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  1. @Nuc_man The general.public has no idea how bad the situation is for a lot of commercial beeks without pollination contracts . They are still caught up in the licence to print money for manuka , all beeks are rich , media stuff from.a couple of yrs ago . I expain the situation to my friends , they are largely unaware of whats going on ..
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  2. The income from sales then comes into the tax net so they can clip the ticket on the way through.
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  3. You could send some rain up North ?️ Cats do arch their backs ?
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  4. no idea. The scientific effort has gone up as well as the temperature since then and many have switched sides as more information came to hand. It is not about being right or wrong nor losing face, it is just what it is and as more information is uncovered, we often learn how much we'd didn't actually know. Right now all the information is pointing one way and media are spinning it out a good deal further. To then use previous mistakes or U turns against all science / scientists, as some have, isn't very smart. We have come along way since bleeding people to death to get rid of infec
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  5. we got a little bit of mono last season. Had more non Manuka and multi than mono though. none of our mono had a high NPA it was mostly only just a 5 or in the 4’s We eventually sold all our honey but it took a lot of phone calls and talking to a lot of different people we had never sold honey to in the past. None of our regular buyers were interested in any of it. The Manuka market has changed there’s no longer the clamour to buy honey and we feel very fortunate we were able to sell. prices ranged from $5kg for our non Manuka up to $24 for a our best honey with mo
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  6. We on this forum don't hear about Manuka sales. We discuss bush/pasture. Maybe the mono M beeks are still getting solid prices or maybe not... Have you considered approaching the local paper? It's a start. Get community support. Sometimes the local info goes national. Get @jamesc and a few others involved. Did you sell a lot of hives/nucs over the years? Was that a larger part of revenue What prices did you sell your crop for previously? Was it over 6-7? If you get 6-7 how might your business move forward?
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  7. In today's ODT. This day in 1939. Seems like history is repeating itself but no mention of climate change at that time.
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  8. Seed coatings include many products that are not insecticides or fungicides - the main pesticides used. Most common are fertiliser coatings, but some seeds are coated in lubricants to ensure even sowing. Colours are often added to seed coatings to deter birds from eating the seeds and make the seed attractive to buyers - YES. Here is a sale brochure from a NZ seed coater. You will note there is no mention of any pesticide. http://www.seedinnovations.co.nz/assets/PRODUCTS/FILM COAT LIQUIDS WEB.pdf One discussion item I missed above about this research which sort
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  9. i go with birds and dragon flys also go after thwm
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  10. I think it has to do with the weather conditions on their mating flights. Birds or other things may like them. I do not know.
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  11. # 6 or 7 per kg would be sustainable maybe shy away from growth ...sustainable would suit me to the ground I dont need to be rich just cover wages and associated beekeeping costs is all I ask for. Even in the hay days of the past few years as a non manuka producer the money went back into bees to keep up with regulations rmp... On the bright side the sun is shinning today...lol Still working off the xmas belly . I looking around every corner under every rock trying to find bigger pants.
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  12. We sold our pasture at 4.50. also lots of calls and all sold to a new buyer for us, which we hope will continue. It's a low price, though we can take it as our income is mainly pollination.
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  13. To me most of these climate changing ideas are also about saving $ - grow your own fruit & veges, make your own compost, I don't use the expensive Selwyn District Council rubbish and organic bins cos it would cost me an extra $500 p.a. - once a fortnight we put out a $2.50 rubbish bag, have hunter gatherer friends and family which enables just buying meat on special, buy as little processed food as possible (reading the ingredient label on mayonnaise is enough to put you off for life), this year for Christmas I got a heap of home bake and home made goodies all usable and yummy, got the ch
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  14. Hi, yes I have used some and they do work, when I've used them I have loaded the smoker normally and then added pellets later when already hot and needing to refuel, but since it never rains in the Bay of Plenty there is always heaps of dry matter on the ground that is easier to use. Particuarly olive tree leaves on the path to the garage that I never sweep; except for gathering smoker fuel. So, generally I have a sack of this in an old chook tucker bag and I prefer that it is faster burning and easier to light. If I was a commercial and needed to run a big smoker all day, then I think the woo
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  15. I don’t think anyone in Delhi, Bangkok, London etc cares what we are doing in our own backyards to “ fight climate change” When you stand on a pedestrian over bridge in Bangkok and can hardly breathe because of the fumes or see a river in Bali that is a seething mass of bank to bank plastic and rubbish it really brings it home how puny any attempt we make here really is. Which is not to say don’t do it, it will help keep our own country cleaner but it’s naive ,in my opinion, to think it will make any difference globally.
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  16. if you say so, but obviously the whole world would be better off if the whole world did it and that starts with each of us doing what we can do within in our own sphere. If we don't care, why should anyone else?
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  17. That is the difference between climate and weather - climate is the long game, weather is the short one, and because we are a small dot of land all by ourselves in the middle of a lot of water, NZ is one of the harder countries in the world to forecast the weather for.
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  18. Hi Trevor - I have never stated that everyone who does not agree with me on climate change is an idiot. . I think it is good to have discussion on different viewpoints
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  19. Morning Negative Nancy.... I really only see one option for going forward .... an advertising blitz to highlight the problem and get people to buy local... honey puffs for breakie, honey sammy for lunch.... mead in the evening.... The health food of champions.... and we we all want to be champions ... right? Crowd funding page for the industry to get rolling.....
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  20. Global Warming is causing our Climate to Change, it is that simple. How can you you see a conspiracy in that? You have got to change your news sources. You can rant with half truths about Greta and Climate Activists going to conferences, but try to stick to the facts- the science is is undeniable, Human Activity is causing the earth to warm dramatically, which is causing our Climate to change dangerously.
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  21. "Science was then considered dehumanizing in English public schools, and for dabbling in chemistry Darwin was condemned by his headmaster", a quote from a biography on Darwin. If Darwin were alive today, he would hold Human Induced Climate Change Deniers in the same contempt that he held the Religious Establishment at the time. Crazy that you would use Darwin to support your argument. I hope you don't base all your decisions in life on backing the 3%, over the 97%- it isn't a winning formula!
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  22. I think the people that came on in the boom could face trouble, particularly if they have major debt. Those prior to the boom have had a chance to diversify. Varroa was an example of forcing beekeepers to diversity to create alternative income and cut costs, and some of these people who diversified within the industry then will be fine, as those who have a mortgage free roof over their heads. Maybe we will see, once again, boutique honeys appearing e.g. a friend has a really good crop of fuchsia! These boutique honeys seemed to have disappeared over the last few years.
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  23. For sure Don.... we are working on the problem and in the final stages of raising some venture capital to allow us tomove foreward. The new year is full of promise...?
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  24. Interesting you say that. I was thinking a lot of religious types will be prepared to accept and endorse scientific evidence of climate change but totally reject scientific evidence of evolution.
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  25. Nothing at all will happen about climate change one way or the other as long as at least half the world's population believes in an afterlife and don't care about this one.
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  26. I like that article.... ‘A boutique persuit of the gentleman apiarist.... who spends his dsys working his bees.... and nights perusing Bee forums...’ I know some people like that.
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  27. I have just realised I misread Ted's post. I thought he was talking about the Netherlands! Ha ha ha!
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  28. People being shot at run faster on average than people that aren't. This makes them fitter and by definition healthier at least until they get hit.
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  29. Sorry @ChrisM That is so funny.
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  30. So I'm thinking crunch time is upon me ####load of hives bit of honey coming in good quality clover , poss 5-7$ kg? 3.50-5$? If wanted at all? 3.5 -5 game over 6-7 might have a chance Not wanted - game over... 4th generation beekeeper I thought to myself over 100 years in the family game and it might end with me? Tough times ahead? Tough times now.... I'm with @jamesc the problem needs advertising must be going to get serious very soon ? I'm a proactive beekeeper queens,nucs,pollen,honey,venom, proplas ,pollination but
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  31. Aqua blue, pretty pink, lemon yellow. The colours vary depending on who coated them . Bush burn or rye/ clover mix is basically sweepings and left over seed that is collected , mixed up and sold.
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