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  1. robbie frew

    Harvest yields

    manuka pretty poor every where from what I hear, hot days but cold nights, this new weather pattern should help
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    DocumentComvita's Breeding Operations

    can you expand on this please, do you mean that it is a publicly listed Co trading on the NZX ?
  3. robbie frew

    DocumentComvita's Breeding Operations

    Frankly I don't see any cynicism in my post at all. we're dealing with an old population in China, with incredibly ingrained historical attitudes. Like western social, modernistic thought processes,and science, our part of the world has moved on from ' old wives tales ' It's not hard to see how quickly rampant social change is moving within China. The Chinese youth will discard old China as they grasp for western socialism and cultural attitudes. Selling manuka honey to these asian countries is not a ' given ' your best bet is offering a couple of jars with every new McLaren sold
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    DocumentComvita's Breeding Operations

    good story, and yes myth making is a big factor in sales marketing. the real trouble begins when we confuse fact with myth, for example, Rolls Royce's enviable reputation V's tarot card readers. Also with today's instant media outlets, happenings, or bad news goes viral. ... instant uncontrollable damage. Look no further than the recent bobby calf incident. My opinion is that the manuka honey industry is rotten from top to bottom. as ' berengaria ' has pointed out and from above So it comes down to a company with a marketing ploy based on bulls... In the short term ' they ' make the coin big time, but the risk is those of us who don't wish to scramble for manuka, will be tarred with the same brush, when the stool gets kicked out beheath. boom or bust , I really hope the Govt see it this way ! ... nothing lasts forever, esp the way this manuka marketing is being manipulated, when it all goes bad ( which it will ) i'll quote Winston Churchill " never before have so few, screwed it for so many "
  5. robbie frew

    wood rot

    looks like wooden floors and boxes, with certain anti rot treatments, are for the rubbish pile ! ... so I heard,... makes sense
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    Is the Assure Quality Apiary Map Confidential?

    Why don't you stop sticking your oar in cat, where's the conspiracy theory ? ... listed above are some explanations on my view ... not hard for someone with the right gear and some coin to look for the treasure
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    just like a hobbyist

    and NO, ..by your posts I assumed you were a long time keeper
  8. robbie frew

    Is the Assure Quality Apiary Map Confidential?

    I'm sorry, but I don't understand any of your post,
  9. robbie frew

    just like a hobbyist

    BEGINNER ? ...since when ?
  10. robbie frew

    Hive colours

    Pink has a bad habit of fading in the sun, like animal pelts that are s.t.r.e.a.c.h.e.d out in the sun for a couple of weeks to dry. they seem to lose their colour and go almost bleached/ blond
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    Is the Assure Quality Apiary Map Confidential?

    yes your right. but this won't stop one company in particular, one things are organized
  12. robbie frew

    just like a hobbyist

    maybe your just a slow learner ? lol
  13. robbie frew

    Paradise EPS Polystrene Beehive

    you can recycle almost all polymers ... you can add extra UV resistance at the manufacturing source I used eps spacer blocks for some Q/R.ing, and the little beggars started to chew on it, even painting didn't stop them. R value looks good, but I think some commercials would destroy them in a season saw a commercial fella in te puke with technoset hives on ute tray. about 1/2 doz
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    NZBF Do I add a honey super or not

    now's a good time to decide for the future * what's your long term plan, * how many hives do you think you can cope with * I would consider using 3/4 honey supers above a queen excluder, using manley frames, a 3/4 chocka block can weigh 18 kg +/- manley frames are 8 to the box, which give a better wax / honey rate and they are way less likely to rattle around when transporting, therefore less honey drip. there is another theory about using all the same gear for brood / supers, with a double brood box, you could be having to add supers at an alarming rate, so make sure you have plenty on hand ( esp wets ) or you also may find that the hive stores all the goodies in the top brood box, and very little in a super * if it was me, id wait till the top box is all drawn out, and then do a split * just remember that you will have to split a brood box eventually, so you have 2 or 3 hives through winter
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    just like a hobbyist

    so that's a (+) and a (-), in other words you've gone no where lol are you allowed to cheat ? I just snagged a small swam this morning, what was left of a much bigger one, I reckon this has a virgin queen, whad ya think ? i'm sure i'll be cheating with this one