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  1. Thanks Matt, I've renewed my listing for Honey Extraction in the marketplace if you want to get in touch with me @Manukabros.
  2. This is an opinion piece, but I will disclose that I am a paid member of NZ Beekeeping Incorporated. I will try to be brief, hopefully this does not mean that I omit too much of my reasoning behind my opinions. - A commodity levy will give ApiNZ an automatic mandate to speak for the industry, and government a yes man to push through policy and regulations that often lack common sense, and input from real beekeepers. - This will mean that small to medium beekeeping enterprises will not get consulted, nor have their views acknowledged, when it comes to industry issues such as regulatory change. - It is clear to me that there is a massive divide between the corporate (often multinational) side of the apiculture industry, and SME's. - I firmly believe that beekeepers need their own independent organisation to represent them to government, separate from packers & marketers (P&M), as we are running unique businesses very different from those packing and exporting bee products. Furthermore I see P&M's influence in decision making affecting SME's they buy products from, as a conflict of interest. - The big P&M's are represented by corporate business people, not commercial beekeepers. - If this commodity levy passes, we will find that beekeeping SME's voices will be stifled to almost nothing. As it is, we are able to make ourselves heard, albeit at a push, and with persistence, through organisations such as NZ Beekeeping Inc. I could go on for days, but to keep your interest I will just list a couple of the achievements of NZ Beekeeping Incorporated: - Having MPI's amended multifloral Manuka definition reverted, bringing a lot of false-non multi Manuka back into the definition. MPI conceded the day before the court date. (ApiNZ did nothing) - Substantial and Informative Submissions, and pressure on MPI, over the GREX Consultation, resulting in many nonsensical and costly regulations being removed from the GREX. (ApiNZ was happy with the original draft document!) I would also like to point out that there is a group of scientists working to have the LEGAL monofloral Manuka definition changed to the SCIENTIFIC definition. In an effort to bring Manuka FALSELY testing as Non Manuka, back into the definition. By MPI's own figures, 19% Manuka is testing as false non-manuka. They have provided robust scientific evidence, but have had their argument repeatedly dismissed by the Minister Damien O'Connor. ApiNZ is not supportive of these scientists. ApiNZ is not operating in the interest of small and medium beekeeping enterprises. Please vote no, so we can find a suitable and considered alternative.
  3. RMP and EU Honey Extraction & Storage, between Te Awamutu and Otorohanga.
  4. I reckon a honey gate or tap would be pretty cost effective, maybe a little inaccurate
  5. I think we are naive if we think that none of the smart people in "that group" are going to use thier increasing influence over the industry and its governance, simply to turn profit for thier shareholders, investors, and to line thier pockets. Furthermore: Apiculture is defined as the breeding and care of bees. It appears this word has been used out of context to name the proposed new organisation, which encompasses marketers, suppliers, processors, landowners, et cetera. Evidently the laymans term is more effective, and it's definition less prone to being skewed. How about a Beekeepers Association!? Beekeepers are the ONLY primary producers in this industry and we need our own representation, not to be represented by those with a passive interest in beekeeping, many of whom are only concerned with profitability, and often, thier salary.
  6. Does anyone know anything about LOSP treatment? I was just talking to my local timber yard and was asked if LOSP could be a substitute for tan E. I just read LOSP stands for light organic solvent preservatives, and contains insecticides and fungicides. So probably not great for bees or perhaps humans! However it would still be interesting to hear if anyone has used it.
  7. Having the same problem, as expected. Reduced all entrances, they were a bit distracted by the apple trees, but I think they're focussing more on the hives now. If your going to make a trap or use baits, apparently wasps are after protein in the spring (for their brood) and sugar in the autumn. Hope that helps.
  8. Hi suz, I'm a total newbee too, started working for a commercial bk about a month ago. Best thing I ever did to learn about beekeeping! Not sure if your looking at going that way but it has been great.
  9. Me too, it's probably obvious but I'm about the newest newbee you can find! Just so people know, more of a sponge than a tap!
  10. Hopefully the applicant is just trying to make sure he/she isn't pushing I on anyone. Could be wishful thinking
  11. Also does anyone have any thoughts on running two 3/4 boxes as a brood nest?
  12. Thanks for the feedback, interesting reading. Unfortunately I don't have any pics, I've only seen one as most my bosses hives have all wood in the brood boxes now as he's turning the plastics out of his operation. On the subject of whether or not to use an excluder, His thoughts were if the excluder was on a single it would not affect honey storage above the excuder. However running an excluder on a double brood could cause them to pack down below the excluder and reduce the crop somewhat. Most of his hives that are not singles are run without an excluder, and I agree it is more mucking around to sort the brood out.
  13. I've heard top bar hives are more prone to disease and/or are more difficult to check for AFB. is this true or just a yarn?
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