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Jas last won the day on August 15 2019

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  1. Along with the ‘hand sanitiser’ theme , I too have been working hard to come up with a product suitable to fight said virus . By some small miracle it actually tastes remarkably similar to Drambue .
  2. You may be correct @Aquilawith regards to the legality of recording a conversation , but if you were taking the recording as in taking notes at a meeting , the done thing would be to provide both parties with a copy ie yourself and the employer . I’ve done a bit of reading up on the subject and a common them of breach of trust and good faith pops up time and time again . Phone companies , banks etc always disclose the fact they are recording . Can be useful for both parties down the track if a dispute over whether a call was made or not etc . The key is an employment relationship is based on trust and good faith , and if you are starting that relationship with covert recording then it is stuffed before it started , in my opinion .
  3. Without condoning the business’s alleged behaviour , why on earth would you commence a job without a written contract , while going to all the trouble of recording all conversations ( hope you informed them you were recording ) etc etc if you are well versed in employment law ? There are plenty of bad employers out there , but equally there are plenty of well versed in law , employees who appear to be planning litigation before they even start the job . Generally they burn out a district every few years then move on . I smell a rat
  4. Agree . Could be a mechanical fault , swerving to avoid something etc etc so to assume speeding while asleep is the cause could be a tad premature !
  5. If the article is correct , that’s pretty impressive or lucky to walk away from the crash with no injuries ! Might need a new cab me thinks .
  6. I think MPI thought the same thing for quite a while too @M4tt ! I was told they sent all the blood letting teams north late last year , and the map promptly lit up like a kid with measles . It reinforces my point that Nait is only effective at helping to control/eliminate diseases with timely testing .
  7. I agree 100% about the tracing and finding the source animals , but say there is a six month delay, and in the interim the receiving farm has onsold animals to multiple other farms , who are also buying and selling . You are continually playing catch up .
  8. I think there is some misunderstanding as to how nait works . It is a tool to track the movement of animals but offers zero protection against the movement of untested but infected animals. In @M4tt previous post he mentioned testing about to start for 2500 beef farms . That’s like not bothering to do AFB checks on all outfits that haven’t had a case lately because they are low risk . The reality is that with animals going from dairy farm to calf rearers, to traders , to finishers , the amount of potential for disease transfer is unreal , even with nait being fully complied with . Even in a semi closed beef breeding situation they will still be trading some cattle , so there’s always a risk there too .
  9. With regards to the title of this thread , I have just started a batch of Manuka mead . If things get really bad , it may end up getting distilled into manukashine !
  10. Exactly my point . It’s all very well for people to be foaming at the mouth and wringing their hands over climate change , but we’re pretty much on a conveyer belt and we can’t stop it . We are emitting waste products as a byproduct of being alive . That fact that the bulk of our population likes to huddle together in tight groups , getting everything carted to them , giving their waste to someone else to deal with , then getting in planes , trains and automobiles to go on holiday in someone else’s back yard doesn’t help though . ‘This whole electric car thing is another thing too . Obviously we don’t make the batteries for them , or recycle them here , so unless we reincarnate the endeavour, I guess oil burning ships will be crossing the worlds oceans will ever increasing mountains of batteries to keep up with demand .
  11. I think you will find that the farm was clear at the time the calves were born , and then the herd were tested at the end of calving , with a positive result . I know several cases where farmers have purchased stock from the Waikato , with the assurance from the stock agent that no animals were from the South Island . Few months later , some of the animals have been traced from farms in Canterbury that had subsequently tested positive , resulting in heaps of heartache for the affected farmers . There are a few blowflies clipping the ticket that obviously don’t give a stuff , and no amount of nait tagging will prevent the spread of Bovis with that behaviour . It merely means you can track where the animals went , but doesn’t prevent the spread in my opinion .
  12. I’ve just made a marinade with soy , garlic , honey and smoked paprika to coat some cubed venison for some kebabs for tonite !
  13. Talking about mead , I found a bottle I’d forgotten about the other day . Was a plum mead (melomel ) I made two years ago . Wasn’t too bad if I do say myself .
  14. I was talking to a farmer about this topic a few days ago . He used to have two neighbours . Now he has close to fifty , so that impacts on what he can and can’t do . The reality of the situation is that even if you willingly shift your hives / change your practices to move with the times , in a short time you will be shifting them again or adapting to new rules and regulations . That is the single biggest factor I find with farmers selling up . They get worn down by all the paperwork . Quite ironic when a 12 hr day is normal for a lot of them !
  15. Well I’ve taken off some honey from a few sites for friends and family , and as usual some hives have foraged completely different nectar sources from the same site . At one site the bees have access to two dairy farms , so can either be nice Manuka , clover and blackberry , or a mix of the above . This year it’s still Manuka like in taste , but a lot paler in colour . Super tasty though so passes the most important test in my view . My next site has a big block of Manuka and this year it was as white as snow , so I thought it would yield the mother load , but again quite pale and with hundreds of ha of carrot weed nearby , they are starting to pull that in unfortunately. The strong hives have capped a full depth and well into their second , so they are going well . Rainfall has been hit and miss here . Had 50mm at home last weekend , while my mate 10 km down the road had nothing . Was down at @M4tt neck of the woods at the time and a huge thunderstorm tracked through just to the east . Looks like more rain coming this week so good for those that need it .
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