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  1. So this honey will join the mountains in the shed awaiting the right price, am I right?
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  2. Pulled a heavy load of honey off coast bees last week. Just hanging out for the sun in Canterbury.... Tipped 30 ml of rain out of the guage this morning.
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  3. Dreaming Big. Mr Boot has asked several times for my marketing strategy for selling honey to the world. In the the predawn quiet of mid winter a gentle snow falls in the foothills of New Zealands Southern Alps. The log burner simmers. The coffee brews . And the old kitchen is lit by the glow of the computer screen that allows me to communicate with the world..... google searching trails of names and jobs and connections that unearth people of influence in far flung corners of the world. It is that quiet time of reason and thought .....
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  4. How politically incorrect is the name "Blackbutt"? Think a name change could be called for? e.g. Eskimo Pies...
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  5. Perendales are not top shelf sheep . They always seem to prefer the neighbours winter feed paddocks. But back to milking sheep. ...... you need lotsa milk per. sheep .... they say it's good for many skin conditions ..... excma, psoriasis ...... add a little honey dew and every lady in town can become a Cleopatra.
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  6. R Perendales top shelf sheep? Would that have a premium built into the end price (the soap that is)? Or would honey or beech dew fed Perendales be a good idea for the table?
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  7. I have half a dozen of the neighbours poking Perendales...... but a guy down the road milks sheep ..... we pollinated his radishes for nothing last summer ...... we might have a chat ...eh.
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  8. Ah yes, I have a dream ..... While trolling through the net in the early hours of this morning, somehow, somewhere I came across a facebook post. It was put up by the lady who bought our North Island base camp a few months ago. The comment was that Beekeepers had owned the house previously and left honey ..... I left a box of a dozen Honey Dew as a house warmer. She made it into Sheeps milk soap. Must've been talking to Daly.
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  9. I am glad it's Ted, cos the hound popped up & I couldn't delete it. Obviously Ted knew he was meant to be here. Hope that doesn't mean there's AFB on the forum site. He's v persistent & refused to be removed
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  10. We know there are overseas markets that are prepared to pay megabucks for what they perceive to be the absolute best in active manuka; and willing to pay for "gold" lidded jars with spoons etc, but there are a huge amount of people who can't afford this. Surely there is a market place for lower active manuka. Maybe with Covid and lack or decrease of earning capacity of much of the world's population we will see a demand for lower activity in manuka, or maybe just manuka analysed with only a pollen count. Or maybe NZ honey's in general. Maybe that is why some beekeepers are fin
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  11. The sugars make the gutbacteria more efficient at utilizing low quality feed.
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  12. There is absolutely NO downside if Uncle Ted buys my honey ..... at a price that is a fair reward for the effort that went into producing it. It embarrasses the crap out of me to have to tell the staff that there is either no work over the winter because I can't afford to pay them ... or those who work on essential services within the operation will have to take a 20% drop in wages ..... The reality is that the money saved on not paying wages for two months over the winter is not a vast amount in the big scheme of things ..... but when staff show up for work they need to be gainfu
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  13. Or I guess i could just play possum.
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  14. Nothing so grand as that ..... it was a sample shipment ....the customer didn't baulk at our asking price and asked to see it for herself and make a decision based of taste and texture and customer feedback. Early days but a step in the right direction.
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  15. OK .... Tonight I have been in deep thought about selling honey ..... and after a few comments last night, and after reading a post today from the Green mussel man ..... I had a thought. Bruce tried it last year with the Co Op . We have made no progress, and we have made no headway .....and to go for a full year with no progress is essential a regress. So .... I am looking for expressions of interest to form a Honey Collective. The goal is to sell honey that is light in colour and low in MGO that generates a return to the producer that will keep them a
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  16. @Trevor Gillbanks already hates the govt. so much he might get one for free and give it to @Stoney ?
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  17. short answer NO as soon as you get a rmp you will hate the government
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  18. I said I was gonna park this Post .... But ..... back in the day it wasn't like wool wasn't selling, it just wasn't selling at the right price. We haven't talked to 'our' buyer for three seasons. Even if I had wanted to dump it he was too polite to say what he thought it was worth ..... The catch is, when we were selling bulk honey for $9/kg, customers were buying it. What's changed ? The Manuka Standard ? Nah, most of our honey went overseas, and they don't give a fig about NZ's Standard. I guess our customers found something cheaper ..... but as good .... ques
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  19. Yep .... Ridden a few miles with Cliff ..... a bunch of us went down south one time to Arrowtown. He passed me on the way home in his old Mtzi ute, uphill on the Lindis pass, towing two horses . Good truck that Mitzi ! And yes , he'd know a thing or two about knowing when to hold 'em, and when to fold 'em. We are all individuals with individual circumstances .... but dare I say it , generally team work wins the day. And that comes from someone who was never a team player.
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  20. I've been in communication with my overseas buyer today ..... first time in many years, so that is a good start...... but I am wondering what Uncle @Ted puts in his humble pie , because if I sell my crops .... I'm gonna need some of that pie to give me the energy to get out of bed !
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  21. Fascinating video ..... the most interesting part was the thought process after watching it, so I watched it again. We are being told to buckle down and accept low prices for our product because we need to match what China is putting out into the market .... but watch again ..... harvesting royal jelly in building s with mud floors, no white overalls, hairnets, gloves , dog walking in the door ..... need I go on ?
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  22. Pork labeling is an interesting scenario. We import a lot. Yes, some of it is labeled NZ Pork. But there are some cunning labeling ploys e.g." NZ Mum's night out - cook pork." This is deceptive for many because it doesn't say that the pork isn't NZ produced. My take on this labeling, is that it is not NZ produced. It is playing on hurry purchase without thinking.
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  23. Yes, for wax moth eggs. If you don't use the frames until later on in the season, still good to use. I have had a monster water rat in a compost heap. I think it might be a sick unit now - each a.m. last 5 days - a talon tablet
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  24. Bagged up all the poly frames yesterday into airtight plastic bags, then stuck them in the freezer for 48 hrs
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  25. Yeah nah .... you are right Frazz. We had a call from our packers down the road, looking for white honey, didn't matter whether it was clover , kamahi, or rata .... price offered between 3 and 4, subject to sample To be honest, and non offence to you Peter, but I can't even be bothered to walk over to the shed and find some samples. On the same front, our overseas buyer was mulling over our white honey , but hasn't come back, and that was mid Covid. So yes, the demand isn't there, either domestic or overseas . I think I'm gonna park all this worry about hon
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  26. Hi Mischief - It's a bit difficult for a sole operator to do everything in the business. The outfits I know that are very good at selling direct to the consumer, the markets were developed decades ago and those markets need a lot of attention, and those outfits still sell a lot of bulk to packers. Some have to bring in other family to help direct sales, others contract other aspects of the beekeeping business out. Many beekeepers, just focus on producing product to sell in bulk to packers - that's what they know and that's what they are comfortable with. Marketing, packing ,website, bureau
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  27. Hmmm ..... we ate the last of the rice last night, along with the old cow that got caught in the fence .....what next Kimosahbe ?
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