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  1. I'm interested in experiences and practices of small, medium and large beekeepers ... do you record certain information by hive? regular checkups? production? weather? varoa? anything? do you write all on paper? on hive? some software? how useful is writing of the infos for you? I believe that a lot of times (at least those with a lot of hives) it is to hard work and record information at the same time because you only have two hands. If someone assists you - you will probably prefer to help you physically and not just typing on your cell phone or written down on paper. Here I
  2. doorstep beekeepers are like 10-60 hives. Mostly static apiaries. Average 40 hives. Average yearly production per hive is 35 kg which makes around 1400 kg of honey. Average price on doorstep is 6.7$ which makes in total 9400$. Also people sell propolis, wax etc... so it could go up to 10.000$ per year for having that much hives. it's not much but for some people it's enough to cover some yearly costs. Ofcourse it's not a profit. You have yearly expences like like sugar (if you need to feed the bees in some parts of the year), gas, wiring frames etc. But if the costs are lets s
  3. I would not agree, but it's pointless to discuss about the taste. What is important is that honey bees do make honey, and every person who eats honey or any product that comes from the honey bees knows that bees make it so I do not see why would label with a bee on the picture scare someone. I actually think people love it although they don't pay much attention to the labels as much to the type of honey and that info is usually on the lid.
  4. Some Croatians Says "Honey from my own apiary" Another one This one has information about honey in general / contexture, methods of use, date of extraction, beekeeper info, quarantee that this honey is produced on our own apiary etc. This one is for the lid of jars, it's about pollen general info, beekeeper info etc.
  5. Some Croatian honey labels are posted here Honey Labels - Show me yours I'll show you mine | Page 2 | NZ Beekeepers Forum One of them has information about honey in general / contexture, methods of use, date of extraction, beekeeper info, quarantee that this honey is produced on our own apiary etc. (edit - duplicated content removed)
  6. Ok I got it. Didn't know the story earlier Toxicity in New Zealand honey has only been associated with bees collecting honeydew from tutu (Coriaria arborea) bushes. Tutu bushes contain a toxin called tutin. In Balcans (Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Slovenia...) we are allowed to have hives, extract and pack our own honey and sell it on doorstep or market. There was lot of honey forgery on our market ... honeys from Turkye and China... that was very bad and very cheap...like 1$ per kg which is not reasonable and doesn't make sense so people do not trust honeys on the shelves that much, eve
  7. because it is in public interest? first, I'm interested in types of honey which you have there... I'm a young beekeeper and still learning what is valuable in each country. we have a disaster on the honey market in my country because the national association is "making prices" in coordination with refiners/resellers/distributers instead of with producers so I wonder how are prices going elsewhere and how much beekeepers appreciate their work and honeys...
  8. those are awesome numbers by the numbers beekeeping is like a hobby. Thats nice. Is the number increasing by years? beside the beekeeping association, what is the other group? any website? do you know what are the benefits of membership at any of those associations?
  9. you said that a person nearly poisoned a fair few people doing that a few years back. What happened?
  10. Ok thanks for the answer. About the licensing... what does it mean actually? What conditions must be met in order to be licensed?
  11. What is the situation with pesticides in NZ? Do you have a problem with the pesticides and how you deal with it?
  12. what kind of bees are prevalent in NZ? apis mellifica .....? are there more than one type? what about africanized bees?
  13. can someone answer on a few questions below? Thank you in advance... I'm a beekeeper from Croatia and would like to compare bee/honey situations... how many beekeepers are in NZ? how many small vs. big? I would say small are those under 100 hives? How many hives are in NZ? For example 300.000? Are there more hobbist or commercial beekeepers? What is the total annual production of honey? How much is exported and imported yearly? Where are the exports going the most? What is the average production per hive in NZ? 10 kg? 20 kg? more? How many beekeepers are
  14. Are the doorstep sales allowed by law in NZ? Are the small beekeepers satisfied with the production and sales that way? Possible to live with honey production? Are there many honey buyers/distributors and what are the prices they offer?
  15. Can someone please list the types of honey from New Zeland and allocate those that are the best. If anyone knows please write also the prices at which they are sold at retail (shops / doorstep ... by 1 kg), and wholesale (large quantities, for example 300 + kg). For example in Croatia and neighbour countries we have lots of honeys but those that are the best are chestnut (6-7 EUR on doorstep, 3.5 EUR wholesale) sage (10-12 EUR on doorstep, 5 EUR wholesale) acacia (6-7 EUR on doorstep, 3.5 EUR wholesale) lavander (6-7 EUR on doorstep, 3.5 EUR wholesale) interna (6-7 EUR on doo
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