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Maru Hoani

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  1. Our manuka flow probly ended a couple of weeks ago, went to have a look at most of the hives and there wasnt enough to cap it so been giving the Kanuka a bit of time to finish off the frames, into it tomorrow if the weathers any good, been raining more than usual for this time of the year.
  2. Manukas all over, I'm still looking forward to getting out there even though it's been a bad season for both manuka and now kanuka, was hoping to get a decent boat but if I can cover costs withought having to sell my hard earned tractor I'll be a happy man. Things are going to have to change and site rates are going to have to drop! With an extra thousand hives in the area and prices dropping annually somethings gotta give, hopefully it's the corporates how many years can you go on making a loss???
  3. Maybe the price has gone down, last one I bought was that price, say 3-4 years ago and ACC who are they? Just a big waste of time dealing with them unless you break something or are hospitalized. Probly cant even afford an EpiPen this season anyway, so far I've borrowed over a grand and probly be 30 deep minimum by the time I sell my honey which at some sites is half a box from 4 hives if your lucky, I got a few with nothing at all, another beekeeper in my area only got 3 drums and some just have a sad story of none. Sometimes it comes down to would I rather an epipen or
  4. A truck driver got stung a few kms away from me today and collapsed, had to get helicoptered away, nearly an hour wait. Anyway, I had a visit asking if I had an EpiPen and said nah they're too expensive at 160 every six months and you have to order them at the pharmacy which means two trips into town, the guy should have one on him if its life threatening just like having diabetes, you should have insulin in your vehicle, if one of my family members was allergic I would have one but since I dont even know anyone who's allergic why should I spend hard earned money on such a poor season, I'
  5. Now I'm worried, the last 2 times I went to one of my sites I found it both times, now I'm due for round 3 I'm especially angry because ive been there nearly a decade and nothing, one new beek comes along, second season, bang directly affected my site
  6. Yep, I love sweating my arse off and laughing at the bros getting stung but for me it's mainly working in my home area and seeing where my family has been for thousands of years, I never got into it to get rich, it was 12$ a kg when I started then boom millions of corporate hives everywhere.
  7. Fine as in I can pay myself half of what any other trade with 10+ years experience gets if I get production.
  8. Tell manuka health that they come through putting mega hives in my area, sites of 24 hives not very far apart and I'm wondering how they can operate when I'm struggling to get a box every second hive off absolutely pumping hives? They must be next on the massive loss. And they have sites of 24 only 1-2 hundred meters apart
  9. Your right there with the manuka, my honeys been dropping in price hard! Still passing the tests though? $65 a kg, next season $42.50 a kg and last season $31 a kg??? Same honey lower prices consistently the last few seasons. I thought prices would get better with the good mono but our government has fxxxxd us right up.
  10. We work on 2.2 hectares of manuka per hive to get production of one 3/4 depth box of honey
  11. Wont be in my area this season, be lucky to average 8kgs of manuka so from my 700 I'll hopefully get 5 ton
  12. Could be Manuka mountain just around the corner
  13. I wonder who this exporter is? There are alot of useless beekeepers around and its a shame to our industry, I always though it was possible to get rid of AFB but there's too many cow boys out there who's heart just isnt in it.
  14. Same! I'm not looking forward to checking my site down Te Huahua rd after finding AFB the last 2 times, 10yrs AFB free before this year in this area.
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