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manz last won the day on March 15 2018

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  1. manz

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    Have they thought about checking if they are in the flight path of an apiary site ?? I get this all the time on my car from bees on our home block (now moved). Have to waterblast to get it off. https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/109210210/what-is-the-mystery-substance-splattering-down-on-waitara-residents
  2. We currently write all our information on the top of drums and this has been okayed by Asure Quality at our Audits. I have seen printed labels stuck on drums before and wondered where you can get them from. Also what information does everyone put on. I currently put our RMP code, Product of NZ, honey, drum code, year, Gross, Tare and Nett weights. I have tried searching the MPI web site but after being redirected to various pages and still not finding anything I gave up. That site is horrendous and a real time waster as I keep finding stuff I didn't know about so start reading before going back to my original search.
  3. Went last year. Well worth it and a good chance to catch up with other beekeepers.
  4. So we had our Audit on Monday. 4 hours later!!! we have a pass with 4 Non-Conformances and 4 Observations. One of the observations is to do with Product Recall. The last Auditor gave me a printout which she said was sufficient but the new Auditor said no its not. So having read the Guidance Material which is 41 pages long I will now draft another document for my files. Has anyone ever done a mock recall which is a requirement. And what detail do you all put in your document - we only sell our drums to 2 large buyers so I don't see why I would need to put ads in paper and radio. The Non-Conformances were that I hadn't done a training log for myself, a building and plant maintenance log has to be kept, we had written Manuka honey on our drums before getting test results (fair enough - we've just deleted the word Manuka) and I hadn't used the latest version of the HD which came into effect on 7th March, I had used the 5th February ones so I have to redo from March onwards.
  5. This is my paperwork ? Should have attached this to my last post but haven't learnt how to edit yet.
  6. Audit being done tomorrow. Had a final look through the honey shed today. The staff left early on Friday so I thought yay they've cleaned everything to my satisfaction BUT NO ? I spent all morning cleaning - they won't have time in the morning before she arrives so thought I'd better do it myself. SIGH. I'm pretty confident everything is in order but you don't know what new stuff might turn up on the day. New auditor as well so she might want to start from scratch. The last one knew our shed well so was usually a breeze. At least we've finished extracting. Has anyone struck anything new since the standards changed?
  7. I've looked into various software for record keeping but our staff prefer notebooks. I use excel spreadsheets for things such as dates in and out of pollination, where they came from and went to, then what honey sites they go to and where they return to for wintering, also mite control but apart from that our whiteboard at the honey shed works really well. We write on the lids for anything that needs requeening or to watch and new queens are written on the front of the hive. Why change what works.
  8. We used to use Methyl Bromide in 3 shipping containers but are no longer allowed to. Two years ago we built a cool store attached to the extracting shed and now we just turn the chiller on and have never had a problem since except in the warm room where some supers sat for a week before extraction and the moths hatched. We set the chiller at 3 deg C and it works well.
  9. Tested it in front of the hives before putting too many baitstations up.
  10. Put our Vespex out today. Wasps went straight for it - even watched some flying away with bits hopefully in the direction of their nest.
  11. manz


    Agree totally. Our last Audit we were actually extracting, first time in about 4 audits!! The boys were not wearing hair nets (both have No 1's) and she complained but I said the Health and Safety for my boys is more important. It gets up to 40 deg in the room and we certainly know we've done a full day in there. She says "can't you put air con in there" um no we need to keep it warm for the honey to keep moving, she had no idea how things work. We've had honey buyers visiting who have said we have the cleanest shed in NZ that they have seen so that's what matters to us. We are due our next audit shortly but will be finished extracting by then so things won't have changed since last Audit.
  12. Too many low branches where I hunt to use a horse ?. BUT we have just bought a thermal imager (on the books as a beekeeping device) but we will use it for hunting ?
  13. We live next to the young boys uncle. He was here this arvo for Friday drinks and is still very upset about it. We have discussed at length with our crew about how easy this can happen. The boss and I don't sleep at night until we hear the trucks come home at night/early mornings. At the moment we have a situation with a DOC site where the road has started washing away and the hives are due to come home. We are definitely going to helicopter them out to the nearby camp site to load them up. In our minds a little expense is worth it for the safety of our staff. The annoying part is the road was washed out during last year's floods, there was a DOC worker there last week and he said yeah we are getting a digger in but we have waited months for them to fix it and still have to pay for access all the while it is getting worse.
  14. My boys just can't understand that if they leave their suit folded up in the truck bin after a whole week taking honey off it will not last very long. I reminded them this arvo to leave them with me for washing....yes Manz will do, but I had to pull them out and am just about to hang them on the line now after a 2hr wash to get them anywhere near clean!!!!! I'm getting to the stage where they can start wearing dirty suits or wash their own. Sorry rant over.
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