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  1. 9 points
    Angus and Lowline beef These are our Pedigree Lowline bulls just finished with the cows and heifers .
  2. 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.
  3. 6 points
    I agree with this , although I will add that if you like meat you should be able to afford to eat it . Mine all goes to local market in Auckland which means that if you buy your prime beef from a local butcher or supermarket in the North Island, there is a chance you are eating high quality , respectfully farmed , grass fed beef farmed to the highest environmental and animal welfare standards without the niche price tag , from me. Now it sounds like I’m laying it on a bit thick , but that’s how it is ??
  4. 5 points
    This statement is not supported by the data. Scandata - Total supermarket sales..... Moving Annual Total (MAT) July 2018 volume sales of honey were down 7.1% on a year ago. MAT to November 2018 volume sales of honey are down 5.8% on a year ago. Last quarter sales to November are down 0.5% on same quarter a year ago - the decline appears to be slowing... maybe due to the lower pricing starting to show up in supermarkets. Total annual honey sales in supermarkets - 2,154 tonnes (MAT to November 2018) Per capita consumptionm of honey sold in supermarkets is 450gms. 10 years ago this was 900gms and 20 years ago 1.5kgs. Total Exports this year will be around 7,900 tonnes ( 6,573.4 tonnes to October) Last year 9,635 tonnes. Total production less exports for last 5 years - 65,839 tonnes (2013 - 2018 AsureQuality report and export statistics). Total domestic markets?? I'm going to be really optimistic here and say 5,000 tonnes/yr, leaving a 40,000 tonne surplus from the 66,000 tonnes. 879,758 registered hives (August). 10 year average crop 30.5 kg/hive. Expected average crop for 2019 - 26,800 tonnes. Total supply 40,000 tonnes plus new crop - 67,000 tonnes. Doubling supermarket sales will have a negligible impact on this situation.
  5. 5 points
    There's a growing percentage that like meat, but are trying to reduce their consumption of meat. My view is that there will always be a place for top quality, ethically grown foostuffs that attract a premium. If you only eat meat once or twice a week why not have the best you can?
  6. 5 points
    @M4tt thouses are some good lookin animals. Beauiful condition. They look tasty. Nice yards too
  7. 4 points
    Lovely pic @Alc Light your smoker & suit up. Get gear ready A couple of questions Do you think these bee are from this hive? How much room is there in this hive? Possible suggestions Put a box of heavily waxed frames slightly ajar towards the front of the hive and gently smoke them up into the box. Put a box of heavily waxed frames on a base close as you can to the ‘swarm’ brush down with a soft brush into the top of the frames and then gently smoke into box top sweep, bottom smoke. If you get the queen they should march in . Stop occasionally to see if they are going into the box. Good luck!
  8. 4 points
    We need to sell a solution to a consumer need. Maybe that solution could be pure honey. Syntheic and antibiotic free from one of the most clean and beautiful countries on earth. Appeal to consumers who will pay the privilege of this. We need too tell our story.
  9. 3 points
    Spring, chain and hook is just as effective as strapping and about 100 times quicker. That and four-way pallets would be the greatest advance of beekeeping in my lifetime. I've never been that keen on change and takes something pretty spectacularly good to alter what I've been doing for years. I'll admit it took me a while to get used to pallets but the spring and chain with a hook on the lid was such an amazing advance over anything else I've ever used that I changed every hive over in one winter. Hives on single floors that are protected from stock and properly levelled don't really need anything unless they are exposed to considerable wind and in that case a large rock is both effective and decorative but won't help much with that occasional hive destroyer the earthquake. Any string, strap or tiedown can and eventually will get tangled around your foot and tripping over while carrying a box of honey is not one of life's little joys.
  10. 3 points
    Global production/consumption of Honey is approaching 2 Million Metric Tonnes. NZ produces less than 20,000 metric tones. Less than 1% of global demand. NZ honey has to focus on selling to the higher end of the value/demand chain. We cannot and will con compete with the commodity low end of the market. We have to be smarter with our 20,000 tonnes and maximise the value.
  11. 3 points
    @jamesc i am confident you will find a solution to your mountain of honey. For someone whom was smart enough to pioneer use sniffer dogs to destroy to your afb issue, to the point of not having to burn a single hive this season you will find a way. Just use that same brilliance to sell your honey. You can do it ?
  12. 3 points
    Compensation for AFB hives would be fine if it was only paid to competent beekeepers but then who decides who is competent. The other problem with compensation is all industries have downturns and there have been plenty of times when it was difficult to give hives away let alone sell them and a decent compensation package at these times could easily lead to a remarkable amount of AFB turning up. Personally I would like to see it go the other way with massive fines for those found with robbed out AFB with equally massive fines for unregistered hives to help keep people honest.
  13. 3 points
    Short answer is you cannot simply rock up and purchase pre soaked Staples. If you want Staples to be soaked then you need to arrange for a contractor to do that for you at your request and specification. I can point you to a contractor.
  14. 3 points
    Im not ready to talk about sunshine yet..to afraid we will scare it away. ? Love seeing the bees busy, having something else to do than sting me. They can be moody in bad weather. Still checking for swarming. They are still trying. Noticing more hives with varroa in drone brood and some PMS. So am going to treat the lot. Philbees Stapes trail are only early days however I am going to pump them all with Philbee Staples EP Thins I think. I like them easy to insert. It will be a good test for them in stong hives in full swing.
  15. 3 points
    Back on topic. It looks like most of the country's experiencing good weather today, so the bees should be making the most of it and getting out and about.
  16. 3 points
    @Matt I really like your dairy farming updates and insights I think a lot of beekeepers are also very interested in what’s going on in the farming industry beekeeping and farming have a lot in common. I hope you keep posting about it
  17. 3 points
    Tree on the left got the party invite, is at the party, and is in fact the life of the party. Tree on the right got the invite, undecided, probably have a quiet New Years. Taken from the entrance to Ecrotek's Auckland office/warehouse.
  18. 3 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.
  19. 3 points
    @M4tt Alittle off topic. Sorry to hear about the reduction forecast in payout. I can not beleive fonterra is considering sell it icecream business to reduce debt. That makes no sense, tiptop is a goldmine since it basically sells branded air. Just goes to show how dumb the strategy in fonterra really is. I know they have to much debt, however sell what got you into debt not the crown jewels. Just because they can get a good price for it. This just futher weakens fonerra longterm.
  20. 2 points
    Natural honey might be stretching it for one of two of those countries.
  21. 2 points
    it's good to have publicly funded hospitals and policing eh. Tax policy is easy to criticise, and it's easy to identify edge-cases that appear crazy, but I challenge most people out there to successfully design something better. Some of the fiercest critics of tax are also the fiercest critics of any slip-ups in public services struggling for public funding...
  22. 2 points
    for a few years while i was playing poker for a living and had plenty of free time, I was able to enjoy meat while sticking to a rule of only eating hunted animals/fish or animals from farms i knew. I have less time now, so have adjusted that a little, but that's still somewhat my go-to. Pre-poker i didn't eat white land animal meat that wasn't free-range, but was happy eating good nz red meat as most of the animals have a fairly good grazing life until it's their time to become food. Not so sure about the rise in grain-fed beef from sheds in NZ, i think it should be criminal, as a result i eat less store bought red meat. edit: I also think that anyone who wouldn't be comfortable killing and cutting up an animal shouldn't be allowed to eat it. As for anyone who gets upset by meat being described as dead animals, if they eat meat then they should be fair game too
  23. 2 points
    Thanks for that @Emissary, so the figures are actually a guesstimate! Essentially no one knows how much honey is produced in NZ.
  24. 2 points
    I was a teacher, I kinda like data, it tells you stuff, sometimes it validates something you already knew, other times it surprises you and you learn from it and it changes your thinking and your actions. The other her problem with data is that everybody uses it in a different way. Data can also be used in a way that highlights areas that people want highlighted. Im curious about how Honey data is collected. Thing is it doesn’t come from the harvest decs, cos they’re all about boxes, some of those boxes could be half full or chockablock. So can someone tell me where this data comes from? I’ve never been asked how much honey our business produces by any official ever. I know what our apiary averages are and our overall average, but I’m the only one. I know that I provide weights when it’s sold. So who shares the data. Can the honey marketers tell us if they provide data to MPI for their data?
  25. 2 points
    Im not sure what part of the country you’re looking at, but going by the weather over the last three weeks just about everywhere has been less than ideal. Wet, windy and temperatures well below usual for beekeeping at this time of the year.
  26. 2 points
    @Alc I might be totally wrong with this, but I would offer them a box or two to relocate to if they want. Maybe baited with lemongrass oil if you have some. Place the box right beside that hive and perhaps leave the lid half off so they can get in quickly. It could be a swarm that hasnt had a chance to scout a location yet, but was forced to go because of hatchings. If its not a swarm, and you don't disturb them too much, they might just go home. good luck.(and keep us posted) and pay more attention to Bron, she knows what she is doing.
  27. 2 points
    In a decreasing value market, decreasing volume creates a decreasing total value. All are going down. Unless you provide some data and its source, you are simply provding annecdotes supporting your preferred belief system. This does not help us. In the past supermarket sales have been surveyed (3 that I know of) to be 77-88% of consumers' purchases of honey. The data is what is available. I used simple arithmetic to process it. The data and I have no "opinion". It is what it is. You on the other hand provide no source data, and no calculations... yet say this information is "full of holes". If honey in jars is not the largest volume, then something else is larger. Care to share and substantiate that claim with some data? The 2019 crop is predicted by multiplying the hive numbers by the average production per hive. MPI don't "suggest" anything. The data is derived from the apiary register, and are understated ( hands up those that are declaring more hives than they have) and AsureQuality's annual crop assessments. The trouble with now stating that these "aren't right" is that in the past the numbers would have put us into negative stock.... an impossibility. Quoting "some packers" as though this will make the surplus go away overlooks the whole picture. The exports this year are down 20% on last year. The domestic packed honey sales in supermarkets are down on last year. The biggest issue is our hive numbers and the crop they now produce. We have produced over 30 kgs/hive in 12 out of the last 16 years with a high of 40.7 kg/hive in 2003 (and 40.8 in 1994) Conditions are now looking excellent across the country.
  28. 2 points
    The answer to that is easy. MPI Manuka honey definition combined with greater international competition at lower prices for non Manuka honey. Result is uncompetitive honey surplus. If the price of non Manuka Honey drops to $4 then you sell it all. If the growth hive numbers is aimed largely at Manuka harvesting then the surplus growth is not necessarily going to grow at the same pace. If NZ beekeepers cannot produce at the same price as international producers then new premium markets need to be developed for non Manuka honey types.
  29. 2 points
    I do not like that graph. Every time i see that exponential growth on a chart it is followed by a steep decline
  30. 2 points
    My personal opinion: We have subsidies for agriculture which stimulate all but agriculture, it looks as stimulating to produce less or pretend to produce anything and get money for it.. There should be zero subsidies and help agriculture industry in other ways.. I am not in any politic party nor I am willing to join any, this is my free thinking, well mostly that left to me - beside couple barrels of honey and pile of hazelnuts not yet sold even I desperately need a money - I just said ENOUGH, rather it will rot than sell it for nickle and others laugh at my misery.. Forgot, to someone don't overlook, this I talk about my place not for New Zealand..
  31. 2 points
    Yes , I did a couple of bulk purchases and got a good price so everyone now gets a Pail opener or 4 depending on how many beeks in the crew
  32. 2 points
  33. 2 points
    Only a few brands are successful and over the next few years the numbers of brands will consolidate. Everyone thinks they know how to create a brand. Every year many try and most fail. Creating a jar of honey with your own label is a million miles away from actually creating a brand.
  34. 2 points
    I'm not concerned at all if it does. Food is food and we all need feeding . I view fake meat as just another alternative food source , and if you like it, then why not. Much like C4 honey. It’s probably very nice ? Realistically though, there are a growing percentage of the population who don’t like and won’t eat meat. I have no problem with that. Meat is meat . Fake meat is something else. A bit like apples versus a muesli bar
  35. 2 points
    Those porter escape are not overly good. 4 per board are required for efficient clearing. I have got rid of all my Porter escapes. I like these https://www.ecrotek.co.nz/product/8-way-round-escape-bare
  36. 2 points
    strapping straps. We bit the bullet a few years ago and bought a whole heap of Aerofast webbing ratchet straps. I can now sleep easy during a howling Nor'Wster. I do notice though that after five years some are starting to fade and rot. By comparison, we bought hives from a respected Ashburton Beeman a few years ago and all his hives were strapped with home made steel hooks and seatbelt webbing. The webbing must be ten years old plus and still as strong as.
  37. 2 points
    Talking about that stuff, the figure I've been hearing of what it costs to run a commercial hive these days is $400 a year. I know my own costs are a lot less than that, i don't even drive a cruiser LOL. I'm thinking people just spend that kind of money, because they can. Maybe now with lower honey prices, they can't. Instead of wracking up costs moving hives here and there to get a wee bit more super expensive honey, and other expensive practices, people may hunker down, produce less, and spend less.
  38. 2 points
    go for as much Honey as you possibly can using what available resources you have without incurring more costs than you can afford Put it in the shed.
  39. 2 points
    The land owner likes comb honey so she got a plateful.
  40. 2 points
    When I started paying attention to bees, I was amused at the collection style when it came to poppies. A bee would do about 4-5 circuits at speed in the stamen area, getting coated in pollen, then flying off...
  41. 2 points
    Strapping your hives nice and tight means a simple job of standing them up next visit.. in this case the bulls broke into this paddock unknown to the farmer. A rock on a lid has a fairly different outcome..
  42. 2 points
    Hi @GoED will certainly do some close up observation to see what coloured pollen is being collected. The bees prize poppy pollen greatly as can be seen by their frantic activity to get their share. I always imagine there might be some opioid effect that makes it so sort after. I plant a fair chunk of my garden in them especially as there is a dearth round here in November before the flow starts. Unfortunately I just collect the seed from year to year so not entirely sure of the variety. I might still have a receipt from when I brought the seeds from kings originally will see what I can find. Won’t be able to get back to you till after the weekend. The pollen collected by this bumble bee shows similarities to the colours of mid grey/blue
  43. 2 points
    hi, I've got a bunch of hives that I've just moved into flowering manuka, they're already around 4 stack (yes, fun to move). the top boxes on all of them are around half filled with bush/clover, none capped. the box below also partially filled with top third capped. Id like a clean seperation so i dont dilute the manuka, and of course Id like the bees to get cracking on the manuka:-) Ive heard if you put an empty super (no frames) below a box and it causes the bees to switch to robbing mode and pull the honey down. Im thinking this is a possible way to get the bees to finish off box 3 and leave box 4 nice and clean for the manuka. Has anyone tried this? if so, how effective is it and how long does it take? if it works, it sounds like a useful way to clean up half filled honey supers in autumn so I can do treatments as well thanks! and heres a happy bee on clover before the move
  44. 1 point

    Version 1.2


    A Summary of the OA/GL Staples Thread.
  45. 1 point
    The current system is fine.
  46. 1 point
    Put 5 thins per strong box. You will need to go 6-8 weeks if the mite cycle is in full swing. The Staples will nail the mites but remember that the Brood will be full of mites as Im guessing these are the hives that werent treated this Spring. If any of the hives are really bad bring in the heavy hitters (EP Wides)
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  48. 1 point
    The reality is that the consumption of honey is growing in both supermarket chains. The growth rate exceeds that of jam.
  49. 1 point
    How can you say Intelligent Reasoning and IRD in the same post.
  50. 1 point
    I think we've had better weather than most of the country. We've had a good mixture of sunshine and rain in our region, which has started the clover to flower well.
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