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  1. I learnt to beekeep on the smell of an old oily worn out truck. For all the hassles involved in beekeeping now at least I can pay my bills. There are a lot of new beekeepers out there who have no idea how to control costs and when I hear of people with costs of 300 to $400 a hive per year it's no surprise that they are struggling. I remember when two dollars per kilo was a bloodie good price and then overnight it dropped to 1 dollar or less. Beekeeping was certainly easier and more fun in those days and there was a lot more peer support but you had to live on nothing and the only new gear you
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  2. I have been beekeeping for 20+ years and 4th generation in my time near broke experiences maybe 3-4 season s . In my father's time 3 consecutive nil crops 10 years later another 3 seasons..... Tough times come and go . If it was easy everybody would do it. Nz has orsum honey And we live in a overpopulated world that has to eat. Swings and roundabouts
    3 points
  3. Well that caused some clicking and popping. I'm hopeful.
    2 points
  4. i have a pretty lean green runnin on half a fart kind of a setup! mind you, went to move the mighty mitsi canter the other day and hello no first or second or third or fourth but yes hello fifth gear and hello reberse gear was there too!!
    2 points
  5. I really feel for your Mum @Neville, sinus problems can be very unpleasant. I suffered from blocked eustachion tubes (couldn't equalise pressure internally in my ears) many years ago and had surgery involving bone removal etc. Fortunately without infection arising but unfortunately without a good result. I studied up on the complaint and found a book written by an ex NZ Navy Surgeon who specialised in diving related ailments. He was in private practice by then and I got to see him. He showed me a simple exercise involving the jaw and jaw joint which if done twice daily for 6 months would "cu
    2 points
  6. I've made over a thousand litres of mead over the years. The nicer the honey....the nicer the mead. The bitter aftertaste of willow dew will most likely come through. ...but if you run it through a still and use the alcohol for Varroa washing it may be worth doing instead of buying meths. I've got a batch of mead at home that's over 10 years old.....Beautiful. tried a drop of 100 year old mead.....very mellow and smooth.
    2 points
  7. We're doomed .... aye for sure we're doomed ! I think that came from Monty Python ...? You're right Mike ..... There's a lot of challenges out there. Keep a low profile, steady head and focused on the big picture...
    2 points
  8. For God's sake people. And our sake too. THINK POSITIVE. How on Earth are we going to get through this rough patch if we're all doom and gloom. I know there's trouble ahead but let's stay positive. We must be basically optimistic people or we wouldn't be into bees in the first place. If we keep talking lowly of the industry how can we expect to reap great things. When we all get together here on the forum we can either sort out the crap ahead and achieve what we set out to do or we can wallow in this and achieve nothing. Let's snowball this to winning NOT losing. We can do it.
    2 points
  9. Hi all My mum has been very sick for the past couple of years. Long story short, to try and overcome one of the issues, she had surgery on her sinuses in Feb this year, having bone removed from her skull etc,etc. The problem is that she has an infection in the very top of her sinuses that antibiotics aren't controlling. She has been on pretty much every antibiotic available over the last 6 months and nothing is killing it. We got her onto 20+UMF honey on boxing day last December and she has been taking it every day since. This has helped her throat infection hugely (coming from the sinus
    1 point
  10. I hit the funny rating but it's not really that funny. No one sets out to fail. There will be a human toll.
    1 point
  11. Remember when the price of honey was $2.75kg that was less than 20 years ago. NZ produced awesome honey back then too. Prices have risen off the back of Manuka honey. With the rise in other countries producing so called active honey then adding tougher selling conditions, less demand, more money paid out by the beekeeper for everything from land fees to RMPs, competition for sites, sugar feeding and pollen sub becoming the norm, and that's just a few changes that have happened over the past 10 years. So many of the new "commercials" I see around here have all the bells and whistles.
    1 point
  12. that was private Fraser from Dads Army, (the scottish undertaker). They dont make sitcoms like that anymore,a good laugh even for pesimists:D
    1 point
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