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  1. 13 points
    We are coping with temps over 30C and at least next week also.. Really dry and hot.. Bees strong ( too strong), not rarely with 10 frames of brood.. Now I can see starting of making honey arches.. There will be quite an army to feed overwinter.. But I believe they know what are doing.. Some queens failed and I will merge mostly with others, since I am motivated to reduce the colony numbers.. The hazelnuts are now in focus for me..
  2. 12 points

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    A Summary of the OA/GL Staples Thread.
  3. 11 points
    My apologies for the delayed response. I have just had a very busy and rewarding trip, bouncing around the world promoting wonderful New Zealand honey. I can only give my opinion and view on this topic. There is no single answer that explains the current market position of Manuka honey and the demand both domestically and internationally. There is no doubt that change is occurring and that some markets are maturing and new markets are emerging and others are just starting to really blossom. Whether you are busy and successful or not is dependent upon your brand or brands and the markets you choose to target. I see growing awareness, acceptance, appreciation, reputation and want for Manuka Honey in more and more large international markets. I also see buyer confusion and concern over standards and quality. I still see confusion with labelling and grading systems. Anecdotal, word of mouth, positive feed back for Manuka Honey is spreading faster than I have seen before. Yet, as an industry we are not ready to capitalise on the opportunity. We are not unified in our direction and approach. As an industry we are very immature and a short term, fast cash get rich quick mentality still permeates many quarters. We are very poor at self policing. In fact there are plenty in the industry that treat standards and labelling laws as a burden and costly interference. There will never be a $billion Manuka industry for NZ while these people companies exist. As fast as markets emerge and grow they will be the first to undermine and cause long term damage. I have just travelled extensively and the junk I have seen offered and portrayed as Manuka honey is in my opinion a disgrace and embarrassment. Firstly lets put to bed the Australian issue. It does not look smell or taste like real Manuka. It is like treacle or molasses. It is just honey with MGO. On its own this would be no threat to a united industry with fortitude, foresight and 20+ years of science. As it is, not only can we not agree and join together and garner Government support for the defence and the protection of the name Manuka. We actually have New Zealand producers trading in and offering Australian Manuka as an alternative at a lower price. What does this say for our position? What does it do for our argument? Next we have companies that flaunt the essence of the law. Those companies that ship bulk honey off shore to knowingly pack under far looser, less stringent labelling requirements. The MPI Manuka Honey definition is there for a reason. Like it or not it is there to formalise compliance and strengthen the New Zealand Manuka honey brand and reputation for quality. Those that look for legal grey areas to avoid or get around the standard, simply reduce respect, quality and value of the industry. Next we have the often deliberate confusion and false, detrimental marketing surrounding the use of variable grading systems. UMF and MGO still cause confusion. While UMF appears to be strengthening standard requirements, MGO on its own seems to be often used to confuse. There are many brands that promote MGO 30, 50 and 70 as Manuka honey with the words 'blend' or 'multi floral' very small, unclear or obscurely positioned. The UK is a prime example of a large market that has been saturated with lesser quality product, poor product education and now has a unnaturally low perception of the real value. Then we have China. The golden goose. The number of brands available are countless. Most I have never heard of. Most will not be there next year or the year after but will probably be replaced by the next brand who thinks the market is easy only to realise that the only marketing tool they posses is price. Even the biggest brands seem to be forever chasing volume at the expense of value and credibility. Buy 1 get one free, 50% discount, buy 2 get one free etc etc is common place. I did not see the same discounting for top Champaign, caviar, perfume and branded clothing etc So back to New Zealand and Manuka Inc. One year does not define a market and direction. There are some major corrections taking place. Some very large producers and brands are suffering or reversing and have reduced or stopped buying. Previous errors and direction are coming home to roost. The converse is that other companies and brands are emerging and defining a new standard and direction and value proposition. Genuinely exciting New product development will move Manuka honey to a new level and into new markets. I see growth opportunity every where I look and many untapped markets. From a personal perspective we see multiple new business enquiries every single day. The majority are Manuka related. Many have agressive price expectations. Some tick all the boxes and are worth developing. Time scales are often quite long for new business development but I see a very strong sales pipeline for the next three years. I am not looking beyond that at this point. Adam
  4. 11 points
    Thanks for all the advice this year from new & experienced beeks alike. And thanks to all the other newbees brave enough to ask the questions I couldn’t. Happy holidays.
  5. 10 points
    Push it over the line @Philbee Over 70 loads @ 2-2.5 cube on one of my wintering sites ready for shifting tonight Shifted 55 more hives to my wintering site, 20hour day yesterday finishing at 12:30 and unloading this morning at 9am then went on to put staples in and feed 3 sites with a bit of chainsaw clearing to let some light in
  6. 10 points
    OK ... time for another thought for the day. I always quite enjoy watching her Majesty The Queen's Speech ..... She's always so down to earth and generally hits the nail on the head about why we are here ..... for whether we like it or not we are here and generally it's about Faith, Family and Friendship. What more to life is there ? The same could be said about the honey industry. It's about building relationships .... Packers with Bee keepers and vica versa. Some people get a buzz opening hives and driving land cruisers down tracks axle deep in mud. Others get a buzz from working budgets and margins and squeezing honey into pots. The point is we are all interconnected, but that guy that gets a thrill from planting it through the mudout is possibly not very adept on the spreadsheet, just as the shiny butt on his computer would totally screw up the mission to get to the Bee yard. The Bee man has the skill to squeeze a crop from his bees in a lean year. The marketer has the skill to squeeze a few extra dollars from the pot on the shop shelf. If the marketer can grow the market, then the Bee man is happy to run more hives. The marketer has more honey to sell ..... everyone benefits. No Market, no honey .... so the bee man goes and drives a truck for Westland. It's a lose lose situation. The fact is , it's about family and friendship and growing a strong community where everyone makes a dollar and feels a valued part of it. But it probably starts at the pointy end with the Marketer getting out there into the world with his skill and contacts to crank the organ. It might be a dirty job, but it needs doing. So ... the New Years message to our big time honey exporters . Get out there and crank the organ coz us monkeys are waiting to dance.
  7. 9 points
    Okay. I'm going to be a bit harsher here. Feral hives living in rotten old trees still die from varroa. Pseudo-scorpions were a nice idea that was looked at quite closely and found to have no real relevance in varoa control. It's another one of those small cell size, foodgrade mineral oil, nasturtiums planted out the front of the hive, top bar hive, AMM, screen bottom boards et cetera ideas that might have worked but didn't and never will. There is little enough money for research without throwing it away. If you want something useful to spend research money on then how about looking at getting parasites from Australia to deal with the passion vine hopper. It's costing beekeepers millions of dollars each year and the kiwifruit industry over $30 million a year, plus it is implicated in the spreading of cabbage tree die back as well as debilitating other native plants. It may be that there are no suitable parasites and it may be that even if there are they won't work but it has got to be worth a try. Pseudo-scorpions have already had their chance.
  8. 9 points
    So this year I got no honey at all... But ive learnt about swarming, queen failure, varoa and wasp pressure. I’ve also rediscovered the fun of local honey, yum. Nothing better than going out for a coffee and leaving with an extra treat for later. Or being given a sympathy jar from a more successful colleague at work Get out out there and buy local.
  9. 9 points
    Randy found that in the dry climate of California shop towels worked in singles However in the humid State of Georgia they were much less effective because Georgia has a humid climate and the Glycerol in the towel outside the Brood nest absorbs that moisture ruining the Oxalic solution. Our New Zealand climate can do the same. However when the shop towel is used in a Double there is a higher chance that it will be within the climate controlled zone of the Brood Nest and therefore work better than in a single. This contributed to the inconsistent results from OA/GL Shop Towel system in New Zealand. Staples on the other hand are much more suitable than shop towels for placement between the frames within the Brood Nest where the Humidity is highly regulated. Shortly I will post a video of still shots of Late Autumn Hives in outstanding condition, all with Staples inserted within the Brood Nest. Here is a Video of stills that I threw together today while out and about tending to my Staple Efficacy trial The hives in the video are Hives opened consecutively for photos and not the pick of the bunch, just typical Hives in my operation. They have all been treated exclusively with Staples for 2 or more seasons and this season just spring and Autumn. Vast majority have low to zero mite counts after a month of treatment and will bolt through to Spring Every one of them has Staples in the Brood nest https://youtu.be/VmFuFjc8JZQ There may be a couple of double up photos, That 4 parts/6 parts works out to 31% OA by weight Does that sound about right to you?
  10. 9 points
  11. 8 points
    On the matter of placement. Ive always put mine in a straight line and killed the Mites but Ive also always had a split Brood as a result That is the Spring Hive has Brood at one end and stores at the other with the row of staples as the boundary. It never bothered me because at least the Hive was healthy and that really what my goal was. Recently Ive realised that the square pattern layout in the central part of the Box is probably a step up. I might try it this season.
  12. 8 points
    Just shows even a beginner can do it. Well done Hayden, if everyone was as good as you we would likely have eliminated AFB from New Zealand.
  13. 8 points
    Here's a couple of July Hives at 550m
  14. 8 points
    A year ago I opened the hives to the horror of seeing mites on bees , so I permanently binned synthetic strips. I then embarked upon successfully halting the decline and recovering them with @Philbee OA staples, mid Winter . Today I started on my June round of beekeeping , which involves checking where the brood is and moving the staples back into the middle of it and the cluster . So it's been 12 months since I started with staples and I will not use anything else. The bees are healthy , all of them . Far better than ever for winter . I believe it's vital to move the staples back into the cluster , monthly , Autumn and winter 😊😊
  15. 8 points
    Still in the drawing board stage, but some knowledgeable people working on this. QUOTE - The basis of the innovation is quite simple. When the queen bee eats something with pathogens in it, the pathogen signature molecules are bound by vitellogenin. Vitellogenin then carries these signature molecules into the queen’s eggs, where they work as inducers for future immune responses. Before this, no-one had thought that insect vaccination could be possible at all. That is because the insect immune system, although rather similar to the mammalian system, lacks one of the central mechanisms for immunological memory – antibodies. "Now we've discovered the mechanism to show that you can actually vaccinate them. You can transfer a signal from one generation to another," researcher Dalial Freitak states...... PrimeBEE's first aim is to develop a vaccine against American foulbrood, a bacterial disease caused by the spore-forming Paenibacillus larvae ssp. larvae. American foulbrood is the most widespread and destructive of the bee brood diseases. "We hope that we can also develop a vaccination against other infections, such as European foulbrood and fungal diseases. We have already started initial tests. The plan is to be able to vaccinate against any microbe". https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/sustainability-news/the-first-ever-insect-vaccine-primebee-helps-bees-stay-healthy
  16. 8 points
    Looks like we are going to do something with UV detection. Setting out sugar water, with UVpens marking the trays somehow. Seeing if there is a colour preference. We may also look at the minimum sugar concentrations they can detect and will they go for a weaker solution that has a brighter UV signal. As she is a Year 12 their has to be a fair bit of science in it. We are going get on to next year's fair in spring for a bigger project. I have had this girl entering every year since year 9. She has won gold twice and got bronze for her first time in the senior section.
  17. 8 points
    @john berry just for you! Here are a bazillion baby photos. The videos are cute too but I have no idea how to do those
  18. 7 points
    I just spent two weeks wandering around the South Island taking an old mate on a boys trip. South Island roads are so much smoother and less potholed than the North Island roads. Beautiful bush almost everywhere and manuka all over the place including hundreds of acres sprayed to death on the Milford Road. Saw lots of hives but most seemed well spread out and not big sites. Roads were almost empty anywhere away from towns but I was a bit disappointed with roads like the hast pass and the Crown Road over Cardrona which while picturesque were not anywhere near as rugged as I was hoping for and we have more exciting roads here. Milford was a bit more real especially with heavy snow around both ends of the homer tunnel. I like where I live but the South Island is dropdead gorgeous.
  19. 7 points
    And the young guys are doing that as well ? Its a long bow to draw basing such a statement off one beekeeper in my opinion . I don’t like it when derogatory statements of fact are made about the old guard . To me it’s the old time beekeepers who are, on the whole, the real beekeepers. They are the ones that have been able to make a living from stuff all income. They are the ones that were labelled a bit weird when it was known they were beekeepers unlike today where it’s trendy. They are the beekeepers who had to deal with the arrival of varroa and they are the people who have watched as others have entered the industry with a pocket full of cash and no knowledge or care for bees and completely changed their way of doing business . I take my hat off to the old timers I’ve learnt so much from them and continue to learn. give me the knowledge and tenacity of an old timer over a young gun any day of the week.
  20. 7 points
    Just another opinion, personally i would not combine. Couple of reasons, firstly, with proper care the smaller hive can still survive the winter, it may need moving a few Km's to a buddies house to get it away from the wasps, after a month or two it could be brought back. But the main reason, if the hive is weak there could be a reason for that as in some type of infection. If that is the case, you don't want to dump it into the good hive. Me, I never dump struggling hives into good ones. If anything, I would add some brood and bees from a good hive to a small one that needs it, but not the other way around. However, that's just one opinion of many, so go with whatever works. Just some encouragement, a friend asked me to look at their hive as it was being attacked by wasps. Went there, took the lid off, and immediately a horde of wasps flew out. There were 100 or 200 bees left, scattered around, and the queen running around by herself. So i took the hive home and left it overnight so the bees could find each other and cluster. Also took a 1 kilo package of bees from another hive and left them queenless overnight. Next day sugar watered them and dumped them in. Had a look a week later and queen still alive, eggs being layed, bees cleaning out dead brood, things moving the right direction. Suspected possible varroa problem so put strips in. This hive will be ready to give back to the owner once brood starts hatching, so even the hopeless looking cases can be done.
  21. 7 points
    The old house is quiet tonight. I had an old mate up today. His boy brought him up riding shotgun on a sales trip. It's been one of those stunningly beautifull days in Te Wai Pounamu , that time of year when the trees start to turn and the mornings have an eye watering chill in them ,and the roar and the croak of the stags resound around the valley. The old mates' boy sells machinery, so seeing as the Can Am has been in the fix it shop for two weeks and they are having team meetings over what to do with it , I thought we should look at our options. There are always options. The stockman has been riding Shank's pony. He's been very polite about it. He always is. My new pony has been in the yards getting started ..... and he is a beauty .... a pure bred short coupled Arab that my mare from hell gave birth to eight years ago ..... but good things take time ..... So the Can Am is busted and it turns out my old mate's boy sells Mr Kubota's machinery. So they arrived at 8.00 am with the side by side on the trailer. We seem to go through the bikes. Side by sides, quad bikes, motorcross bikes ..... they all need fixing. The quads diff crapped out last week. The seal went on the back axle and the diff must have ran out of oil and ended up with one wheel drive. We won't talk about the Can Am. So we had a look at the Kubota . A 28hp three cylinder diesel that sounds like the Bobcat , powered by Kubota. She's got hydrostatic drive, oil immersed brakes, phenomenal engine braking on the descents ..... and a half tonne hydraulic tip deck. And she comes dressed in Camo. Eldest boy and Mum did the road testing. Old mate, his boy, and I followed in the cruiser. Climbed the dark side track to the top of the hill and sat in the sun absorbing the view of the foothills, the new snow on Mt Hutt, the mist in the Selwyn and the Torlesse ranges craggy skyline beckoning. And we talked of the old days .... back when .... when we worked for Airborne , about when old Arthur died up the Rakaia on his last mission to the bees, and had to be carted back to Leeston on the back of the bee truck, and the party's me other old mate had, who was my boss , when the young beekeepers passed out under the table at six o'clock ..... in the morning .... and the lack of high viz, and certificates .... and the phone calls on a thursday night to move a thousand bees out of pollination by the weekend and only armstrong cranes and grit to lift them. And as we sat in the sun and reflected .... Old mate , his Boy and I ..... and all was quiet as My boy and his mum went on daring deeds to try and kill the Kubota in some swamp hidden bog hole in the valley below .... I put it to old mate ..... "How d'ya grow such a good boy ?" 'Life and love. Lotsa love.'
  22. 7 points
    Saw these hives when having lunch on a Mekong River cruise They are right around the restaurant for the tourists Their bees are much smaller and very calm. Sampled some of the honey which is light and very runny. They served it with some pollen and tea made from pandan leaves. It was quite nice.
  23. 7 points
    No it isn't the same. And yes I can explain. When you choose to send in a composit sample you are hoping that it tests so far below the threshold that you know that all the batches in that composit must be OK. But if you send in a composit and it is close to the threshold, it means that a particular batch that is part of that composit might be over. You then have to test each batch to find out which one or ones it is. That is par for the course if you choose to mix up composit samples. It means that on this occasion your composit sample has tested close enough that one of the batches in it might be over, and that is the risk you knowingly took when you mixed up the composit. No one can reasonably complain about that, the result is what it is. You now have to test individually to find out which one is over, or, you can blend all your batches so you will have one batch which is under, just. And should have the same result as the composit sample you sent in.
  24. 7 points
    Some who sold out the corporate's were willing sellers and some were leaned on pretty heavily but the big difference between the corporate's and individuals is corporate's use somebody else's money and we have to use our own. It would be financial suicide for an individual to try and match the kind of money they were throwing round for hives and sites. Some of those hives are now coming back on the market, some of those apiary sites have changed hands two or three times in the last five years. Bankers seem to be totally naive and continue to finance corporate's that are losing millions of dollars every year and at least two of those operations are run by people that have been bankrupt before. Family businesses make far more profit per hive and pay far more taxes to keep the country running. Some of those corporate's also have a special relationship with the MPI which I also find deeply concerning.
  25. 7 points
    There was a time when honey was just labelled as honey. Now we have pure, New Zealand, produced with organic principles, unadulterated, tested to the nth degree et cetera which has the unfortunate effect of making consumers wonder what is wrong with plain old honey. Even with manuka honey the only reason we needed a standard was there were so many people out there who were just plain dishonest. It's not hard to tell manuka honey from others. Now for the last few years of my beekeeping life I have to suffer for the greed, dishonesty and bull#### that a few greedy corporate's and individuals have brought into the world of bees. At least I have years of experience on how to run a business on the smell of an oily rag. I shouldn't say told you so that I have been predicting all this for a few years now. One last thing to look forward to. In the past every time there has been a major price correction there has also been a spike in AFB through neglected hives, and there are a lot more hives out there to be neglected then the used to be.
  26. 7 points
    I think these are tough times for a lot of people. We are no exception. Sometimes it's hard to stay positive when it seems like curved ball comes from every direction, but you know what ..... I start most days with six cups of coffee and take the dog for a walk. He does'nt care whether its raining or shining, he's just happy to be out there with dad. He goofs around and I put the day into perspective. Win or loose , I know I have many talents that I can put to use in another form of creativity when the crunch comes. the secret is knowing when to say when. I think if you are passionate about something you'll persevere and draw on some inner cunning to get you through the lean times. Kia kaha.
  27. 6 points
    The 3 teams should be finished the first round end of this week. Replacing staples.. feeding etc, overall they look good.. did some alcohol washes at this site on Friday.. 8,2,1,0 this site is coastal and generally winters well. We have the usual amounts of dead’s so far a couple at each site.. the lack of DWV seen is awesome.. mites seen in some smaller colonies that had wintered away from the winter treatment on the outside frames.
  28. 6 points
    What about a system that passes the frame between two rollers, ie the honey gets squashed out rather than scraped off, leaving the bulk of the wax still attached, or sort of, to the frame ? More wax left for the bees to re-use , cleaner honey for further processing.... In fact Granny's ancient washing hand wringer's rubber rollers could easily be shaped to fit the woodwork. Stainless laundry tub with timber stiffener to take the wringer clamps. Change the sprung rotating handle on top to a quick acting cam action....Bob's yr uncle. I can smell the Rickett's Blue already !
  29. 6 points
    And no-one rang to let you know.....pack of low lifes they must be.
  30. 6 points
    With regard leaving honey on, its about principle to me I resent being in a position where all the ticket clippers get to make their margin and the poor old beek gets whats left even worse a bill'. Id rather not work hard to make them money, getting non myself. What really peeved me off was to see one extraction outfit put their prices up as Honey went down. As for your comment about why do I keep Bees, Im sure you didnt mean that in a bad way but if you did just consider for a moment that those Bees have contributed to this industry in ways that a few tonne of Honey never will. So, I have my own reasons for Beekeeping and thankfully I dont need to sell Honey but I do need my Bees. Also, Palletized Hives in the context of this discussion is about Varroa not production. Whatever studies might have been done in the past are not necessarily relevant in today's environment because today's Varroa environment is different from the past. Lots of things are different.
  31. 6 points
    The mBovis was worse than it should have been, partly because of those not keeping their Nait tag information up to date - exactly the same as happens with AFB and unregistered hives and AFB. Having been dairying when both Brucellosis and TB were more prevalent, people are now into factory farming and are shifting huge numbers of stock constantly around the country. Instead of raising their own replacement stock, week old calves are sold to someone to raise to weaning, then on to next owner to raise to heifer near calving, etc. We used to be very circumspect about buying in from a source of unknown or untrusted disease status. I see migrating bees and disease in much the same way.
  32. 6 points
    I reduced my plastic frames as follows: Make 4 small cuts in the 2 vertical beam, but leave the beam longer by 8mm or so. With a boxcutter, cut off the excess of plastic foundation. You can cut it an break it off. Take the end bar (with or without a slit) of a wooden frame (maybe you have some broken lying around) Cut wooden bar to size. Drill two holes per vertical (plastic frame) for the nails to go in. Place wooden bar in place and lock in place with the nails. Works for me, a bit of work but the frame doesn't warp. Photo's attached.
  33. 6 points
    killed this one the other day, photo doesn't do it much justice as I had to drop it to get it under 2 mb, but gives you an idea, was inside a container
  34. 6 points
    The weather has been beautiful - by brother and his wife, who last visited here from South Africa 30 years ago and nearly died of frost bite at this time of the year, had no cold or rain. We headed down to Milford Sound - perfect - the Curio Bay - perfect - stayed in Little Black Barn - perfect - and sent them off after 8 days. Had a little rain last night, and today opened 3 hives all stuffed with honey and with well developed brood nests for autumn/winter, and 5 boxes due to come off in the next few days. A good year thus far, seven more hives to check this weekend.
  35. 6 points
    I agree. We need a lot of further discussion to figure out a way forward for the whole industry. This will not happen until all groups sit around a table and leave all old baggage at the door. It is time to talk together. Not be talked at by any group or individual.
  36. 6 points
    AFB board members are appointed after being selected by consultants. I know several of them and do not doubt their competency or integrity but I would like to see a change to board members being elected. I have put my name forward once in the past for the board but was not selected. I have no problem with that, I just feel that democracy is a better system than selection by consultants.
  37. 6 points
    We've got fresh staples into the majority of hives over the past month or so as we're pulling honey. They staples are also going into all the nucs that are being made up. Mites levels are very low, but @philbee is right - don't leave it any later to get a treatment in because this is the start of the danger time. The staples in a reasonable hive seem to lose their tang (via the taste test) after a month or so, so we'll be looking at treating again. Beware late in Autumn too - this is where I got really smashed last year on some sites as I became a bit complacent. Re-invasion is very real and can be very nasty. I think that if the staples are a bit wet the solution can effect the bees negatively/kill bees, so dry them off if you need to, on the edge of the pail or the edge of the hive or on your bee-suit/overalls (yes I know I shouldn't but I do). As soon as you think you are on top of the mites give yourself a kick because its right at that time you need to be vigilant. Apologies for the lecture! Just passing on some hard earned lessons. I think @sailabee cracked it with the theory that younger bees can be effected by OA/Gly as their skeleton is so new/soft.
  38. 6 points
    The yard of bees in question was very strong in the spring. We broke it up for nucs and treated evrything with O/A staples. The bees grew like crazy and have excelled themselves as far as making honey is concerned. Some of the hives chewed the staples out quite quickly. I think possibly we should have put more in when supering up, but were still functioning on a synthetic strip mentality of pull the strip, super up and hope like heck they make through the summer. In reality the hives were treatement free for almost three months .....
  39. 6 points
    All my hives have had staples in from Nov/Dec. Oxalic acid is a natural constituent in honey. There is some info here: http://beespoke.info/2014/12/21/summer-oxalic-acid-varroa-treatment/ Previous studies have shown there is no significant increase in oxalic acid levels as a result of oxalic treatments - vapourising etc. As far as I am am concerned, treatment during Summer is one of the most important times of the year to be treating given the high brood production through that period. Low or no mite levels at harvest = healthy hives = no Autumn losses = much happier BK than last Autumn.
  40. 6 points
    As an aside, I think this will be a good year for us as our cost's have dropped dramatically. Phi'ls staples have saved us thousands, the upgrade to copper broadband internet has saved us another pile of dough, while today I got more good news with the McKeowns fuel bill ...... $1.12/litre. The price at the pump was $1.38, but with their card there was more saving. Good on yer guys !
  41. 6 points
    Thing is, this was a very extreme case. I'd like to see some of the less extreme cases be dealt with also. If it's deliberate, and causes pain to others, then it should be prosecutable. Some people have lost tens of thousands of dollars, and even into the 6 figures, due to the pig ignorance of someone else. And no compensation is ever paid cos it can never be proved the guilty party was 100% the cause.
  42. 6 points
    Using other peoples computers to send spam. The botnet is a whole bunch of computers been infected and controlled by someone, and used to attack further computers, in this case to get them to send spam. So the guy running it is wasting every one elses computers and internet data, so he can waste even more peoples time by sending them spam. So he can make some kind of living by wasting thousands of peoples time, resources, and money. These idiots should be sent to Dee Lusbys bee yard and made to work naked.
  43. 5 points
    Ok guys I have attached my costings for my oa/gly treatment, the missus nicely typed it up for me, I just had it scribbled on refill paper, I could probably make it read a bit better but it gives you a indication of what my costs are, some of my concerns with the cardboard are it holds a lot of ingredient for the surface area it provides, and my next strips that I ordered will hold more as they are longer so I think I will somewhat exceed the 18gm per brood box if I use the same amount of strips. But it's work in progress so in a few years I should have it sussed, on a side note I already exceed the 18gm per box in spring to a total of 25.6gm I have seen no harm from this but that may have to do with my placement. Oxalic Acid Glycerine strips costing.pdf Oh if anyone finds issues with my calculations please feel free to judge, I can handle, it was a quick work out, though I gave it a quick proof, i may have missed something
  44. 5 points
    This is an opinion piece, but I will disclose that I am a paid member of NZ Beekeeping Incorporated. I will try to be brief, hopefully this does not mean that I omit too much of my reasoning behind my opinions. - A commodity levy will give ApiNZ an automatic mandate to speak for the industry, and government a yes man to push through policy and regulations that often lack common sense, and input from real beekeepers. - This will mean that small to medium beekeeping enterprises will not get consulted, nor have their views acknowledged, when it comes to industry issues such as regulatory change. - It is clear to me that there is a massive divide between the corporate (often multinational) side of the apiculture industry, and SME's. - I firmly believe that beekeepers need their own independent organisation to represent them to government, separate from packers & marketers (P&M), as we are running unique businesses very different from those packing and exporting bee products. Furthermore I see P&M's influence in decision making affecting SME's they buy products from, as a conflict of interest. - The big P&M's are represented by corporate business people, not commercial beekeepers. - If this commodity levy passes, we will find that beekeeping SME's voices will be stifled to almost nothing. As it is, we are able to make ourselves heard, albeit at a push, and with persistence, through organisations such as NZ Beekeeping Inc. I could go on for days, but to keep your interest I will just list a couple of the achievements of NZ Beekeeping Incorporated: - Having MPI's amended multifloral Manuka definition reverted, bringing a lot of false-non multi Manuka back into the definition. MPI conceded the day before the court date. (ApiNZ did nothing) - Substantial and Informative Submissions, and pressure on MPI, over the GREX Consultation, resulting in many nonsensical and costly regulations being removed from the GREX. (ApiNZ was happy with the original draft document!) I would also like to point out that there is a group of scientists working to have the LEGAL monofloral Manuka definition changed to the SCIENTIFIC definition. In an effort to bring Manuka FALSELY testing as Non Manuka, back into the definition. By MPI's own figures, 19% Manuka is testing as false non-manuka. They have provided robust scientific evidence, but have had their argument repeatedly dismissed by the Minister Damien O'Connor. ApiNZ is not supportive of these scientists. ApiNZ is not operating in the interest of small and medium beekeeping enterprises. Please vote no, so we can find a suitable and considered alternative.
  45. 5 points
    Now that is something I hadn’t thought about ! theres got to be something illegal about anyone other than the owner of the honey having that info surely .
  46. 5 points
    Despite my previous stirring I'm still open minded about this....even though the levy is being struck on a flawed basis (multi/manuka being the same).......BUT Why do we have a situation where your vote count equates to the number of hives you have? How did that decision get arrived at? And why is it that that works to the advantage of the big few? Our most important form of voting in NZ would have to be for Parliament, and that is one person one vote. If you've got an IQ 50 points higher than mine (quite likely I'd venture to say), or $10m in the bank, none of that matters, one person, one vote. Under this approach the larger operators take control. Why is it that one large operator with say 10,000 hives is as important or has the same say as ten operator's with 1,000 hives each? That's actually not right.....IMO.
  47. 5 points
    Over the last few years most of the corporate's have changed hands. I have never known a beekeeping outfit to make money long-term unless the boss knew at least as much about bees as the workers and got stuck in and worked
  48. 5 points
    I’ve been telling anyone who will listen about Phil’s staples I’m pretty excited by them so far.
  49. 5 points
    Actually (blowing trumpet here) it was yours truly who as an FMC Executive got free kids access to Great Walk Huts a few years ago...
  50. 5 points
    Went out today today to put some lead down range and put a few boxes on where need be. The site at the rifle range must know the rain is coming because I had to shoot with a veil on. This Photo is of a double brood with 3 boxes choca and then 3 x 3 frame nuc supers on top. This is what it has come too
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