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  1. When we were involved in organic pollination a while back the requirement was that they not be under treatment when we put the hives in. Our requirement was that they not spray while we had hives in the orchard.
  2. Things are tight in the industry and people are looking to cut costs and generate income from sources that they hadn't previously. That all makes sense but rather than looking to grow the pie it seems that everyone is looking to get their bit of other people's slice. In the past week I have heard of 2 overseas clients being poached from those who developed them by other NZ beekeepers who are selling honey at well below cost. Similarly everyone seems to be attaching 'queen breeder' to their company name in the hope that the queens that they have carried through from last spring can be sold as 'overwintered' and that their beekeepers ( who arent breeders) can produce quality, consistent queens to sell to others. I guess this is what the industry has become at least for the short term until a few beekeepers and companies are shaken out but geez it is depressing. Honey is not really my game but queens are, and in my mind an effective breeding program is much more than just throwing some cells into a nuc. There are a lot of things that we do, developed over years that increase our productivity, quality and consistency that someone playing af queens wont have a clue about. I just hope that the $10 or $15 some people save on queens from fly by nighters at the front end doesn't cost them $100's in lost production at the back end.
  3. I have been surprised by the attitude of many beekeepers buying from me in the past. When the industry was hot it was all about availability, many didn't even ask about price or even breed let alone the other, more important info. Having a chat to the breeder about what they do and what they breed for would be a minimum I would think and yes, test running a few queens/ cells/ virgins would also be wise. Finding someone who has the same ethos and ethics around beekeeping is a good idea I reckon. As noted, once the insect leaves our hands it is pretty hard to track how they are cared for and/or introduced. Its pretty rough pinning failure on me as a breeder when there is such a wide variation in skill level in the industry. One missed virgin in a hive and that will likely be it for my queen. That said I do follow up with clients regarding service and product and as it is my name behind what I sell, and my hands all over the queens that go out the door I take my quality control seriously. I note that there have been a number of new entrants into queen breeding.. personally you couldn't pay me enough to take their products. Breeding is part science, part art and most of the newbies don't have enough of either to be much good in my opinion....though their ads do look flash and shiny. 16+years beekeeping and most of that breeding here and overseas....you'd hope by now I know what I'm doing. 😀
  4. The key to my mind is talking to each breeder about what they do and what they are trying to get. There are a number of breeders out there who look flash on paper but have no clue what they are doing and poor quality control if any....calling them breeders is kind of insulting to those who do it for a living. People who do queens on the side of their other business wouldn't be my choice tbh.
  5. Try changing the excluder for a mat with an entrance cut out. Assuming strength is good and they are set up right it should be sweet.
  6. I would suggest that 'working with the wider industry' might be where at least some of the issues arise.
  7. Not to mention beekeeping organisations putting their hands out for grant funding from the levy to conduct research of dubious practical use and/or to prop their businesses up. Case in point all of the VSH research money that vanished off into the ether a few years back. All very visible while the money flowed and completely invisible for the past few years. Whether you voted for or against the levy it is clear that many beekeepers feel disconnected from ApiNZ.
  8. Enough in each of the presentations that I saw to make the day worth doing. There were definitely a lot of people scribbling away at Sue Coby and the single vs double brood debate although most of that info was pretty obvious to an experienced beekeeper I would have thought. I am hoping that todays presentations are going to go deeper (and hopefully more technical) which will be more interesting for me. I always find it interesting to see how much things have changed since my first conference (in Nelson when I was still working and living in the north island). I come sporadically and the growth of products and suppliers supplying things that we 'need' to keep our bees healthy and thriving is always interesting also. My personal opinion (which I have stated here previously) is that if you are going to increase production and hive health better beekeeping/training, site location and young/good queens along with hive health/varroa control are the first steps and the key ones. A $100,000 truck with a lifter is a tool and sometimes a useful one but it should come after the basics of hive work and health if you want to make money at this game....as for seaweed and other inputs, some of my clients swear by them and if they are applied after you have done the hard/less glamorous work all good. There are no silver bullets to hives thriving unfortunately. Good to spend some time with a few of the commercial beekeepers around and get their feel for what is going on....general consensus is that the truck and lifter guys will be having a hard conference this year despite the number of beekeepers drooling over the rigs on show.
  9. I'll be staying over there for the full run. I dont really fancy going back and forth so I have accommodation booked.
  10. Just wondering who might be heading down our way for the Apiculture NZ conference this year. I haven't been since the last one in Taupo a few years ago mainly due to a feeling that I was being sold to rather than informed by it (kind of the same feeling that I get from the Beekeeper now too). Thought it was about time to poke my head in and as this year is just down the road it seemed like a good chance. Not sure if anyone has posted up about this already, I couldn't find anything but if they already have, apologies. But if anyone is around it might be a good chance to catch up face to face...always nice to put a face to the name and opinions. ?
  11. Haha...easy to find who is behind it.. the joy's of technology. Very interesting.
  12. Haha, yes, that was what I did too....just been a bit surprised at the variation with respect to others info and want to make sure that what I do is legit.
  13. Ahh yeah but it isn't the ingredients in the jar that I'm asking about...that's just honey. More the break down of those ingredients etc....carbohydrates, protein etc etc...
  14. Ahh but if I am selling locally but it gets taken overseas am I running a risk there? ...as always whatever the industry does those running off our back (testing companies, packers, sugar suppliers, assure quality etc etc...) always make money I guess.
  15. I've been hunting around the internet regarding the nutritional labelling on honey and it seems that there is a wide variation in labelling even throughout NZ relating to this. I sell very little honey but am about to do a new run of labels and am keen to ensure that what I do sell has all of the right info on it. The MPI online guide covers everything that needs to be on the packaging and we are all sorted on that side of things already. I have noticed that my nutritional chart differs from others and was wondering if anyone has a definitive nutritional chart for NZ honey. Cheers
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