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Everything posted by jamesc

  1. Aah Bro ... I hate plastic with a passion. Imagine.... we pulled nearly five hundred honey boxes out of the system during the winter as part of a clean up from anAFB outbreak with a neighbour two years ago. we were’nt too sure of the status of the boxes .... so we washed all the wax out of the frames and then put them through the parrafin wax bath. The frames came out with wires intact ready for new foundation. It’s been labour intensive.... which is acceptable in the present environment. Imagine what we would have to do with all the plastic. Plastic is for the l
  2. Not sure we need another big year .... I still got the last big Rata year sitting in the shed
  3. But anyway... while the team was doing yhe hard yards... I was out galivanting around... checking access and gates. This one iss a classic.
  4. Big day in the shed.... all hands on getting the recycled frames re waxed and ready to go out again. Don’t ya just love recycling.
  5. Last night I was talking to my mate over in Canada. Sold his crop of Canola honey to the Co-op for $6.21/kg.. NZD. So when a local packer offers me $3.00/kg for clover with no Terramycin I think that's a bit rude .... Just saying !
  6. Apathy, shrivelled cojones, fear, mental block ....... its not for trying that honey is slow to move .... we can move certain honeys, albeit at a dismal price . The way I see it is that there is no structure within the industry , there is no Big picture business plan that shows the way to the end point of sale for producers and gives confidence to new producers wanting to step up and grasp the hive tool and smoker and make a go of it. Its every man for himself. If you look at sheep, beef, venison, milk there is a structure of production and processing and a definite path
  7. Home sweet home ..... We chucked on over 600 boxes in the last day and a half, and most hives needed a couple more. But I'm rationed on both boxes and money to buy more, so it is what it is. And as we tootled home, and stopped for a pie and iced coffee a smiling lady walked past me out of the gas station. It was one of those chance encounters , where you briefly meet and smile .... She had seen the branding on the truck ...... and with the smile came the comment 'Nice branding' .... 'Yeah' I said, and we were gone. Us heading home with a tail wind, and she in her
  8. Uuh huh... I was gonna send you another pic of the topless babe in the bar to tonight, but the phone was flat. But here’s the deal. I enjoy what I do. Throwing boxes on in the rain, dreaming of the potential sleeping innthe truck If we all had no hope and curled up in a hole in the groundcand played possum... I’ll gairantee nothing would happen.... I don’t mind sharing. it’s been a #### few years and in reality we should have pushed all the bees into the big hole and poured diesel on them last year.... But then where u gonna get yer buzz
  9. Aah ... we are supering up in anticipation of something .... I’m tooo dumb to do anything else.
  10. Funny you should say that Frazz. I was just thinking the same over the weekend ..... that no-one has been gripping about low honey prices or lack of sales and income ..... and concluded that we must all just be trucking on . My new found marketing man can sell clover and honey dew for about $4.50/kg ..... but his buyers no nothing about Kamahi. We have looked at all of @frazzledfozzle scenarios, and are still hoping for a miracle. Our two Lazarus heifers that had pinched nerves at calving and have been down for a month finally got up and walked this weekend ..... so mira
  11. When the pressures on some big gear saves a lot of time. Nice truck .... 500 horses ....
  12. Epipens are a no brainer. We keep one in the big truck and one in the smoko room. In this day and age it pays for the employer to cover his backside for the eventuality of when the poo hits the fan. We had a situation the other year when an employee went into Ana shock six months after he had started working on the bees. The Epipen was expired, but the medic on the end of the 111 call advised we use it .... I would suggest @ThatBeeGuy talks to the Boss in a quiet time and gently rolls his case.
  13. Lester would be smiling at his percentage ..... eh
  14. Hmmm ....I think everyone is either chasing Manuka or given up.... or maybe Camterbury Clover after 69mm of rain as the roads are very quiet.
  15. Ha .... tis the season for migration. Stoppedin at my favorite watering hole on the coast tonight for a feed and a snooze. The other year I paid our bar tab in honey.... it was quite a lot of honey.... seems like we are still in credit. some days you jusy gotta love humanity!
  16. And when u get to the holiday spot ....with the kids in the back anxious to get out and play ... whadya know .... the road to the icecream shop is’nt there anymore. what did I say about prior and proper preparation.
  17. Some holiday snaps .... yeah right.
  18. Nah mate.... looks like s island dairy with a token native for a feel good nutrient sink
  19. Uh huh .....I wonder if the Lux started up again .....
  20. Doesn't look to be a lot of quality flower to make it worth taking the risk .....
  21. Nice. I never met Old Arthur ..... but my mate spent a lot of time with him. In his latter days, the story goes that Arthur wanted to see what the bees were doing up the Gorge ..... the Rakaia gorge. So old mate took him up there one day when they had a run to do. Old mate stopped at a yard to do some jobs and Arthur was left to wander. Old mate made some comment about not wandering too far, in case the time came for Arthur to meet his maker. Well, Arthur's Maker had the plan .... and the two met in the yard up the Gorge. The story goes t
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