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About grasshoppper

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  1. I would like to sell honey locally. I need an NP1 that needs to be verified. What do I need to store honey for this local market? I am not selling large volumes so would 2-3 fridges be suitable once honey has been extracted in my Kitchen after approval from council and packed into 500gm containers labelled correctly? Or does the honey need to be stored below a certain temperature in a purpose built shed? If so what temperature does the honey need to be stored at and what basic requirements does the shed require? From what I understand I do not need an RPM because I am not selling honey for export. Thanks in advance for your answers.
  2. Can someone point me to a document regarding the rules for Honey storage for the small operator please. Thanks in advance
  3. Thanks. Yes I thought 50% sounded pretty high??? Yes with high density there may be Beeks who are not maintaining their hives as well as they should.
  4. I was speaking to a fellow commercial beekeeper in the Waikato who has approx 1000 hives. He was saying that it is common place now to lose 50% of his hive annually to mites due to treatment resistance. I was wanting to know what other beekeepers are experiencing? I myself found that I had to treat mine three times per annum instead of two. I have been using a combination of Oxy vaporizing. Miteaway and Apiguard/mite away at the end of the season. Saying that we are in the King Country and every man and his dog has a yard and they are often less than 500mtres or 1km away from each other which is just not healthy. Trying to decide whether to persevere because 50% annually losses is not a good business model Thanks for your feedback in advance
  5. Can anyone recommend a Honey Buyer and packer. I am still at the hobbyist level but have 20-30 boxes of bush blend honey that I need to sell. I think most only take orders of over three drums. Does anyone have recommendations? Also have have 4x20 litre buckets of what is likely to be Manuaku what UMF not sure yet. I am in the south Waikato area Thanks in advance
  6. Autumn sets in and bees are treated for mites and checked again at what point should we be seeing no fresh brood being laid. i have a couple of hives that have brood but no fresh eggs and i am not sure if this is a problem or not as the bees go into hibernation over winter about now anyway/ Any comments would be helpful thanks
  7. Reading through this topic I am left wondering about the Manuka Bubble that seems to underpin this whole situation. (Correct me if I'm wrong) Resistance to Antibiotics is growing yearly to the point where the medical profession at times has suggested we may return to pre 19th century mortality rates from infection. Manuka is presented as nature's natural wonder medicine. We've all seen the curative effects Manuka can have when it's applied to wounds so in a world threaten by a new plague of infection what is to stop the whole world growing Manuka? I expect there are already huge plantations of it world wide? So therefore it is only a matter of a short time before the Manuka bubble bursts. Is my thinking in correct here? Once that happens and you have for example China or the States actively selling it then you're back to square one aren't we? When that happens will that change the industry for the better with the get rich quick crowd dropping out? Another question. Who made the decision to change the status of Hobbyists from 10 hives I think it was to 50 and why was this done? I ask because it seems to undermine the position of smaller commercials as a lobby group by placing many of them back in the non commercial hobbyist category?
  8. Thanks but I am really trying to figure out where all these hives going to go if the national bee stock keeps growing?
  9. In our area there are a lot of yards that have hives 6-7 boxes high. Land is in short supply and commercial yards are dotted often less than every 2km. When hives get 6-7 boxes high does this inhibits the natural cleansing swarming process where wild bees would genetically modify themselves slightly with each new swarm to adapt to changing environments? Am I right in that suggesting large Beeks will split less because land is hard to come by thereby stopping the bees modifying their genes because we want to farm them? Are smaller beekeepers mimicking nature by constantly splitting their hives to grow their hive numbers? Doesn’t continuing to treat bees chemically so they can continue to milk them lead down a dead end street?. Isn’t that working against nature rather than with it? No doubt this is a silly idea based on something I haven't considered but If we are overcrowded and land is in short supply. Would it be smarter to create bee reserves and let the excess free in the bush introducing a Queen 18 type Bee into the mix? That would solve the overcrowding problem. Yes most would die initially but in theory after a period of time because we continue this process the wild bees would learn to adapt naturally to mites with a little breeding help (no doubt this is already under way). Maybe if we do that we could develop NZ bees naturally that like to chew the legs of mites like some of the lab Bees from this article: A Hardier Honeybee That Fights Back By Biting Back Really the question is: If we keep expanding stock numbers where are we going to put them and even if we say areas a full the bees will continue to multiply. What then? How do we solve this problem so that disease spread by close proximity is reduced?
  10. The GIA Government Industry Agreement briefing report makes the following statement: There are 4,000 New Zealand beekeepers are registered, operating around 450,000 hives. About 350 commercial beekeepers own over 90 per cent of the hives. Does anyone have any info on the breakdown on the remainder of the 4000? I ask because I would like to know the ratio of 'Lifestyler commercials' comparative to the 350 'big commercials' ( I think these figures are also a couple of years out of date)
  11. What's the name of this organization and are they all large commercials or a mix of hobbyists and commercials?
  12. Can someone please confirm this is the right Link for the Government Industry agreement? GIA http://www.parliament.nz/resource/en-nz/50DBSCH_SCR56864_1/02f9621efb9436bcf27cfeaa7bc1672a4d90293a
  13. Thanks for nailing your colours to the pole. I think a lot of people will gain clarity and insight by your answers.
  14. OK Phil, you might think it's obvious that we need legislation to create legislation to say 'this area is full' but how would you implement this? If you have several operators in the same area who are much closer than the two K radius. What would you suggest - The biggest operator stays and the rest go? What if there simply isn't anywhere for the other operators to place there hives because the landscape is so monopolised by the big corporate operators? You can just imagine the negative fallout over that? You'd have open rebellion and in areas such as Northland where they don't give a toss about regulations. It would only exacibate this situation making our stock even more exposed to disease because I think you'd find many operators would stop playing by the rules. That's not what we want is it. I think you'd just create a black market by this type of regulation. This might sound outrageous to you but I think the only solution is to limit the size of commercials to take big money out of the out of the game. There was a post a few back where the beek talked about his family having had hives in that spot for years then a corporate player dumps 100 hives over the fence. You can imagine he would be incandescent because of this. So how would the 'It's full' regulation work in an instance like this now that those hives are in place? I've got a yard that was doing very well last year. A young apprentice Beek comes knocking on the property owner's door the Apprentice finds out there are our bees on the property. Next thing you know the same Beek company places a bunch of hive in direct line with my bees food source 300 metres away. As you can imagine I was not impressed especially considering that they are not doing as well this year. In another post I was discussing the ethics of this and other Beeks commented about how their competition had threatened to seed their area with AFB frames……… I think this sort of reaction is going to become more and more common . Some people have no control over their tempers and behave very badly where money is involved especially if they think a big player is trying to squeeze them out. It all really stems in my opinion from the tidal wave of people getting into Beekeeping . No body wants fly by night operators risking the stock. I would have no problem requiring a higher level of training before being legally allowed to have more than a couple of hives. That's realistic But underlying this I think the commercials are worried that their incomes are going to be eroded by new players in the market human nature being what it is and I think this is what a lot of people are picking up on and sensing something very fishy is going on here. What a lot of 'squeaky wheeled alarmists' as you call them are pointing is that internationally and locally, big business has a very bad rep for not having any sort of social conscience - we can't afford this mind set especially at a time when bees and thereby humans are under threat world wide by commercial corporate farming. Again the government needs to take the long view and limit the size of commercial operators to take the type of people out of the industry who just see Bee products as commodities to make huge profits from.
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