming Big. Mr Boot has asked several times for my marketing strategy for selling honey to the world. In the the predawn quiet of mid winter a gentle snow falls in the foothills of New Zealands Southern Alps. The log burner simmers. The coffee brews . And the old kitchen is lit by the glow of the computer screen that allows me to communicate with the world..... google searching trails of names and jobs and connections that unearth people of influence in far flung corners of the world. It is that quiet time of reason and thought .....
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  8. How politically incorrect is the name "Blackbutt"? Think a name change could be called for? e.g. Eskimo Pies...
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  9. Perendales are not top shelf sheep . They always seem to prefer the neighbours winter feed paddocks. But back to milking sheep. ...... you need lotsa milk per. sheep .... they say it's good for many skin conditions ..... excma, psoriasis ...... add a little honey dew and every lady in town can become a Cleopatra.
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  10. R Perendales top shelf sheep? Would that have a premium built into the end price (the soap that is)? Or would honey or beech dew fed Perendales be a good idea for the table?
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  11. I have half a dozen of the neighbours poking Perendales...... but a guy down the road milks sheep ..... we pollinated his radishes for nothing last summer ...... we might have a chat ...eh.
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  12. Ah yes, I have a dream ..... While trolling through the net in the early hours of this morning, somehow, somewhere I came across a facebook post. It was put up by the lady who bought our North Island base camp a few months ago. The comment was that Beekeepers had owned the house previously and left honey ..... I left a box of a dozen Honey Dew as a house warmer. She made it into Sheeps milk soap. Must've been talking to Daly.
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  13. I am glad it's Ted, cos the hound popped up & I couldn't delete it. Obviously Ted knew he was meant to be here. Hope that doesn't mean there's AFB on the forum site. He's v persistent & refused to be removed
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  14. We know there are overseas markets that are prepared to pay megabucks for what they perceive to be the absolute best in active manuka; and willing to pay for "gold" lidded jars with spoons etc, but there are a huge amount of people who can't afford this. Surely there is a market place for lower active manuka. Maybe with Covid and lack or decrease of earning capacity of much of the world's population we will see a demand for lower activity in manuka, or maybe just manuka analysed with only a pollen count. Or maybe NZ honey's in general. Maybe that is why some beekeepers are fin
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  15. The sugars make the gutbacteria more efficient at utilizing low quality feed.
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  16. There is absolutely NO downside if Uncle Ted buys my honey ..... at a price that is a fair reward for the effort that went into producing it. It embarrasses the crap out of me to have to tell the staff that there is either no work over the winter because I can't afford to pay them ... or those who work on essential services within the operation will have to take a 20% drop in wages ..... The reality is that the money saved on not paying wages for two months over the winter is not a vast amount in the big scheme of things ..... but when staff show up for work they need to be gainfu
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  17. Or I guess i could just play possum.
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  18. Nothing so grand as that ..... it was a sample shipment ....the customer didn't baulk at our asking price and asked to see it for herself and make a decision based of taste and texture and customer feedback. Early days but a step in the right direction.
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  19. OK .... Tonight I have been in deep thought about selling honey ..... and after a few comments last night, and after reading a post today from the Green mussel man ..... I had a thought. Bruce tried it last year with the Co Op . We have made no progress, and we have made no headway .....and to go for a full year with no progress is essential a regress. So .... I am looking for expressions of interest to form a Honey Collective. The goal is to sell honey that is light in colour and low in MGO that generates a return to the producer that will keep them a
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  20. @Trevor Gillbanks already hates the govt. so much he might get one for free and give it to @Stoney ?
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  21. short answer NO as soon as you get a rmp you will hate the government
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  22. I said I was gonna park this Post .... But ..... back in the day it wasn't like wool wasn't selling, it just wasn't selling at the right price. We haven't talked to 'our' buyer for three seasons. Even if I had wanted to dump it he was too polite to say what he thought it was worth ..... The catch is, when we were selling bulk honey for $9/kg, customers were buying it. What's changed ? The Manuka Standard ? Nah, most of our honey went overseas, and they don't give a fig about NZ's Standard. I guess our customers found something cheaper ..... but as good .... ques
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  23. Yep .... Ridden a few miles with Cliff ..... a bunch of us went down south one time to Arrowtown. He passed me on the way home in his old Mtzi ute, uphill on the Lindis pass, towing two horses . Good truck that Mitzi ! And yes , he'd know a thing or two about knowing when to hold 'em, and when to fold 'em. We are all individuals with individual circumstances .... but dare I say it , generally team work wins the day. And that comes from someone who was never a team player.
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  24. I've been in communication with my overseas buyer today ..... first time in many years, so that is a good start...... but I am wondering what Uncle @Ted puts in his humble pie , because if I sell my crops .... I'm gonna need some of that pie to give me the energy to get out of bed !
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  25. Fascinating video ..... the most interesting part was the thought process after watching it, so I watched it again. We are being told to buckle down and accept low prices for our product because we need to match what China is putting out into the market .... but watch again ..... harvesting royal jelly in building s with mud floors, no white overalls, hairnets, gloves , dog walking in the door ..... need I go on ?
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  26. Pork labeling is an interesting scenario. We import a lot. Yes, some of it is labeled NZ Pork. But there are some cunning labeling ploys e.g." NZ Mum's night out - cook pork." This is deceptive for many because it doesn't say that the pork isn't NZ produced. My take on this labeling, is that it is not NZ produced. It is playing on hurry purchase without thinking.
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  27. Yes, for wax moth eggs. If you don't use the frames until later on in the season, still good to use. I have had a monster water rat in a compost heap. I think it might be a sick unit now - each a.m. last 5 days - a talon tablet
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  28. Bagged up all the poly frames yesterday into airtight plastic bags, then stuck them in the freezer for 48 hrs
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  29. Yeah nah .... you are right Frazz. We had a call from our packers down the road, looking for white honey, didn't matter whether it was clover , kamahi, or rata .... price offered between 3 and 4, subject to sample To be honest, and non offence to you Peter, but I can't even be bothered to walk over to the shed and find some samples. On the same front, our overseas buyer was mulling over our white honey , but hasn't come back, and that was mid Covid. So yes, the demand isn't there, either domestic or overseas . I think I'm gonna park all this worry about hon
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  30. Yep ..... at the end of the day we all want a vehicle that can do three jobs ..... Move bees, move Beekeepers, and move Mama. At the end of the day you gotta bite the bullet. You need a truck for the grunt of lifting and moving. The novelty of moving singles by hand into pollination soon wears off ..... and you need a ute for the run around maintenance. Landcruisers are great, but the back ends need pimping to carry any weight and are overpriced. Rangers travel nice but have ho hum viz for off road work .... BT 50 are cheaper and the same sort of thing ..... The
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  31. Hey Pete, For what it's worth, we all Hum and Hah about big decisions and wonder if now is the time or should we wait for a better time . Experience tells me that there is no time like the present. If you have a dream, or a cunning plan , jump in and do it .... one way or another, it will always work out . It may not be the outcome you originally thought, but heh, if life was pre planned and predictable, where would be the fun and intrigue of that.
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  32. Hi Mischief - It's a bit difficult for a sole operator to do everything in the business. The outfits I know that are very good at selling direct to the consumer, the markets were developed decades ago and those markets need a lot of attention, and those outfits still sell a lot of bulk to packers. Some have to bring in other family to help direct sales, others contract other aspects of the beekeeping business out. Many beekeepers, just focus on producing product to sell in bulk to packers - that's what they know and that's what they are comfortable with. Marketing, packing ,website, bureau
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  33. Nice. ETA Otira in February for a Rata show .... Big Hands is shouting!
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  34. I had a very pleasant day with @Colorado_Chris today. We started off early ish with a 10 km walk along the Manawatu river. This trip included a tour of the esplanade and a visit to the Wildbase centre (Massey hospital for native animals). At Wildbase we managed to get a great viewing of Big Daddy the male tuatara. He is over 600mm long. We also saw one of his babies about 100mm long. Chris had a lot of questions about the flora along the river bank and in the Esplanade. Which I did my best to answer. We then went out to Waireka Honey Centre where Kate Smith (the owne
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  35. Just because it is Organic does'nt mean it is safe . Of course ..... cropping farmers export , not directly under a farm brand, but all the produce goes into the pool for the world to pick and choose from . Down the road from here 'Gladfields' do a lot of malting barley . Last week we were subjected to an Asure quality farm audit ..... two hours of questioning about our farming practices .... chemicals usage, drench and fertiliser usage. We had one non compliance ...... a broken cattle yard rail. Apparently a sucessful audit means we ar eligable for a coupe of cents extra on
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  36. Thank you so very much for hosting me at your hives yesterday Alastair, I had a spectacular time inspecting, testing, and learning about the the varroa treatments you and James are experimenting with. I'm excited now for my upcoming visit with Trevor in Palmerston North as well, especially with the nearby honey center which we unfortunately couldn't make it to yesterday in Puhoi. James I would love to learn more about your AFB sniffing dog when I get to the South Island, I have a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever back home that I had previously planned to train simil
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  37. The beauty of only having 320 hives James. ? . Actually what we were doing, this is the first post OA strip visit to an apiary. Assessing damage and rectifying as much as possible, basically setting up the site to get the most honey possible, as a site, rather than individual hives. Other thing, been an AFB issue in the area with a nearby apiary on one side of me having rob outs, and an apiary on the other side of me having rob outs. ?. So an AFB check was also done, nothing found (phew), but will have to keep a close eye on these. I mentioned your AFB sniffer
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  38. Met up with Chris today, he was not much interested in the coffee but definately wanted to get dirty in some hives. For a scientist (LOL) he is very practical I was able to trust him working his own hives and he speeded up my day. But seriously, he has a great depth of knowledge in certain bee related areas, he shared a bit with me today, and I'll be back in touch with him in the future if there are any difficult issues I need answers on that are in his field. He is keenly looking forward to meeting Trevor and James, I would highly recommend him to anyone e
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  39. Aah, there you are Adam. You are right ..... a couple of hundy K will not go a long way in a marketing budget .... but I guess what it shows is that those who walked away demonstrated in doing so that they had no understanding and no faith in what is the back bone of the industry. Which is a shame because they obviously had no grasp of the potential that is out there. Manuka generates some high prices, but it is only a small percentage of the crop. I had some Singaporeans here the other day. They were looking to buy honey . They were fixated on Manuka. It's all t
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  40. Totally agree Manfred. Good products will sell themselves. Manuka will always sell itself. Build the brand and the competition is left behind. $7.5 mill to push New Zealand Honey on the world market as the The Honey to be seen eating would possibly benefit a lot more struggling business's and the potential return on the investment ten fold that of investing in just one honey.
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  41. I think Bruce's email is symptomatic of the country at the moment. The present government seems to have lost track of just who it is who is creating the wealth of the country . Which is a shame because there are so many good ideas and positivety out there . Perhaps we have been spoon fed for too long and lost faith in our abilities to make great things happen. The Co op idea may have taken a backwards step .... but that step back will give us a wider view of where we need to be headed and a better view of the summit.
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  42. ? Ok .. just forward her this and the world will be your oyster .
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  43. No doubt .... We all have 20/20 hindsight. Now I 'aint begrudging the fact that the Gvt donated quite a few million to trademarking one of our honeys ...... but as I sit in the glow of the firelight I ponder the ways of the politicians. Manuka is the flavour of the decade and sells itself ... but the fact of the matter is there are thousands of tonnes of 'other' high quality honeys languishing in sheds and when we try to raise a couple hundy K to float a marketing company .....nobody wants a bar of it. I guess it's all about shine and priority. Meanwhi
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  45. Hmmm ..... we ate the last of the rice last night, along with the old cow that got caught in the fence .....what next Kimosahbe ?
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  46. I generally start the day at 5.45 am and do about six coffees ....... more coffee at 10am,more at lunch then more at 5.00pm ..... Beer from six pm til 8.00pm wish ... then more coffee. No wonder the Missus thinks I have a problem. It must be crap coffee eh . Why a month .... because school hols start in two weeks or so , so take an early break and wind down for the hols .... then reevaluate. That way everyone gets time to have quality family time.
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  47. Hmmm ..... I think I'd shoot the pony, dip the ladies in the honey and bury the horn .......
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  48. well at least you got kiwi saver ..... my kiwi saver was my bee operation ..... ?
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