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Ali last won the day on June 25 2018

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  1. That is quite a good point @morporks. I doubt it has occurred to APINZ or AFB how it may appear to non members of APINZ (the vast majority of beeks). It is once again that relationship issue between APINZ and AFB.org that shows up, I think, in a bad light. It is only an opinion but the costs of even a one day attendance would appear to fence off the majority of the smaller family operators once again reinforcing the question of who APINZ are there for really.
  2. Adam is right of course but it is very early in the process. $100,000 sought essentially for what I see as a feasibility fund is a starting point and only that. 67 odd drums of honey at net $5.00 a kilo would about do it. Just another way of looking at it. With all that honey sitting in sheds at the moment, how hard would it be to do??? 134 beeks at a half drum each......................
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    Well, it seems they market it at around the hundy per kilo! Have to wonder how much they sell of course. If they are producing the honey and marketing it themselves (presuming good sales of course) then they are doing ok next to the Kiwi who sells to a processor here.
  4. @Adam Boot, is it a NZ outfit marketing in this fashion?
  5. I don't have clue who this is @tommy dave. I wonder how you can determine origin of bees wax? "Personally, no" seems to leave the door pretty open.
  6. Darn, conflicting interests there I reckon. Gorse being a blessing for the beek and a curse for the farmer!
  7. It will kill most everything else growing I guess. What are they dealing to? A forestry planting?
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    Lady Beetles

    They are another border control glitch it seems. MPI gave up any effort to stem the tide. Just 2-3 years to reach the current state of play, seems they spread like wildfire. Apparently if there is insufficient other food for them then they will turn to fruit and eat that. There is some research going on to discover a lure for them to maybe 'control' them but seems they are here to stay.
  9. Is this another case of "international prices" being applied to the NZ beekeepers? I note the big C now has South American sources for Propolis in the pipeline.
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    Lady Beetles

    Little blighters are popping up everywhere now it seems. They will displace the local varieties fairly quickly it seems. Wine growers concerned amongst others.
  11. Good spotting @john berry. Capilano seem to be saying that Australian (faux) Manuka is completely and utterly not Manuka honey as it is in New Zealand. A point of argument for the trade marking of the Manuka name? " If it's not NZ Manuka honey then it is something else" new marketing slogan?
  12. I think a comprehensive understanding of the current blending practices would be very interesting. Not something packers/marketers/exporters would want to talk about publicly I expect but I wonder if you have hit the nail on the head @frazzledfozzle. I do recall asking Adam on a thread if there premium products were subject of blending and not seeing a response. Certainly the expensive "Manuka" honey I have seen seemed to bear little resemblance to raw (sieved out of the extractor) honey I have here.
  13. An 8% (or greater) increase for packers/exporters may well be on the cards given the reduction in the price for the product paid to the primary producers.
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