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Adam O'Sullivan

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  1. looks good, the best of luck to you!
  2. Yeah it does look like that thanks Mr Yesbut!
  3. Hi, does anyone know what this critter is? Thank you!
  4. I drove back to Palmy from Whareroa this morning. Every second ute and truck was a bee vehicle. How many beekeepers are in Taranaki???!!
  5. Is there no end to some people’s greed?
  6. I was wet the other day, one site of 8 in the creek, 3/4 way up the jumbo boxes. Checked them today and all are alive and still have large numbers.
  7. I have noticed quite a few “large hobby” and small commercial set ups going on sale on Trade Me. Most of them say that they are moving. They are not going for a lot either, considering how much work has been put in building them up and expensive gear bought over the last 2 or 3 seasons.
  8. I'm just a small fish, but if I knew that the future of pasture honey was going to be at least 7.00 a kg, I would be happy and have no doubts about continuing. I have low costs, and I don't know how on earth bigger companies with staff and equipment galore manage with the low price. I would think around 14.00 a kg on the shelf to the consumer would be a fair price, allowing for the packers and supermarkets etc to make their bit.
  9. I have about 600m to cut through today, all FD and I overhauled the table saw last month, new bearings, brushes and a clean out so the saw will be in fine form.
  10. Hey guys. I employ all home made frames with wax, but with the price of wax and the extraction lads not too happy with the odd frame breaking, I'm going to start introducing plastic and eventually have all the honey frames plastic. I still want to keep wood and wax in the broods. How are the pre waxed frames from Ecrotek? I have read previous posts on here from 2 or 3 years ago and people were not happy with bees avoiding or not drawing them properly. Have they changed since then? I'm not floating in money and don't want to buy a thousand or so and have issues with them. Many t
  11. Has anyone seen Shaun...the fellow from Kapiti with the jumbo brood boxes? I enjoyed reading his posts and recently realised I hadn't seen him on here. Thanks.
  12. Thanks for all your replies and helping me to understand a bit better!
  13. Just a notion that I had in my head that doesn’t make a lot of sense the more I think about it!
  14. Hi there. I’m not a fan so far with queen excluders. Mainly with all the dead drones and I’m never sure when to exactly put them on. It got me thinking about hive setup and how bees work. How would this work.... At the start of spring, or possibly when the treatment is out put the brood box (s) on the top of say 3 or 4 empty boxes. Wouldn’t the bees work their way down and backfill as they go? Would it not keep the brood together and suit how they would naturally keep their hive, by working downwards? Im thinking a downside would be that there would have been brood cy
  15. I didn’t keep bees in Ireland. Not uncommon to go through summer there and get a couple of weeks of sun, that’s all. I would imagine there wouldn’t be many flows at all
  16. I'm from Ireland, and good luck to my countrymen getting a decent flow with the Irish weather.
  17. Cherries fresh at the orchard gate $15.50 per kg. Cherries at a veggie shop 1 hour away from orchard 60.00 a kg. Cherries at new world 1 hour away from orchard 90.00 a kg. My wife enjoys cherries!
  18. Thats why I don’t like. It’s great a company having an “elite” product, but at the end of the day it’s just greed, pure and simple. And no amount of marketing wisdom can explain why it’s not.
  19. Have a look at the website, mind you, it’s a steal for the product that is described!
  20. Must be for the next Chinese New Year!
  21. No, with their $1400 a kilo Manuka I don’t think they would be wasting their time with clover!
  22. Honey price collapse....well some guys are having a great time. Went to a honey shop yesterday and their clover was $50 a kilo. A tourist walked past with a shopping basket literally loaded up with it!
  23. I don't know who would be left if the price was $4 a kilo here. I started 4 years ago, I remember a 15kg box of foundation was $325. Now that is around $500. I only have this as an example as I make just about everything. I think the treatments have all gone up too. Even with 40kg per hive, thats $160 per hive. I have no debt and not a lot of the expenses that usual companies would have. I don't have a flash ute or truck, heck anything flash at all! I have seen costings per hive here for companies suggested at around $400-$500. Wouldn't the prices for pollination crash too? And all the supplie
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