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  1. pretty sure its a whole lot more. i will have to check some other day. only skim reading it so excuse any errors. the problem is not the amount sold. the problem is if its fails testing overseas and has no traceability the industry is in the crap. govts overseas will simply ban all nz honey. other parties would be pushing for tariffs, added inspections etc, anything to make nz honey get priced off the market. typical govt response to that is that all beeks would have to be under the rmp scheme at great cost to hobbyists which know doubt you will squeal at. a
  2. if you want to do a half split, keep it as a single brood (assuming full depth) as its much easier to split. just put honey suppers on and let it build up bee numbers.
  3. i didn't say hobbyist where doing anything wrong. they can sell domestic honey domestically and thats fine. the problem is other people buy from them and then export it. ie they are exporting products that are meant to be sold domestically. this is extremely widespread and happens every week all over nz (well untill covid that is). hence the name grey exports. i could just about guarantee that any hobby beek who has sold honey at a major market has had their honey end up overseas and resold. this is presumable what the measures are in place to combat.
  4. not really. its more about bee numbers. the problem with boomer hives is they can quickly go above maximum size and swarm. however should swarming be adverted they can pull in huge amounts of honey.
  5. yes, however when they start doing it on a larger scale and they are no longer a consumer but an exporter and should abide by all the rules the rest of us have to. this is where grey exports comes into it. they buy from many small players as "tourists" so they can circumvent import/export laws and land a cheaper product, untested product or an illegal product. so honey from a hobbyist whose bees picked up some banned chemical the neighbour was spaying, winds up on the shelf in japan, europe etc, gets tested and as there is no way to trace where it came from all nz honey gets banned.
  6. only if they are registered with MPI and only to markets that do not require any food standards. any market that requires standards then everyone in the supply chain needs to be registered. this has been the case for a number of years now. there has been cases where entire shipments have been stopped because ONE beeks wasn't mpi registered. i suspect its all about reducing the black and grey markets. ie stolen honey, illegal hobbyists sales, tourists buying boxes of honey to resale back home etc, people sending honey home where its diluted and resold.
  7. i've never really found that to be true. the only time it tends to hold true )at least for me) is absolutely brand spanking new frames where it takes a while for the to clean up and repair it. i've had plenty of hives over the years that have mediocre brood patterns, put a fairly new frame in and patterns are great on the new frames. i just have never seen them prefer old black frames to new frames. your mileage may vary.
  8. you can do a split next to the hive. best thing is to do it on a nice sunny day when there is lots of bees flying. the idea here is to have the bees drift back to the site of the old hive and populate the split. that distance away from the fence is fine. bees are surprisingly adaptable to site locations. the big thing is that its not dark and damp.
  9. its a case of something is a bit odd so be careful. usually if they are laying at a great pace they usually lay nice pattern. even tho shes moved up it still should hatch out reasonable well and not patchy. its something to watch with strong hives that are getting out there as the weather warms up and finding all the dead ones that died over winter. as always its best practice to afb check before splitting.
  10. thats is of concern. usually with boomer hives brood pattern is pretty solid. one of the issues is the strongest hive is the one that searches the furthest and tends to be the one that finds AFB. check before doing anything. splitting, i would only do a single split. multiples throw up a few challenges which are best avoided. you can do the split next to the hive. simply move the hive to the "new" spot facing the opposite way, then take back a box of brood WITHOUT the queen (make sure it has eggs). i typically just shake all the bees off to make sure the qu
  11. quite rights its exaggerated by the boom. but there was always issues with certain people with their idea or lack of afb control. most certainly its like dog rego, but probably more like police. we pay a huge amount of tax to have the police, but every dollar spent we get 10 back. just like most parts of life its the minority who spoil it for the rest of us and it costs us to deal with it and clean up the mess left behind.
  12. that unfortunately is the price we pay for "boom and bust". those who are left behind get landed with the clean up bill. just like a wild party, someone gets stuck cleaning it up after. some cost can be recovered, but like in a few cases already, you have to find the people first. some have gone overseas. but your never going to get paid for all your hive and income looses due to the afb they caused. you could try suing but the saying "blood from a stone' comes to mind.
  13. the afb levy is worth every cent. i suspect we have probably lost more $$$ to afb than we have ever paid in levy. the catch here is that in a down turn it becomes more important to fund afb pmp. as people walk away from hives, or trim staff and skimp on checking and dealing with afb, the more effect it will have on everyone else. as beeks walk away there is less beeks left behind to clean up the mess. even companies downsizing means less money goes to afb pmp. but failure to fund it properly now will cost us a whole lot more later on down the track.
  14. i can't remember what they said, it was some months back.
  15. i had a look at those a while back. big issue is cost and supply. the main material used is in rather short supply. which of course drives up prices.
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