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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 ???
  4. 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 full list of what we lost including predicted income from pollination then honey crop. SOOO this is what he got.....4 months Home Detention, 9 months supervision, and was ordered to repay $15000 to us at $150 per week. Because I've been busy extracting I couldn't go to the court but wish I had just to hear what he had to say, I'm so angry and disappointed with the system. And as well I advised both Asure Quality and MPI of the reg no. of the recipient of the hives but I don't think anything was done. I'll be following up on that as soon as I have a break. At least we can move on now but we've learnt a bit on the way.
  5. @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.
  6. @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
  7. @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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Still waiting for sentencing in January. Probably not enough to cover our losses
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 .
  14. 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.
  15. Heads up for the Whakatane district beeks . So today we discovered 20 hives plus pallets stolen off one of our sites. We were just finishing our possum block (grocery money for these hard times) and no 2 man called up to say um I think you had better come and have a look. He has very good records so as soon as they drove into the site they new something was amiss. I don't often swear but today I had to - it feels like some of my babies have been lost.
  16. manz

    Bee Poo

    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
  17. 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.
  18. Went last year. Well worth it and a good chance to catch up with other beekeepers.
  19. 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.
  20. This is my paperwork ? Should have attached this to my last post but haven't learnt how to edit yet.
  21. 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?
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Tested it in front of the hives before putting too many baitstations up.
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