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CraBee last won the day on August 20 2019

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  1. I think that if you are producing a quality product, and your customers are happy, they come back and recommend you. If not, you have no customers. As for trading, I can't see a problem in that, the same applies. This will all shake itself out in the next few years.
  2. For the mating nucs I cell in, and then check approx a week later as I'm usually throwing them some raw sugar then, sometimes the Q doesn't emerge and sometimes she is just gone, so I can get another cell in then and not lose much time. I think the Q going missing soon after emerging bugs me because there is usually no obvious answer as to why. As for mating flights, I always expect some to not return.
  3. What frustrates me is when you get a nice cell and put it into a mating nuc or nuc, and when you go to check the cell you can see she has emerged, but is absolutely nowhere to be seen....
  4. There is someone in the SI who does pollen counts and when I asked him / her about distinguishing manuka from kanuka they said they can't. I said how do you know what it is then. And the answer was "whatever our customer tells us it is". So if I'd have wanted to I'd could readily sent kanuka in and told him / her it was manuka and got a "manuka" pollen count for my kanuka.
  5. Well just that, is it a manuka pollen count or a manuka / kanuka pollen count?
  6. @chrism good info haven't heard that before re miticide in cells, where did you get your info from? Would be interested in reading it.
  7. It only takes a squall or shower to come through.......I also think they get lost. Our nucs / mating nucs are set-up with different colours and configurations to help with that. Last season, I opened a hive on a site, and the bees were balling a VQ on the floor inside the entrance. I had a good idea which hive she was from, and when I checked that hive there was no VQ, so I put her in there - the bees seemed happy enough, but at my next hive check there was no sign of a Q....
  8. I think I mis-understood, I thought you meant $52/kg, but if it is $52 per 250g jar packed, then that's got to be a go for the seller. Is it UMF honey?
  9. Well good luck to them I guess at that price. So to answer my own question I think it is around $110-$120/kg.
  10. What do you think then is a market price then for NPA20, C4 pass, strong on the MPI's then Rob?
  11. Talking about god, as a kid in the 70's I got dragged off to Church every Sunday, but I couldn't stand the gobbledegook and would regularly march on out part way through. The trips home were usually quiet.... In my last year of school I entered into a debate with my Nanna about the merits or otherwise of religion. I was standing inside by an open window on the first floor and unbeknown to me at ground level my grandfather was tending his beehives, and he heard everything I said. I saw him approach through the dining room in bee gear, and saw the look on his face, and it all clicked. I was out that open window in a flash, almost toppling into his lineup of all white hives as I hit the ground running.
  12. The other thing is that the "boom" or growth has also come from new capital / equity. In the initial years of a new business making losses is not unusual, and more capital is used to keep the business going. But now, no one is going to be wanting to be putting fresh capital into the business, the business is going to need to at least break-even, and if there is little prospect of it getting there, then shutting down or selling down assets is what is left. And particularly as you mention where these new businesses have probably not had a chance to diversify their income streams.
  13. There may be, but sceptic scientists are only 3%. And here is proof. https://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/ "Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals1 show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree*: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.
  14. The market may have softened but there is still value in it.......
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