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neil miller

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  1. If it's fishing you are after Hauhora harbour is the place, half an hour north of Kaitaia.
  2. For the most recent year that data is available (2013) from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand's largest company used 410,000 tonnes of coal to turn liquid milk into powder, earning total revenue of $22 billion in 2014. Altogether the dairy industry burns 512,811 tonnes of coal. Based on one tonne of coal producing 2.86 tonnes of carbon dioxide, Fonterra's coal-powered factories pump out 1.17 million tonnes of the climate warming gas. Add to that its gas-powered plants and tanker fleet, and the company becomes one of New Zealand's top greenhouse gas polluters. And thats before you factor in the methane from the cows.
  3. This scenario sounds very familiar. What happens is the food police confiscate all of the honey.
  4. Interesting take on familiarity of gear but I give the hive a lot of credit for knowing what is going on but yes confidence and familiarity must play a part. I did a cut out the other day through very rotten weather boards so pretty gentle goin in, obviously a totally undisturbed hive .I had 50+ stings stuck in my gloves. Perhaps just aggressive bees but maybe they were unused to being disturbed.
  5. So you are suggesting to someone who doesn't know what they are doing to act like a commercial keeper. I can see a problem with that approach. Overinspecting is clearly preferable to underinspecting for a novice.
  6. Kind of what I was getting at with my posts about my 3/4 hives. I found that they need slightly more attention not less. My philosophy is the more you manage your bees the less upset they get, they get used to interruptions. Check out bees at bee clubs; gentle and constantly inspected.
  7. I am interested in this configuration and I do like my excluder (there is something terribly unromantic about picking larvae out of your honey) sounds like it needs more regular attention than the double FD next to it.
  8. That's a big draughty space for a wee nuc to go into in the chilly springtime
  9. Yes totally my fault:) what's your opinion of 3/4 brood box hives Trevor.
  10. Started with one and a super. Got the second brood box on and lost them on the rewa rewa flow. I'm now running that hive without an excluder.
  11. A small caution. I have been experimenting with some different set ups and the only one that I haven't got on top of is 3/4 with 3/4 brood boxes. It was the only configuration that got away on me and swarmed. FD and 3/4 supers are standard but limiting if, like this year, there is a stop-start flow. You have to rely on the bees to empty the brood box of nectar to allow the queen to continue laying. With FD supers the BK can lift the frames and replace with empties from the hive. us mortals can unpack a 38kg super rather than going the full ACC.
  12. Zero wasps at the ridge apiary after a very small vespex treatment. Still robbing so only able to open one hive at a time.
  13. I have never seen so many wasps! I got the vespex out and they were all over it straight away. Sorry about the image quality but it gives an idea.
  14. Up at the ridge apiary yesterday to take off the wets and cappings. Got to the excluder and found a hundred of so dead bees so I looked for some sign of disease. While doing that I thought a hive had started to swarm but it was robber bees. I had no idea it was so intense. I checked the weakest hive and it was completely empty of stores and home bees, just robbers and wasps. I reduced the entrances on the other hives and I'm up there today with the vespex. Any suggestions on how to avoid or reduce robbing? I suspect having the wets on might have started it all off. Do your own bees rob off each other in the same apiary?
  15. The ACC are working on getting registered compliance officers, sometime in the future. In the meantime it is being left to private contractors or MPI, you need licensing and a safe food plan,even if you are hiring a commercial kitchen,so all of the fees still stand. There are a couple of exemption clauses that I will explore. Selling honey from the gate to help pay for hardware and running costs is a thing of the past. It seems unnecessary for such a low risk food.
  16. Wow that's more like it. I can't understand Auckland CC bailing on the inspection as they charged over $900, if you council can do it for $160, that's quite a bit of profit they are forgoing. I will double check but I got my info from the food safety people.
  17. I just found out that council no longer administers honey processing kitchens and it's down to MPI to do that checking. $155 to have food plan plus $1500 - $2000 to verify, annually. Hire a kitchen or go black market?
  18. As Janice said I let the bees clean the honey residue off the cappings, then I put the wax into an old saucepan with an inch or two of water and gently simmer. Once the wax cools the disc easily pops out of the pan and you can scrape the crud off the bottom of it, I usually do this two or three times to get good clean wax.
  19. 'stupid people get old too'... ...unless they fall into the extractor.
  20. I've just sourced a chromium plated one ( West Auckland natch') which will do for home use, homogenisation is so important to get good Tutin analysis.
  21. The first surprises me as the frames are pretty dirty things to take into an A grade kitchen, meh rules are rules. I was thinking of one of those passivised helixes that run on a cordless drill, designed for 20l paint pots. I wonder if they come in stainless? I have little in the way of self control, I over-do, blurt like I have Tourette's and frequently hit my head on inanimate objects.
  22. To go way back in the thread, Bron, could you please confirm / clarify about extraction and bottling. Can I extract in my bee shed and take my buckets of honey to a kitchen for bottling? Also would mixing with a sterilised and food dedicated paint mixer be enough for low volume homogenisation?
  23. Hi, I've just taken off some honey for Christmas and want to return the cappings and empty frames. The hives have undrawn rising to semi capped supers above the brood box. My question is where do the wets go, immediately above the brood box, above the undrawn frames or at the top immediately below the cappings?
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