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  1. Sounds like your extraction system is identical to mine..
  2. Well i see some sheds emptying in the south no where near as much honey as there was so price may not be right but things are moving, supply and demand will see a recovery...
  3. Maybe i worded that wrong ...i did thankyou for destroying afb hive ,but really the same hives are still toppled some dead some alive umm treated? afb check done? and cafefully tipped back on there side yeah right. We are getting reinvasion . So i guarantee our hives will or have robbed anything weak. I'm not the bad guy I'm the frustraded guy You found a couple afb so not bad enough for 100% inspection . What i am trying to say is ,been beekeeping paying levies , ask for assistance.? Find out the levy I've been paying
  4. Arh yes last 500 boxs to go through plant lockdown was a solid month of getting it done , im 3 weeks from my 8 week lockdown ...cant wait
  5. Sorry just (Word bleeped out by moderator) me off. I spent alot of time photos doing the ground work to make it easy.
  6. Big problem with afb is no one acts on givin information ,i have sent many requests into afbpm they sent inspector (ap2) found a site with all rotten gear knocked around found one hive afb others suspected so destroyed (thank,you). But the rest of said beekeepers outfit was knocked over full sites deadout so the fix for this problem was give said beekeeper a warning to clean his #### up. Meanwhile i moved 300 hives around this guy for pollination ...wounder how my spring will go.... Afbpm needs more authority. No diseased hives yet but i think there will be. Annoys the #### out of m
  7. Im in a clover light area but most will be grade 2 not much real white stuff this way
  8. Hate to say it but much the same. Yes manuka was feed honey no real value. Site rentals i'd never heard of them. Pollination was king. I guess when i started with dad the hope of a better future kept us going,very much like today , my guess prices will settle and beekeeping will become sustainable. (It has to) Pasture pollination fees where talked about but implementing that was in the to hard basket. Maybe this correction will return beekeeping to husband, wife operations? I'm going to hold my head high ,keep positive and hope that my services remain wanted.
  9. Ok so 1995 $3kg -3.5 for water white Diesel 48cents Wage $10 No varroa No extra staff needed. House's under 100k. Fj 45 main beekeeping truck. Shed fees 85$ year Honey was sold every year. Sometimes befor it was in drums Shelf price of honey $4. For 500 grams (I think memory a bit rusty)
  10. The fact is wages h&s general running costs are what they are $4.50 i dont think will cut it.
  11. I have had a few calls ive said i need 6$ to stay in the game ? Not much point in producing a product that cost you to make..
  12. Ive often thought of chasing more pollination, none to be had close by , if i travel out of the district (which would be easy) end result I'm taking work off next guy who is probably struggling enough with out stress of losing valuable work. For me i couldn't do that. Downsizing is the answer i run singles so double up redeploy in spring..???
  13. Problem with letting staff go my problem will become the neighbor's problem and so on and so on
  14. Funny how it all works aye... Paided taxs all our lives built a bussiness on love of the trade and family . Years/genarations of free pasture pollination . Wonder what the pasture will look like in 5 years? There will be survivors i guess ? Will it be me? I have no idea ? But the belt is on the last notch. Hope of a decent $ Hope of a settled future In this situation hope may be a dangerous thing..
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