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  1. Transmogrify - what a great word!!! I had to google it - you learn something new every day!!!
  2. I think generally the queens laying is controlled by the feeding levels provided to her by the workers however in the situation @jamesc photographed the colony has completely collapsed (for whatever reason) but the queen is still viable and is simply bursting with eggs and can’t hold them all in. If she was caged and introduced to a couple of frames of brood and bees she would probably flourish.
  3. I see multiple eggs in Cells pretty regularly in mating nucs that have simply dwindled away. A vigorous queen but just not enough workers to keep up with her. In my mind I see it as her getting frustrated and wanting to lay.
  4. Comvita have made a decision to only put hives on proven quality Manuka sites and are avoiding bush/pasture like the plague. They haven’t got enough quality sites for the number of hives they have (and can’t offload hives) so have decided to at least get some cash flow from their surplus hives through pollination. I would imagine any non Manuka they do get will be retained for feed honey.
  5. You can actually. It basically involves grinding the coarse grained honey into a fine grain in a mortar and pestle. There’s a video on utube somewhere. Then use the fine grain portion to cream the rest - bearing in mind you need 10% starter so if you only have 100gms in your mortar and pestle that would only be enough starter to cream 1kg. Once that was fully creamed you’d have enough to do 10 kg etc etc.......
  6. Which is exactly what it is!!
  7. Short answer - no. Using non organic bees to pollinate organic crops does not affect the organic status of the crop. As @Philbee so correctly points out there are no where near enough organic beekeeping operations around to meet all the organic pollination requirements.
  8. Nope - I know that Comvita simply couldn’t buy enough to satisfy their demand so initially sourced from a company in Sth America and then ended up buying into that company. They will still buy all the propolis they can in NZ.
  9. Simple - because demand for the raw product exceeded local supply.
  10. Kiwifruit Vine Health. Organisation set up after PSA arrived.
  11. So................ where are we at with the proposed co-op??
  12. The silence is deafening re the proposed co-op. Anyone know anything??
  13. Thanks for that James!! It’s a pity more packers/exporters aren’t coming forward as you have done and offered some insight into the current situation and assurance that all is not lost!! The message I believe beekeepers need to take out of this is that there is a market for non Manuka and multi Manuka honey but it will be at a price far below what they have become accustomed to - and much closer to pre Manuka boom pricing. The sad reality is some beekeepers current cost of production will be significantly higher than the value of their products so those operators have some tough decisions to make and very soon. All primary producers are at the mercy of the markets and face the risk of a downturn every season - it just happens to be our turn at the moment. In my opinion investing money they don’t have in a potential co-op in the vain hope that it is going to magically turn things around for them is going to be financial suicide.
  14. To further complicate the domestic market issue I hear on the grapevine that Big C are going to resurrect the Holland’s and possibly Sweet Meadow brands (acquired from the previous co-op). This would make it extremely difficult for a new co-op to make any headway domestically. On the upside, I believe both brands had a reasonable export following which I assume Big C would be looking to resurrect as well thereby creating more demand for pasture type honeys.
  15. And how much did they produce?? $160 per hive plus your running costs is a huge hole to have to climb out of!! You must have confidence in that site??!!
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