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  1. mm, unlikely. I have never heard of anyone declaring a greater value or price on export paperwork whereas it is an advantage to reduce duty/ tax if a lower value is claimed. Are you suggesting the average price is higher than $20? That won't help at all. It seems unlikely that commercial exporters would ever risk getting black-marked by Customs. NZ Customs are nasty enough and a law to themselves normally plus this isn't sending a hand knitted cardigan to grandma.
  2. I imagine you can buy honey and then send it overseas without owning a single hive if you register yourself and have all the paperwork. So dividing export sales by beekeepers is nonsense. Without a single hive you might buy it off a beekeeper for $3/kg and then export it for $20/kg. The costs of freight and distribution would be fairly substantial. Getting it from a drum in NZ to a jar on a shelf in the UK isn't trivial, some people put a lot of effort into it. If you can buy for $3 and sell for $20 there needs to be some profit left over. The question I guess is how much profi
  3. Page 10 apiculture report 2019 ? customs export declarations
  4. we take our blind foundation dogs beekeeping. The black lab not only got stung and shy exactly as you say, but even tethered some distance away from the hive bees sometimes found him. On the other hand the white standard poodle looks a bit like a sheep and either doesn't get stung or doesn't care, off lead right up to hives no issue (so far) young poodles also bounce around quite a bit which I wouldn't think is a help either. Poodles are harder to train because they are intelligent and sharp as a tack. But I'm sure there are a number of breeds with different senses of smell that would be consi
  5. Hmmm, did you read the article? MPI are said to be a partly funding this research; that's all. I don't imagine MPI would be actively using the dogs unless they disbanded the Management Agency and took over the eradication of AFB themselves. far more often than you mandate beekeepers and AP2 undertake refresher courses. Given the performance of drug dogs searching post and passengers, I'd suggest we don't need to concern ourselves about the operational level of detail if we use professionals in that area. I agree. In years long past now, the agency was fo
  6. it is a bit like raising teenagers and then you wish them well when they go off to University to get fully trained; onwards and upwards. We hope we have equipped them with the skills to manage it. Also we do hope to get one of them back here when they retire. Meanwhile Blind Low Vision are pretty sneaky; immediately they produce another 8 week puppy to help you take your mind off it!!
  7. yes I agree. My view is that the costs of running a large scale breeding and training program like the blind foundation is really really big bucks, I don't think it is in the realm of commercial beek diy nor get-rich-quick nor ad hoc dog trainers. However, as shown by customs, blind low vision and the various other service dog entities it can be done. Blind Low Vision NZ actually does sell fully trained guide dogs to overseas blind foundations and the money that comes in, helps enable supplying extra guide dogs in NZ. So, if we had a serious AFB sniffer dog program I think it must be run
  8. Detector dogs could help save bees WWW.SUNLIVE.CO.NZ Training dogs to sniff out the highly infectious bacterial disease American Foulbrood in beehives could save New Zealand’s... article on detector dogs with funding support from a number of areas/groups. Not a single word from the management agency, may speak volumes. However since taking a lot of the work inhouse and taking on new staff their stance may have changed? I didn't know "previous methods have led to inconclusive results in the field", does anyone have proof to back up such
  9. I think it is only natural that if you have several apiary sites that over time you'd use the sites that generate surplus honey. So in some regards it is self-correcting over time. However all the hobbyists in the whole country don't have many hives in total, so overstocking is often an issue where commercial beekeepers have several home apiaries that hold hives while not in work. Given the dire situation for honey prices and relatively short period of pollination there could be hives that are being parked in the semi-rural areas while beekeepers are trying to minimise costs in any given local
  10. If Aucklanders can have beehives in their gardens on what I presume is 600sqm or less, the ravings of these guys is bizarre, what a bunch of turkeys. Turkeys however might be ideal for these unproductive lifestyle blocks.. A basic tenent of law is that you are free to do whatever you want with your own land provided you are not causing nuisance to others. Blanket rules banning some activitites should be challenged. On the other side, individuals causing nuisance should also be dealt with. For some idiot councils to reinvent the wheel is lunacy.
  11. Was this by any chance similar or related to these guys? Great Barrier gets mentioned specifically. I did a search and couldn't find anything already mentioned about End of the World, nor Paul, Art and Carl. Maybe they are on here?? I would have thought some of their claims went pretty close to the edge; legally speaking(?). But then again anything can be true on facebook. Manuka Honey - Honey With a Mission To Save Bees WWW.INDIEGOGO.COM Ethically & sustainably sourced Manuka Honey from New Zealand set out to plant trees a
  12. the 'baited box' as above contains 8 bare top bars with no foundation nor starter except for a triangle of wood at 33-34mm centres. In the centre of the box are the remaining two, both fully drawn combs, these have been baited by pouring 2:1 syrup into the cells on one side of each comb. The syrup stays put with surface tension. It is not enough to count as feeding about one cup total it acts as a house warming gift that ensures plenty of visitors into the box. Nekminit the whole box is fully drawn.. The first time (Papamoa) I did this I used a five frame box, I can't remember
  13. except in the first 24 hours. On several occasions now we have put a baited swarm box adjacent to colony that has moved into a house and they've reversed their decision within 3 days they are all in the box. I originally felt it was a roll of the dice and worth a try. Now, I am pretty confident about it, but only if less than 24hours. One of these was captured on video but it is on facebook and I don't know how to copy it. however here is a photo of it in progress. They all came out of the grate in the house, video shows them all in the air doing a couple of circuits of the garden then they mo
  14. it is a shame that Vegans would not have top bar hives, because then you could have all your least favourite things conveniently located in one place
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