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  1. 5 points
    This site in the Waikato (Between Putaruru and Hamilton), as it usually does, performed very well on spring flow with the bees filling their second brood box with honey....then the big dry hit. 50 hives 10 FD boxes of honey I am not concerned though, the bees are healthy and there in good population size and heaps of food (at the moment) for winter. Over in Waihi our bees are using fruit fall for their carbohydrate supply.
  2. 4 points
    That's what I used to do, pour into a kinked hose and blow into entarne and unkink, poof problem gone. Today's load, the old girl still pumping the loads home
  3. 3 points
    thats why its called a poor mans tax.
  4. 3 points
    My honeys all in the drum. Finished. Average volume, nice flavour and middling colour. Now time to make top splits and requeen poor producers. Imagine robbing is going to be an issue so speed is the word
  5. 3 points
    If you have structured your honey production company so that it relys on $10/$15 a kg for dew and/or bush blend. Haven't worked hard to develop relationships with buyers. Are running a high input/cost operation that you cant cut back. Are running massive debt. Came in to the industry with little or no knowledge. Then you are at least somewhat responsible for your own situation if things are getting tough. There are some buyers out there who are ruthless but I wasnt really meaning that. Supply and demand means that at certain times different people have the power. It used to be the producers now it is the packers and as a buyer said to me recently "those who own the market own the industry". You can spend your time and energy getting angry about the situation and breaking down why we are here or get started finding a way to work through things and thrive.
  6. 3 points
    Uhuh well there’s no point living on the memories of yesterday, reality of today is today..
  7. 3 points
    While it's very interesting to hear what people think is happening/happened in the industry to get us to this situation that wasnt really what I was asking. I also have discussed and debated the reasons behind why we are where we are and disappointing as it may be it is what it is at least for a while. Really I'm wondering if honey, including manuka is actually moving. I talk to a lot of beekeepers and what I am hearing is....some corporates are not buying until March, clients have generally had an average to very good year, some small amounts of manuka have been sold, people with large volumes in storage of multi, mono and different types are struggling to shift it ( they say at any price but who really has a for sale sign with 'any price' on it?) To my mind with a lot of buyers also being large producers I would expect two things to happen. Firstly they will hold off buying until they know what they have (and it sounds like a lot of good stuff at this stage). Secondly they will wait until beekeepers get desperate so that they can get what they need as cheaply as possible. As an aside it always used to be that no one was buying af this stage of the season until they found out what was out there, and buyers didnt want to be the first to jump and set the price. Guess we are back to those days.
  8. 2 points
    Must be time to call it a day ‘n’ check the lucky ticket eh!
  9. 2 points
    My guess. Market founded on a myth. New myths have replaced it. Maybe acai berries or diluted water or something To clarify. How many NZ beekeepers would tell friends or family it's worth paying $200 a kg for health benefits compared with $15 a kg for NZ bush blend. That should answer the myth or not question
  10. 2 points
    What's noticable, stuff all commercials sharing here. They look but hardly comment. Yip, because you're hedging on your wintered hives surviving, a good spring, Queens in hand and keeping your smaller split hives alive. Edgy stuff, very much pulse checking
  11. 2 points
    This is what I have, it is available to general public and delivered nationwide. https://www.flybusters.co.nz/shop/DIY-Pest-Control-Services/DIY_Cockroach/Permex+Insect+Dust+2kg.html
  12. 1 point
    About spraying wasps.. sometimes I had problems with huge nests of hornets ( in the attic). I noticed that when I use Manual Knapsack Sprayer the hornets think it is a rain and all stick to a nest without trying to attack unaware of danger.. Now when I have problem with them I use the same without any bee clothes, sometimes in shorts - maybe I am too confident.. Could same work for the wasps..
  13. 1 point
    Why.... why not. It’s always gd to meet the customer face to face. Sit down over a cup of tea and communicate. when u next communicate vis phone or email it sort of brings the whole thing alive. And besides, as Old Mate used to keep reminding me ....’ it’s all tax deductible’ Anyway , anyone get lucky in lotto?
  14. 1 point
    Aussies are ######ed, be just about no manuka left after all the fires next few seasons be next to no Kanuka for them Takes passion alright, I'm running 650 by myself with a hand or 2 for honey off but mostly it's just me and it's hard yakka. Last honey payment was in September, I'm in overdraft and had to borrow 13,500 for my first lot of extraction but hopefully I get payed for my first lot of manuka by the end of the week so I can keep on running otherwise I might lose enthusiasm.
  15. 1 point
    Lawyer was probably asked to maximise short.term income and minimise inconvenience. Those signing such contracts were gambling. The whole point of gambling is uncertainty of outcome. Hope the person signing (and without beekeepers signing up it couldn't have happened) who is the person responsible for screwing everyone else over gets pursued to the limit if they are in breach of contract Then again, post.reflection, sucks if they signed a contract under the old manuka standard that became untenable under the new, and fairly unpredictably changed rules
  16. 1 point
    Our thinking is to keep a core operation of 1000 hives going through the winter. That gives us scope to make many more in the spring if we want to, and if not, the gear stays in the shed.Two of us can run a thousand hives with a bit of sweat. To run it down to 500 and then rely on splitting to make up n umbers that will be strong enough to hit a honey flow won't work every year. You need early splits and good yards. Much as I like the the idea of making autumn splits to plonk down on duds in the spring, they need to be made in January, and we are too busy or too b.......d to be bothered, then you loose a few over winter, so make them in the spring. At the end of the day you need passion and enthusiasm to make it all work ..... knowing that you may or mayn't receive a pay check at the end of the season for all your hard graft.
  17. 1 point
    That’s true, there is work involved the point I was making is as keepers of the bee we are able to manipulate to suit our requirements as we need.. more hives make splits etc being able to roll with the flow is important if acted on. There’s many things outside of your control but there’s still plenty of changes you can make to help get the results required. If you always do what you’ve always done you always get what you always got is a saying that springs to mind. Edit to add.. I was in Mainfreight last week picking something up they had a painted quote on the wall... with passion great things can be achieved. I like that.
  18. 1 point
    It's hardly ever been a producers market. Just recently. And gone again. We used to have regular buyers, for our 5 buck honey, that was ok. Now you're like a street vendor. I don't reckon. It's actually harder. Involves moving a lot of gear- labour/storage intensive. And a flip of thinking. But your material input is lowered. And spring management streamlined/focused. And probably higher risk.
  19. 1 point
    multiple times both you and I have made posts about Permex (see below for typical one), so you've already done more than your share... it makes sense for clubs/groups to purchase together, in much the same way as our group does composite Tutin testing in groups of 5 or that we have three manual extractors that we rent for $20 per week. Saves money, that can be spent on other things (like beer).
  20. 1 point
    Yes. That is what I am using. I just could not find their site last night. I must be getting old.
  21. 1 point
    Being able to adapt is critical, downsizing hives is just as simple as increasing them, restructuring etc needs to happen in real time .. no point just talking about it make it happen. I think the guys that bought land over the last few yrs may be finding it tough. Especially if the product is not to standards. You have to meet the market, if the price has changed then that’s just farming, take it or leave it.. highs and lows..
  22. 1 point
    Great info Chris, inexpensive also.
  23. 1 point
    I’ve found cat meat , tuna, salmon, fresh kahawai etc useless compared to fresh meat, hare rabbit and venison seem irresistible. I might give vespex a crack once I have some income.. at the mo I’ll be running the budget method.. I need to get stuck into them before they spew out their queens.
  24. 1 point
    Maybe some were but I’ve never had a conversation with one along those lines. If a good price is offered I’ll take it, I have a business to run and family to provide for. I’ll do it you a few drums for $3kg, it’s great for blending with meat marinades..
  25. 1 point
    not farms but do have some gated subdivisions that have them. pain in the butt having to get codes or sometimes the gates simply do not work at all. if farms had them they would never work. if they can't fix or install a normal gate properly them they never going to get an electric gate to work.
  26. 1 point
    Do any of the farms you go to have electric gates where you just point a remote at them and they open ? I think I would like one of those .
  27. 1 point
    John, that's some very broad and damming accusations there,which we would all love to see/hear proof of, if there was/is criminal behavior then let the authorities know. My many meetings over the years of being in bee politics with MPI have shown me there complete ineptitude at most things. They change hands and direction every election cycle, they don't decide direction, that comes from the ministers which are of equal ineptitude. MPI just make happen good or bad that what a minister decides is their pet project/decision. Every mtg we have with them, apart from a couple of the head people, there is a new bunch of underlings that we have to repeat everything again to bring them up to speed before we can progress the conversations. I doubt they would know what to do with a bribe. But you seem to be in the know so lets have the goss and go to the police.
  28. 1 point
    It's a product called Dust 2 Dust, made by Key Industries. However you have to be an approved handler to buy it. But it's essentially talcum powder embossed with permethrin. Carbaryl is not approved for this type of application, and also is heavy, it does not work well in the blower. You can get in garden centres and hardware stores similar insecticidal powders, but only in small quanities but certainly enough in a pack to kill several wasp nests. The blower is just a battery powered Makita blower with an attachment for the powder that is sold by Key Industries, anyone can buy and it's a great tool for killing wasp nests even in difficult positions.
  29. 1 point
    Oh yes quite right John. What I meant, was if no robbing, AFB would not be spread to neighbouring beekeepers. But of course, within a beekeepers own hives, the primary means of transmition will often be by the beekeeper transfering infected equipment, as you say.
  30. 1 point
    That would have been comfrey you were collecting- one of Claudes favourites hence the name Comvita. Comfrey/Vitality.
  31. 0 points
    Ah, lotto. Been thinking, somebody going to win 42 million. But not sure i approve, on the basis that 42 million came from somewhere. Where? All those desperate people in South Auckland who see it as their last chance. But just get creamed of the little they have left.
  32. 0 points
    Tell that to Parker next time he eyes up Fury
  33. 0 points
  34. 0 points
    There's 2 things about that. First, people talk about buyers / packers like they are some kind of evil beings doing their best to screw the life out of beekeepers and force them to sell at the lowest possible price. Maybe there's some like that i don't know, but can say that the one i deal with is attempting to do his best for the beekeepers he deals with. But a buyers back is also against the wall. If someone down the road is selling at $3, the other guy cannot pay $7 cos he's going to be stuck with it and eventually make a loss. A totally different matter though, manuka honey not selling. Back when diluted product was being sold, huge tonnages of "manuka" were leaving the country. So when the standard came in, my thought was that there's going to be a lot less manuka, therefore it will be in even higher demand. But the reverse has happened. As i see it there can only be 2 reasons. 1. the reputation of manuka has already been so damaged that the big spenders in China and elsewhere have lost interest in buying it, or 2. Aussie is making large quantities and swamping the market. Or a combination of the two.
  35. 0 points
    I was talking to a commercial Manuka producer on the weekend. He has several tons of mid to high range Manuka and has not been able to sell any for 18 months. Life is tough, even when sitting on a comparative fortune. It is not much use if no one wants to buy it.
  36. 0 points
    Agreed ..... we have a similar system ..... each time I use it I have a thought that I need to mark the blow end as a H&S protocol.
  37. 0 points
    Only if the cat meat is still on the cat and the cat has fleas..
  38. 0 points
    I was thinking more palms of the hands or soles of the feet.. I’m thinking there’s never any mozzies landing on you with dose rates like that... i used to use a length of 15mm alkathene and an old tin of carbaryl , stick one end in the tin to load then blow a puff at the nest entrance.. maybe that’s why I have to shave my palms..
  39. 0 points
    Very well paid work that .
  40. -1 points
    Da missus tells me one billion dollar was spent on lotto tonight ....
  41. -2 points
    A few years ago a leaflet appeared in my letterbox. There was a lady (I'm pretty sure I know who was responsible) up the street who had an issue with bees visiting a flowering bush in her garden. So she took it upon herself to write up a little pamphlet giving a recipe for water, sugar, honey, and fiprinol, and walk around in the middle of the night putting it in several hundred neighbourhood letterboxes. Just so that in her mind, she could be a good neighbour and advise any like minded people how to deal with troublesome bees. There may be a lot of people mixing up poison home brews, who are making and using it in a safe manner, even though illegal. However we have to have laws, because of the 10% idiots.
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