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    Ae,ka pai to whakaaro Judy...yes that would be a good idea Judy I am including maori in my text as part of "Maori Language Week"...
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    @Rob Stockley The queen breeder is one Ron Clark from Rolystone near Perth, he is one of the top four queen breeders in WA, he is recognized Australia wide and overseas, with a large shipments of his queens going into Canada these past few years. Ron is from the old school where ethics mean something, no bull s..t with Ron, his word is worth more than pocket full of paper contracts...you know the type, hard to find these days though.
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    If you search Aliexpress.com for toggle clamp you can get a pair for under US$3. Here's an example Free Shipping Hot 2Pcs Hand Tool Toggle Clamp Vertical Clamp 301AM GH 301AM-in Clamps from Home Improvement on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group
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    Not very much different to a harvest declaration. If you include "DIY strips" in the "other" box (or don't and something is traced back) you might struggle to sell your honey.
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    How many do you need?
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    I don't think your interpretation is quite right - my understanding is as follows: Off-label use of agrochemicals is ALLOWED providing some requirements are met. Some of the requirements are: You can use the product yourself off label, but you can not supply to another party with the express understanding that it will be used off-label. You can't recommend/advise people to use agrochemicals off label (and in any case, you would open yourself up to legal action if something went wrong). Any off-label use must not result in residues detected in food above the relevant MRL (or where one is not set, above the generic MRL which from memory is 0.01 mg/kg). My understanding of the fipronil scenario is a different issue - in this case expressly contravening the label on the product that states care must be taken not to poison bees, a "desirable" insect that no one wants harmed (see regulation 7(d) in ChrisM email). In reality, agrochemicals are routinely used "off label" in NZ agriculture, mostly on minor crops/animals where the size of the sector doesn't justify an expensive registration process (to make use 'on label'). Think crops like spring onions, some small berry crops, fejoas, yams or animals like ostriches or alpacas... Having said all that, off label use typically occurs where the growers of those crops simply have no option. There's are a number of risks of course - detectable residues, control failure or resistance development for instance. So normally in crops where good on-label options exist, growers would be reluctant to use off label products. Which brings us back to varroa - little to be gained (maybe save a few dollars short term??) and a lot of risk (residues, control failure, resistance or..?) in making DIY strips when commercial products are available. So why would you?
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    just to get this thread back in order, I shall post the reply I got back from MPI. It is interesting to read that it is legal to make your own remedies and that those are exempted from the ACVM. So, this implies that to me that quite a few other things can be done on a D.I.Y. basis that only become illegal if you seek to sell them commercially. Thus things like OA will never need to be registered, if you buy the crystals and administer yourself but MAQS is because you buy it ready to use. I guess we all learnt something especially those who said it was illegal (?). Hi Chris Thank you for your contacting Ministry for Primary Industries advising of potential illegal use of products. Your query was forwarded to my yesterday. I have reviewed the information in your email and the information contained in the posts on NZBees. The activity described is not illegal if the beekeeper concerned is only making this treatment for use on his own bees. If he was making this for other beekeepers to use as well then this would be illegal. The Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) (Exemptions and Prohibited Substances) Regulations 2011 state substances or compounds prepared for a person’s own use are exempted from registration as an Agricultural Compound, however there are requirements that must also be met regarding fitness for purpose (Regulations 7 and 8) that must also be met. I have pasted below the relevant excerpts from the legislation for your information. MPI appreciate the time you have taken to raise your concerns with us. If you believe that this person is also supplying other beekeepers then please inform us and we will investigate. If this is the case, then MPI’s investigation would be assisted with as much information as you have available (it is acknowledged that in this case there are very few details available). Ideally, if you could provide the person’s names and contact details and also the names of anyone who he might be supplying and any other supporting information that you can provide to substantiate any alleged breach of the regulations. Kind regards (I have removed the writer's personal details, but PM me if you want to write back to them personally). (CM: I don't especially recommend trying to read the following unless you have runway for a cup of tea and lie down afterward). Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (Exemptions and Prohibited Substances) Regulations 2011 Schedule 2 Regulation 5 Agricultural compounds exempt from registration under sections 21 and 27 of Act Column 1 Agricultural compound Conditions Part A. Exemptions relating to agricultural compounds that could be used in relation to either animals or plants 2 Substance or compound (not being an agricultural compound described elsewhere in this schedule)— (a) prepared by a person (person A) for use on animals or plants owned by person A, or in any land, place, or water owned or occupied by person A (and not for sale); or (b) used by person A, or a person employed or engaged by person A, or another person expressly authorised by person A, as described in paragraph (a) Column 2 If the substance or compound is used by a person employed or engaged by person A or another person expressly authorised by person A, the use must be in accordance with written instructions from person A about— (a) how the substance or compound is to be stored, prepared for use, administered, applied, and (if applicable) disposed of; and (b) how the safety and welfare of any person or animal who may come into contact with the substance or compound is to be protected and how any pain or distress of an animal is to be mitigated; and © how third parties are to be contacted or advised of the use of the substance or compound and warned of any hazards relating to the use of the compound Exempt agricultural compounds Regulation 5: Agricultural compounds exempt from registration if conditions complied with (1) An agricultural compound described in column 1 of Schedule 2 may be imported, manufactured, sold, or used as an agricultural compound without registration under section 21 or 27 of the Act if the conditions described in subclause (2) are complied with. (2) The conditions are— (a) any conditions set out in relation to that agricultural compound in column 2 of Schedule 2; and (b) the applicable conditions in regulations 7 to 13, subject to any express provision in column 2 of Schedule 2 in relation to the particular agricultural compound that has the effect of excluding, modifying, or adding to the requirements in regulations 7 to 13. (3) Nothing in these regulations applies to any— (a) registered trade name product; or (b) substance generally recognised as safe under section 8B of the Act; or © agricultural compound exempt from registration under section 8C of the Act. Regulation 7: Fitness for purpose: importation, manufacture, or sale of exempt compound An exempt agricultural compound that is imported, manufactured, or sold must be such that, when used as recommended, it will not— (a) spread organisms to a level or in a manner that could be harmful to humans; or (b) reduce the efficacy of medicines used on humans; or © result in residues in primary produce that exceed the limits prescribed in applicable food residue standards set in or under any enactment; or (d) be toxic to animals treated with or exposed to the compound to an extent that causes unnecessary or unreasonable pain or distress; or (e) fail to reduce or eliminate pain or distress to animals treated with the compound where the elimination of pain or distress is a stated purpose of the product; or (f) transmit disease, result in physical harm, or cause unnecessary pain and distress, to animals treated with or exposed to the compound; or (g) transmit pests or unwanted organisms as defined in the Biosecurity Act 1993 or specified in any national or regional pest management plan made under that Act; or (h) otherwise create or be likely to create any of the risks specified in section 4(a) of the Act. Regulation 8: Fitness for purpose: use of exempt agricultural compound A person who uses an exempt agricultural compound must ensure that the use of the compound does not do anything described in regulation 7(a) to (h).
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    I agree with all the above comments and usually only buy quality gear,as in my trade tooling...."engari" ....however,you can generally find different tiers of quality and whilst something may not be top of the line,it may come a second close...as I will put it,and at a more affordable price...and will do the job just fine for the purpose you buy it. I have been in touch with "Sailabee" from here on the forum as she has an extractor like the above mentioned ...and it sounds good to me.
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