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Oma last won the day on October 18 2018

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  1. Yes the water rats come up to our place when the lower Tongariro floods. They are a beautiful animal, dark, a lovely shine on their thick coats, bright eyes, large and fat and edible if you were hungry enough. Quite different to the usual smaller grey, wiley, burrowing Norwegian compost rats. We now have a excellent trapping program running along the upper river banks so the river rats are getting a hammering and the blue duck population is increasing every year.
  2. I have 3 live catch wire traps brought from Farmlands years ago. I’ve wired them with a fish hook and use venison salami they can’t resist that and the outside rind is tough enough to hold on the hook. As the rats try to remove the bait the door slams shut, I then drown them in a bucket and sling them over the fence into the hay paddock. I must say we have some yummy looking fat rats here can understand how they have ended up on the menu in the past. I have a wild hawk that has become very used to finding his dinner in the hay paddock just waiting for him day after day, he entertains us by circling down and carting them off. I’ve tried all sorts of traps including A24s but this is the only way I have had success. As for the poison bait the rats round here eat it for breakfast and then turn up at lunch for more, I’m sure they have worked up a tolerance to it.
  3. I just throw seeds from a pumpkin I like in with old hay bales lining the fence line and wait till they decide to germinate. If I buy the plants it’s never the right time and either the wx, slugs or blackbirds get the new growth. But this year the rats are eating out every seed that’s out there even though I caught at least 40 of the pests in my live traps. Might have to try something else.😩
  4. So that’s where the saying comes from “to much sex can make you blind”. Very informative article thanks
  5. Watched the bees coming and going from the hives containing staples they all still appear to have their feet! 🥾👣🐾👣🐾👠
  6. I crammed my hives full with at least 6 narrow staples 40/60% Oa/gl interspersed throughout each box in early February knowing I wouldn’t get back into them for months. I expected losses over winter I have always had some but where are the dead outs when you need them, I need to down size! 3 x 3/4 box hives over wintered with the top box full of honey, now empty bottom box but with eggs larva capped brood and healthy bees over flowing in top two boxes. I’m going to have to watch the swarming this spring. Thanks @Philbee staples have worked well for my bees not finding many mites at all
  7. I’d used to take two dogs for a walk very close by an apiary, the dark brown labrador was frequently attacked or chased by bees if she wandered to close to a hive but the white dog was left alone.
  8. A photo of your lids and bases on here give us all a chance to keep an eye out for you. The more eyes looking the better. Thought with the prices all down there would be less of this.
  9. Bees loving the hazel pollen during these still warm days
  10. You would still have to think of having it tested for Tutin as it would have been collected by the bees in the right time zone for it. That's what is putting me off harvesting.
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    I hope its only the Queen that requires vaccinating and that her immune response is transmitted to the offspring she lays. I cant imagine we are all going to be attacking our bees individually with a hypodermic needle? Very interesting all the same.
  12. Had a nice response so sharing it to let you all know your replies were helpful. Hi Jose Sorry about the radio silence. Really enjoyed reading the replies especially the 'Look Buddy..' response and I agree. I think that this what I did but question my decision when someone else asked 'well how do you know?' I have found that there is no more down to earth than bee keepers. The Food Act is about safety but also 'suitability' and this brings in the Food Standards so it is now about the final product and is now within the terms of reference. I think that the scale of the operation and confidence in the production steps that may should have some influence on the level of evidence. The use of the refractor to verify the moisture content is a cheap method for one aspect of compliance. The issue adulteration of the product is possibly next level and Food Safety Officer investigation work if there is suspicion from somewhere. I am attending some training soon with Assure quality and I will keep these questions for them. Thanks for you help.
  13. Thanks again for your thoughts. I have been thru the verification process for extraction and packaging and should not be revisited for another year at least so the question does not apply to me personally at this time. The council verifier just phoned out of the blue explaining that this question was one that is being debated amongst Council verifiers around the country and he was looking beyond the MPI standards for the answer to the question, how do you prove honey is honey? The MPI Standards do not provide the answer or we would all be able to point our verifiers to the relevant bits of paper we’ve paid $$$$ for. I think the debate goes like this: Councils Verify premises for honey processing and packaging and the are putting their name on the certificate and ? carry the liability that the premises they have verified are indeed processing and packaging honey..... but wait a minute can I be sure that’s honey?
  14. Thanks so much for your answers everyone luckily I have not been asked to have to prove my honey is honey BUT this is a question circulating amongst verifiers and they are searching for answers amongst the contacts they have. My contact kept asking how does a refractor work for honey and how much would one cost, my understanding is that refractors give you the moisture / sugars ratio rather than identify sugar source as I know my neighbour uses one in his vineyard to identify when to harvest his grapes. I will send a link to our collective answers and he will be able to inform other verifiers around the country before anyone gets grief over this question.
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