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  1. Explanation - someone’s making good money and it ain’t the beekeepers...
  2. @Grant how do I do that - or do you have to do it? also can I edit the advert once posted?
  3. Oh right... so I submitted it and got a success message back, but now the whole thing has vanished - is it awaiting approval? Can I edit after submitting?
  4. Instead of “produce finder” my advice would be to title it “buy NZ honey” or “buy honey and bee products” or something. If there is one thing I have learned about marketing recently, the instruction has to be simple and clear!
  5. The external website link field won’t work, I enter my website in there and it doesn’t seem to recognise it as a valid URL. The rest works ok
  6. @Grant do I just go to the produce finder and submit an advert?
  7. Hi, I havent really been following this thread, but I guess I should seeing as I keep getting mentioned ? for anyone who is interested, our story is pretty predictable - didn’t like the idea of $3.50 (or not selling at all) so took a deep breath and packed some off. We’ve had a couple of label changes, use social media marketing and have built an online shopping platform. Current biggest issues are packaging - no one likes plastic - and freight costs - honey is heavy. It’s been an interesting journey so far and have learned heaps, yes it is hard work moving retail packs
  8. Meh - it looks to me like they’ve seen an opportunity and are now trying to fit a story to it, by #######ising the science and throwing red herrings into the mix. Not an unusual business approach Unfortunately.
  9. Interesting thanks - did you soak it on the roll, or cut into strips then soak? Cheers
  10. @Maggie James I agree - a few know it alls on here tend to shoot down very sensible questions rather than engage with the people asking them. I imagine Grant has some interesting data on visitors or readers or members vs “commenters” and the commenters would be a very small group.
  11. I did have a look through the list to see if there was a dramatic eye roll but unfortunately no
  12. Mount the crane at the rear of the deck if you can - you trade off a bit of road handling/comfort but gain the ability to load both deck and trailer if you need to. i would agree on about 250-300kg pallet weight. Cheers
  13. @Don Mac this group of chemistry isn’t only used as a seed treatment. Last I looked there were foliar-applied versions available also, which broadens the range of uses and crops. Cheers
  14. @Alastair I thought having a personality disorder was a pre-requisite for a beekeeper
  15. Don I’m not sure this was sprayed “during flowering”. Jamo said the bees went in 4 days after application - which suggests pre-flower application. Some clarification would be good. remember the reduction in bees could just have easily been whatever the neighbour was up to, or whatever the guy over the road sprayed. We’ve pollinated kiwifruit for several years around the pre-flower use of these products and I haven't seen an issue. of course if they were indeed applied on open flowers, that would be a different issue.
  16. From memory they all have to be used before kiwifruit flowering starts. Recommend the orchard is mown first so the sward is not flowering also. these chemicals themselves are not particularly dangerous to bees. there will be bee safety statements on each label - these labels can be accessed on the acvm website. However the restriction on before flowering use only is mandated by Zespri cheers
  17. And my post is definitely not relevant
  18. john jacob jingleheimer schmidt?
  19. @Alastair for what it's worth, a couple of comments about our hives (have found staples effective and safe). 1) haven't put staples in wet. Don't care if they've got crystals on them, but we haven't put them in wet. 2) we're heavily involved in pollination - started in July in summerfruit, still going now in kiwifruit. Relevance is that they're always on a nectar flow of some sort and when they're not, we're feeding syrup to maintain hive strength. That might support your thoughts about stores vs fresh nectar. 3) we've got all hive doctor vented floors an
  20. Ted I'm sorry, but I disagree. As others have stated, this is very much an early trial product and we're all playing and learning to use it. While Phil has supplied laminated strips - at the behest of others I might add - he has been clear that they're for trial. I doubt that Phil has somehow made a stack of cash out of this so far. I think if he took his time, hive losses, machinery development etc into account he still be in the red (my assumption). if someone asked me to go on a "road trip" at this time of year, with hives at full rip, moves going on, tr
  21. Alastair and others - I think the reason you are not getting answers is possibly because no one has those answers. This is still kinda new, we can all hypothesise reasons for what we’re seeing until the cows come home, but unless someone is prepared to spend serious cash on lab research to look at mechanisms for bee effects, we’re probably not going to get an accurate answer. as I’ve already said - I’m not at all convinced this is a straight bee tox issue. Reason being that once hives have had OA strips for awhile, it seems you can hit them really hard and they no longer have thos
  22. @Alastair if you go right back early in this thread somewhere you might remember some comment/discussion or musings on treated hives losing some bee numbers After treatment due to pms or maybe virus load or whatever. The thought being that there was some issue with those bees that wasn’t obvious visually but became expressed after exposure to strips. I still have no idea what the mechanism is but I’m not convinced it’s straight OA toxicity, because I’ve only seen the symptoms you describe in hives treated for the first time. it seems when I follow staples with staples there is ze
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