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  1. or maybe someone has jumped the gun with respect to the cannabis referendum.
  2. I had the same feeling that muggles would not be visiting the forum, Grant says he has the numbers to prove that I'm wrong. I think unless a really large number of beekeepers created critical mass it isn't a runner. Given all the hand wringing going on, WHY haven't beekeepers selling honey in pots been quick to all jump on this free offer? Is there a problem where their user name and brand are linked? Would it be better if no user name was connected to each advertisement at the public level?
  3. great, what are you using to heat the water is there a kettle element inside the water jacket? moving the wax tap sounds like a major. If the all up cost was $1k that sounds very cost effective, even if you spent a further $1k of your own time on it.
  4. are you also selling these pots on the forum's produce finder? If not, fine, but why is that? In fact why do you suppose aren't lots of people? It is free, free, FREE. Is there a downside if Uncle Ted et al purchases some of your fine product at a fair price?
  5. are you sure about this? All the examples I have come across are for far less.
  6. It would make a great thread like the old philbee queen cell carriers if you put on a few photo's and explain your approach. They cost a lot more than that to buy and it would a great reference to anyone going diy in these tight fiscal times we now find ourselves in. Did you design it yourself or copy from somewhere else with improvements? I'd be keen to make a smallish version ~50 litres, I imagine yours is 250l huge. Trev had a smallish ecrotek one he did a video demo on, looks great but those are quite expensive in comparison.
  7. by all accounts the wholesale market for clean wax has collapsed and NZ Beeswax only offers credits for it. On the basis that it is currently worth less than $10 per kg, I would not recommend to spend more than $10/kg to get it cleaned. I suppose cleaning it for $5/kg (of finished product) would be better than putting it into compost. So that gives you maximum budget of $5,000 including electricity and equipment and labour. Depending on what kind of melter they/you have to handle it, it could make it worthwhile or uneconomic depending...
  8. I think it shows that the tongue on the front of the drawbar has broken off. Not the tongue of the towball. It means that the coupling and safety chain remained with the towball but the drawbar disconnected aft of the coupling. The photo shows a lot of rust and looks like beech marks, so I take that to be a fatigue crack that has slowly become bigger and bigger over a very long period of time. A vertical plate under this coupling and over to the drawbar might have avoided the problem, if the drawbar and tongue were subject to a lot of bending moments. I presume that under normal operation tension and compression the design was probably OK. However when a fat lump stands on the draw bar it would put this area into flexural bending. Maybe the front of the trailer also has a winch mounted on it to secure the boat. So as to keep his feet dry, aforesaid 'fat lump' jumps up and down on the drawbar while winching in the boat. So the crack could be initiated and propagated travelling at zero kph.
  9. My limited experience is in placing out ripe cells 24 to 72 hours prior to emerging. Using cheap light cell carriers (as per a philbee thread on the forum) without water bottles nor plates of steel they don't have any thermal mass to speak of. As a result the temperature of the floor heating element goes up to 40C peaks. The actual air temp around the cells doesn't but easily could exceed 3 deg. For these ripe cells we have never lost one. My conclusion is that during the final few days prior to emerging that precision temperature control becomes far less critical. Temperature control might be much more critical during other stages such as pupation (say). I could easily include thermal mass to obtain a more constant temperature, but it does not seem to be a problem that needs solving. Using an old tea towel that has been freshly soaked in water and then squeezed out is probably near enough for 48 hours, so you might be able to shame me into a concession along those lines. What is the point of spending $600 on a carrier to get the cells from the incubator to the hive with no temperature read out if $150 works perfectly and has a temperature display? Do you disagree or are willing to give other comments?
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    @CraBee Hey the external website link drops everyone into the queen bee page https://www.beecroft.co.nz/mated-queen-bees It could be improved if instead we were directed to "honey shop" Beecroft Health: Where to buy Manuka Honey in New Zealand. Manuka Honey benefits WWW.BEECROFT.CO.NZ From New Zealand, the land of milk and honey, the Beecroft family is now closing in on nearly 100 years of beekeeping, honey and manuka honey, all for your good health and well being. Beecroft Health is a New Zealand...
  11. You guys might well be right about this, but I've got no knowledge to comment either way. What I can say is that everything else they've said/done or tried to do has made complete sense to me and so on balance I'm going to remain a member and strong supporter of NZ Beekeeping until shown otherwise. I also paid my AFB rego fees normally and I'm very happy with the revised charging regime. I could not get my head around that invoice issue either. But you guys need to be careful just quoting that one passage of Waikato minutes. They previously went into quite a bit of detail about what happened to the beekeeper in Masterton (?) who was riddled with AFB and it really smelt of the MPI/Bovis/Jackboot/administrative incompetency most people are really afraid of and apparently for good reason. Nobody in any group wants to prolong nor generate AFB outbreaks. But there has been plenty else written on this and it does NOT appear to be claptrap. I've long held the view that the AFBNPMP needs to have greater power, fines, backbone and teeth. So, you have to be careful what you wish for. I also now hold the view that this power is good but it needs to be used very wisely. On the basis that NZ Beekeeping has exceeded my expectations on all other areas, I'm prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt in this opaque area where nothing is transparent from either side and I'm doubtful anyone commenting so far has any direct knowledge of what actually took place. I don't think it is anything to do with APInz that the AFBPMP has underperformed for years and I think that the AFBPMP has made a load of fantastic changes and improvements. But during this kind of re-structure (if I can call it that) there is always a risk of the pendulum swinging too far. If NZB acts as a watch dog with checks and balances this is a good thing for all beekeepers.
  12. This is still quite different. If you extract a whole frame you are mixing and blending all the cells in that frame. If you have take a tsp of comb honey and put it on toast you are rolling the dice with a total of about 6 cells.
  13. The solution to the pollution is dilution. So, you mix it with other honey until it passes. If you have a failed result of 0.80 and mix it with an equal amount of honey that has no Tutin detected then the combined result will pass if well mixed. We had anticipated a really bad year for Tutin in Tauranga, but testing results publically visible on the map show this was not the case. As the person in the BoP Group who was consolidating specimens into groups of five and sending them to the Lab I have spent more time than most looking at test results. We had quite a lot of tests that gave a measured level of Tutin (as opposed to nothing able to be measured <0.01). So, it is reasonable to say that Tutin levels were far higher in our catchment. As I understand it Tutin is a neurotoxin. If you are poisoned and you don't die, there is a good chance of permanent and lasting brain damage. It is not to be messed about with. However, so far as I know there is not yet a single recorded instance of extracted honey ever resulting in the above. Whereas dealing with comb honey is a lot more tricky if you happen to taste a 'landmine'. So far we have not yet recorded a single Tutin fail within urban boundaries for hobbyists in our local catchment; as shown on the Group's tutin map. Nearly everyone gives permission for their test results to be mapped. However, even those few who don't haven't had a fail.
  14. @Grant is it possible to suppress the map if the retailer is only selling online? Is it possible suppress the message and email facilities if they want to channel it all to a website? Is Pinnacle really based inside of Hastings Farmlands building? eek. One of the local commercial beekeepers (and a forum member) has a website but they don't sell online. Instead his website details four stockists . Could he list all 4 points on the map? Sure does get around the freight tribulations. Is the long term vision to have a map of NZL with all the points of all the places you can buy in person? If a beekeeper has some honey packed but no shop and no website, you can sell it right? Rather than general feedback maybe you should call specifically for a volunteer to get an offering in place with a system of sale, $$, packing slip, with available offerings tailored in sync with freight and cardboard box options to trouble shoot this to get a real example up and running. I have in mind an active forum member who has previously fessed up he has no website and no shop (and no intention) but in other respects seems to be fairly reliable/reputable fellow . Just need to twist his arm a bit I think.
  15. I'm very sorry I didn't mean to pick on someone I don't even know, but I think what you are doing passes a common sense test and puts you into a good position. Plus I have rafted and fished the Mohaka multiple times, some of your photo's look a lot like McVicar's section of river. I hope lots of others with only a $3.50 option in front of them can at least keep a few drums aside to experiment with this instead of selling the whole lot below cost of production. If the market prefers glass or wax coated cardboard or plastic I guess all comes down to $$ and exploration; not my area. $50 for free shipping is all fine and good for national delivery, but I hear you loud and clear about weight and cost. It requires a bit of thought. Most couriers will deliver up to 25kg locally for under $7. So, the weight is almost irrelevant in the local area of the courier, you just have to figure out how to cover $7. Depending on the mathematics of that you could consider doing the free delivery for orders over $20 in the local area. So, then you compete with Napier supermarkets. Looking at Napier Fastway/Aramex, I think they can deliver up to 25kg for $7 for the range from Wairoa to Waipukurau and only $5 if within Hastings-Napier urban where most people live. Other courier companies are just as good. But 25kg limit means that you don't much care what the weight is locally. Can you use that point to your advantage? National deliveries however are different and typically affected by the 5kg break point that it gets more tricky. Weight suddenly is important. If somebody orders 4.5kg you're sweet and they're already over $50 and you're under 5kg packed. If somebody orders 5.01kg you're bit sunk because costs shoot up but the extra 0.01kg contributes very little for the extra courier cost. So, it is worth making your free offers reflect that. So, in other words get free shipping on 4.5kg (nine pots of honey 500g) or multiple orders of 9 but no free shipping on part 4.5kg orders. If you go glass it might need to be net 4kg or less to sneak in under 5kg packaged. Cardboard box dimensions are a mission as well, but once sorted, its done. The marketing department will probably prefer a round number like 8, but we are all used to 5 cylinder engines these days and nine is 3x3 square. Follows your 3x sampler program too. So yeah, go the nine. I'm quite sure you don't need me putting in my oar, but it is worth others following in your footsteps and figuring out what deal they can offer that makes the best of what they have got. So, I'm just rambling on for the greater good. Pink is all fine and good. My story is that you take a nice photo at an apiary site and label that drum when you pack it. But when you pack the next drum choose a different photo. It is your photo from your apiary and is the source of your honey, nobody else in the world has those 3 things. Montana (aka Brancott) is one of our largest wine companies, to get around this 'problem' of bulk and bigness, they use a different label for every one of their vineyards, varieties and have multiple ranges of wines. Their customers are just fine with products being unique, limited, exclusive and varied. I'm sorry I'm not a fan of the Arataki consistency approach. However, there is no reason why even they can't start some extra ranges and labels. Winemakers could blend all their wine to make it the same, but that's cask wine, don't do that; you only get $3.50 if you do.
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