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Oma last won the day on October 18 2018

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  1. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. I have just had a phone call from a verifier asking a general question “How do we prove that there is 100% Honey in the jar labeled Honey”? I don’t seem to be looking in the right places to find a quick answer. Has anyone had to provide proof that what they have in the drum is honey? I understand there are export requirements for moisture content and C4’s, amongst other things but anything specific to prove it’s substance derived from nectar from floral sources or dew. As a beekeeper has anyone been asked to prove that what they have in the jar is honey if that is what is on the label, if so what tests did you undertake? I don’t know what the price of golden syrup is these days but could someone buy this in bulk and call it honey, illegal I know but do it never the less?
  7. Reminds me of the km long tailrace that the cows have to walk along on a dairy farm between Atiamuri and Taupō. I’m usually doing the regulation 104/hr which is 108/hr via the GPS, for about 5mins and those poor cows are still walking trying to get to their food. Does it increase some magical property in the milk? all that walking.
  8. I have a propolis mat directly on my frames that the bees fill with wax and propolis creating the same effect as a impermeable plastic sheet. The hive mat on top of that then a closed cell foam mat then a tin lid, I have open mesh floors on the bottom. As far as honey stores go the more the merrier as this also acts as insulation, if the area you have your hives in has very little winter forage or lots of bad weather you need to keep an eye on the food levels. A heft test is a quick way of checking food stores, do this when the hive is full and heavy a change in weight is very noticeable. I understand that carniolans go thru less food than the yellow Italians so your bee type will make a difference to food requirements too.
  9. Unfortunately @fieldbee I understand Phacelia is part of a herbal key that cattle can eat, but if there are other choices they might leave the Phacelia alone. I have cleared an area around each tree probably 1mt around the trunk and distributed seeds, now the plants are self sown and tend to crowd out other weeds. I think Phacelia interferes with the life cycle preventing codlin moth establishing in the soil under the trees. I have a couple of Quince trees and 3 peach trees with fruit damaging brown rot fungus, I have planted mustard seed under these this season. There has been some improvement in the fruit at least they ripened this year before the rot set in. Other years the fruit rotted while it was still green. I will continue with the mustard for a few more seasons will be great if it works. The bees enjoy the flowers too.
  10. Interestingly the frost down to minus 5 doesn’t affect Phacelia at all at least here. The tops of the plant gets a slightly bronze tinge but it keeps right on growing and flowering right thru the life of the plant. The seeds just keep germinating summer and winter regardless of the temp or the water supply. It’s an amazing plant considering it has soft juicy stems. Must be full of antifreeze.
  11. And I planted Phacelia under all my apple trees and the codlin moth problem has dropped by 85%. I get heaps of apples with no trails thru them at all something that has not happened during the previous seasons.
  12. I only extracted 12kg of this dark honey I’ve spent enough on it and it doesn’t even taste nice. It’s definately not Manuka so according to an article on Stuff tonight only worth $7 a kilo it can go into the compost and help poison the rats that live there. Wow @Goran that Black Locust Honey sure looks tasty 😋
  13. Mistery of where the bees collected this dark honey is over!!! The Tutin test has come back a fail at 1.23mg/kg. Yikes I tasted it and have read it can take only a tsp full do do you severe neurological damage! Won’t bother with a pollen count aye, first time I have had bees collect Tutin laced honey.
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    Argentine Ants

    Would you like to share your procedure and recipe?
  15. Haven't had honey pollen counted before but this is so dark and thick I would like to identify the nectar source, will send a sample off. The honey came off a half box that was above an excluder and has beautiful white wax that was not stained by the honey incidentally. Thanks for the best wishes, my fit healthy 70yr young husband went over the handle bars of his mountain bike after clipping a tree by 20mm. Take care out there everyone but don't stop living each day to the full.
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