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  1. Crazy busy at the moment with kiwifruit pollination. Been working every day for the last 2 weeks (the staff generally have the weekends off) and most of that has been in the rain !!!! Massive thunderstorms here in the last 2 days but the orchardists still want hives. BUT some of them have now decided they will either trim their shelter belts while the hives are in or just the day before. The boys had a truckload of 30 last night to go in and apart from the ground being sodden and nearly getting stuck they also couldn't get down the lane way so had to offload all of them in the loading bay at
  2. Had the lowest tests for a number of years for all of our drums (20T) until the last harvest in March which came in just over the limit.
  3. Today's newspaper (The Beacon) had the name of the guy so I'm putting it on here. His name is Mark Owen. We still haven't had anything in writing but some of the details in the paper weren't correct but because we dealt with different people (police and prosecuter) usually on the phone it looks like some facts have been altered or left out. It wouldn't have changed his sentence though.
  4. I'm just waiting till next week to talk to the court guy before I release his name or photo. He's on holiday and I want something in writing before I say anything I'm not supposed to. And it hasn't been reported in The Beacon newspaper yet. @Sailabee he doesn't have his own hives - he was supplying his cousin (or some other family member) we think, that's why I alerted MPI and Asure Quality because apparently the guy only had 5 hives recorded so where did our 80 go ???
  5. I can finally give an update to our stolen hives. After about 6 weeks of camera surveillance and identifying the thief the police were able to catch him at his home in his "honey shed". He had eventually stolen 80 hives in total but we were only able to recover 30 empty boxes and some lids. He had a nice little set up where he was fibreglassing over our branded number, repainting then painting a new Reg number on. He confessed to some sites but not the ones we had him on camera so he was caught every way. He pleaded guilty (no choice really) and was finally sentenced yesterday. We submitted a
  6. @tristan I used to be a dairy farmer in Ruawai so I know about the humidity up there. Don't miss it. This morning at 9am it was 36deg in the shed !!! - I'm glad I've got tomorrow off cause it's supposed to get worse.
  7. @Bron I know what you mean. Been roped into extracting this year to save employing another worker which we can't afford. Should have taken today's temp - it got to 38 at 1pm !! We try to start before 7am so we can finish by 2pm but doesn’t always work that way. Plus my feet are aching from standing on the concrete floor all day. Every hour or so I walk into the cool store and hug the walls? Looks like the next few days are going to be even hotter ?
  8. @Matt I agree when I was dairy farming 10 years ago we always had a cow with symptoms similar to M Bovis so I'm sure it's been in nz for a while. Because it didn't seem to spread to the rest of the herd we didn't worry about it and the vets had no idea. I've just read in the local paper that a herd in Opotiki has been infected so I feel for the people involved having to destroy all their livestock. ?
  9. We got about 30 empty boxes back, some lids and bases but no bees though. And we had just put about 20 new queens out in one site he targeted ?? most of the sites were one brood box but due for the second box to get ready for splitting later to go in pollination so a lot of hard work down the drain.
  10. When the police arrested him he was busy repainting and rebranding our boxes (the few that have been recovered ). We're not sure who he was supplying (a family member we believe) but I informed both MPI and Asure Quality of the registration number but as yet don't know if they followed it up. He had gear from other beeks as well !!!! We still have to have a further meeting with police prior to sentencing so should know more by then. I must add the police have been amazing from the start so no complaints with them.
  11. Still waiting for sentencing in January. Probably not enough to cover our losses
  12. I know how you feel. We had 80 stolen over a 2 month period over winter. We put trail cameras everywhere and finally caught him. Silly mongrel kept coming back for more.
  13. Not insured. Can't think of anyone who might want to do this. We thought maybe we should offer a reward for any info or recovery of the hives.
  14. Well today it got worse. Another 32 hives stolen overnight !!!!! Our sites are in the local Forest behind locked gates but unfortunately this week contractors have been working in there and have been leaving the gates open. The police and Forest Security have been advised but we are putting more cameras out incase they come back. They had blocked up the entrance with a rubber matting material so we have kept that as evidence. Our Registration number is D0871. It's really disheartening as they were bursting with bees getting ready for splitting and pollination .
  15. Matahina. I would say they are long gone by now - it would have happened within the last 3 weeks. The rest of the site will be moved ASAP in case they come back. The thieves would have known what they were doing. All our boxes are branded and lids and bases are our own design so we will know them if we ever see them again.
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