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  1. The market for bush/multi-floral crashed when MPI introduced new standards. Those honey types could no longer be blended into "Manuka". It is a supply and demand issue. Honey marketers are telling us that the international manuka market has softened as a result of the problematic introduction of the MPI rules, and a general softening as manuka is not in vogue as much and its product life cycle has matured. Those changes are a fact of a life and a company, partnership, sole trader, galactic conglomerate, trust or any other business structure will need to operate in that market. It is commendable that you are trying to get a coop up and running and really positive PR for Cercacell but again there is nothing concrete there to suggest that it will go anywhere. If there is something concrete, I'd be happy to hear about it? As to use of the money you intend to raise, my recollection is that you were all go to go and see Shane Jones for $32m, then you met with advisers, and then the next thing you need 100K to go further. It is not my intention to be negative, but realistic, and nothing that I've seen has persuaded me otherwise...
  2. I agree. The situation seems to be that a bunch of consultants are now onboard and they've said you need some money to pay us to take this further, and hence the request for money. I don't have confidence in co-ops as a business model. I can't see how they can deliver anything more than the existing larger companies are. The 16 regional groups with $2m each as per the sales pitch interested me as that may have given the co-op a start at least, free money is always helpful, but how realistic is that? I don't really see this going anywhere. To get this off the ground you need principals with nous who don't need the input of advisers. IMO.
  3. Oh geez you can't be too careful with your password. Some geriatric builder bloke has hijacked the cats account and done away with the cats laconic, obtuse wit and replaced it with razor like logic.
  4. No worries fair enough 🙂 I'd actually been refraining from posting on the site as I kept on getting in trouble with the mods. My not often visited Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/craig.beecroft.94 Mum's been away at home for two months, back Thursday am. Not that the honey on toast has been bad....:-)
  5. Yup nice one tommy dave you've just publicly launched the site before it is finished, I was in touch with james via pm for a private look.....
  6. I think that there were earn out provisions in the agreement that meant he'd only be paid at certain levels based upon how the business did in the following few years. The following few years were poor and there were questions over them wanting him to be involved in the business in an ongoing basis, which resulted in Ngai Tahu taking the bk business and him the medical business. As it has been related to me he lost his shirt on the whole deal.
  7. You are going to need to take some care though if you want to use that honey pot design commercially, it was created by someone else and is likely owned by someone else. You don't want to get in a situation where you are building a brand and then have to withdraw it. That honey pot image is also used by others, including ourselves, on our own website.
  8. I had the same concern with baffle cost. So I bought a roll of drainage coil instead and cut it into lengths approx 1m long each and dropped them in the IBC. No surge works really well.
  9. Why would someone vape a hive with OA when there are OA staples in a hive already?
  10. Yes for sure. I am certain the earlier treatment worked, it did everywhere else, so put this down to re-invasion, which would be no surprise with all the hives in the general area.
  11. Wouldn't be that hard on yourself! It happens.
  12. As soon as the colder weather came in about three weeks ago they seemed to shut down, fortunately the robbing did too.
  13. If making just a visual inspection and there are no mites on bees, no DWV and no PMS must mean there are no mites? No way. I was in hives early last week last treated with Ox/Gly in February/March. I expected them to be low on mites. visual inspection of first hive showed no problems, did a sugar shake and it threw a ten. Next hive same it looked fine, it shaked out a 15. These were the two highest counts I had seen all year. So all the hives were re-treated and I put this new site into the "Beware Autumn mites" category. If I hadn't tested/monitored that apiary would have been absolutely stuffed by Spring.
  14. I sent hundreds of mats away three or four years ago to one of the larger operators and eventually got a poor / low payment < $500 for the propolis and some wax back. The amount of wax I got back was nothing eg 5% compared to what was on the mats when I sent them away. I haven't bothered to send mats away since.
  15. We use white sugar for syrup, but we also use dry raw sugar into the top feeder in Winter or early Spring if needed. With mixing 2:1 we usually heat the water first by dropping a couple of elements into it. If the water is not heated it can be difficult to get enough sugar in to dissolve to get to 2:1. With 50/50 we don't bother heating.
  16. Oh crikey I did have the right number at one time and I think it was 20mls per 100 litres, but in practice I just fill up a cup - say 250mls - and tip it in. I don't have problems with it going off.
  17. I've had a bit of a trawl around but can't see anything about this. Maybe one for @Dave Black. I'm looking at a new site, its a windy site, it has an average wind speed of 15km/h for the period the hives will be there. I think the bees should cope ok with that, I'm sure it will be taxing though. Some science would be handy.
  18. We buy pallets of sugar and mix it to what we want. For stimulation it is 50/50 or less and for stores 2:1. As only 1 IBC is mixed at a time storage is not a problem but if we need to bleach goes into it to stop it going off. Last season we had 200 litre plastic drums with syrup on some sites from approx April through to approx October and the syrup was fine.
  19. The market will resolve the over-stocking problem, it is happening as we speak.
  20. I've not had a hive with this before - the shaking and deaths etc. But I do notice in some hives from time to time a greater number of bees that look like this. I think of them more as robber bees. But in any event they always seem to hang out together near the bottom of the frames.
  21. Taste it, if it has plenty of tang it is still good to go. Yup four weeks in a busy hive is where I'd put it.
  22. You'll get a lot of different view points on this.... If there are drones around - I'm not seeing many now - and the weather plays ball you may get a mated Queen still. It is 50/50. Given the hive is strong and there are cells and they are not far from hatching you could just leave it and give the Queen a couple of weeks to get mated. If she's not mated 14 days after emergence and the weather has been reasonable, squash her and amalgamate. At least this way you get a chance at getting a new Queen now.
  23. Oh geez James thats a bit rough, didn't appreciate it was that bad for you.... For my past season I've treated in Spring, December, Feb and also now (not everywhere, just where needed) and I'll leave it now to Spring again. I've barely seen a mite. I can only think levels in your hives were high when the last round of staples went in. You are right though it is very tough with the honey market the way it is and dealing with that 💩
  24. The hives had high mite loads and viruses. Treatments went in but the hives most affected by viruses didn't make it. It is not to do with the oxalic/glycerine treatment. You can also see on that staple on the bottom photo how little bee traffic has been in contact with it. I had hives this time last year that got smashed and the viruses lingered all through Winter and through Spring and they only really recovered early this year, the viruses are the problem.... Also that survivor hive is only around three frames of bees so It must have been smashed pretty bad if it was a full hive before. Today I got around some sites I wanted to re-treat, they had staples in Feb, but they were so clean when I was shaking I didn't bother putting fresh ones in.
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