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Alastair last won the day on May 26

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About Alastair

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  1. Alastair

    Protecting Manuka - It's Happening

    The lycra? Yeah, why would anyone do that to themselves
  2. Alastair

    Protecting Manuka - It's Happening

    Yes, I think it's a problem in our society. Govt. and other organisations have an enquiry into this, that, or whatever, and it turns into a money fest. Consultants charge based on what they think they can get away with, clients pay cos they need boxes ticked. The outcome of some govt enquiries are what we all knew in the first place.
  3. Alastair

    Protecting Manuka - It's Happening

    Yes, I've always liked UMF. Nice and simple, plus originally that's what people wanted, the unique manuka factor.
  4. Alastair

    Protecting Manuka - It's Happening

    Kinda lost most of my faith in those after the Auckland City failed rebrand debacle. 3 million bucks on expert consultants and a few months after launch of the new logo and ongoing public roasting, they threw the logo away, and I'm pretty sure I could have designed a better logo myself, for 1/2 the price.
  5. Alastair

    Protecting Manuka - It's Happening

    Thanks for the explanation Adam, and although the holding image created a ruckus, heck it's just the holding image, time to move on. Great to have someone bringing in fresh ideas. Are you working purely on your own behalf now, or are you part of a group? Where will you source the honey you will be marketing? Are you looking at other products than just manuka honey?
  6. Alastair

    Protecting Manuka - It's Happening

    LOL Frazz you must have a talent for recognising poor brand labeling. I recall when Ecrotek was first formed they had an emblem that looked like 2 bees mating. As I recall, it was you that first pointed that out, and Ecrotek removed it shortly afterwards.
  7. Alastair

    queen rearing Beetek Ultimate One Piece Queen Cage

    Many years ago the guys I worked for sent queens to Canada in those cages, or a very similar version, when they first came out. And weird as it may sound the Canadians could not figure out how to work the cages and ended up breaking the cages apart and direct releasing the queens into the package bees.
  8. Alastair

    The Department of Conservation.

    LOL. Doubt he will remember me but I knew him around 35 years ago when I was in Gizzy myself. He was a woolly headed kid with a handful of hives, wanted to go commercial but I didn't offer him any advice cos I thought he wouldn't make it. Later I found my judgement was wrong.
  9. Alastair

    The Department of Conservation.

    Peter Lamb?
  10. Alastair

    The Department of Conservation.

    James I don't get this court case at all. Despite the red tape and bureacracy we have to live with now, if the landowner gave you permission to put hives inside his fenced land and you did that, but the land turned out to be fenced wrong but actually belonged to DOC, I am sure that a phone call to the right person at DOC would have sorted it if you pleaded ignorance and offered to remove the hives. Unless there is something I'm missing I cannot see why they would waste not just yours, but their own time, in persuing a court case.
  11. Alastair

    The final Reckoning

    Gotta give you some kudos for that Phil, nice work!
  12. Alastair

    The final Reckoning

    Yes, I think it's because there is more work to varroa than just putting strips in. Pre varroa hives were healthier generally, queens lived longer, hives going queenless mid winter was extremely rare, queens going drone layer almost never happened, etc...
  13. Alastair

    The final Reckoning

    How many guys in a truck is an efficiency thing. The cost of running the truck, vs the wasted time ratio. It goes like this. - Let's say a guy can work 100 hives a day, and it involves 1 hour travel. If one guy goes out in a truck, 100 hives get wroked, and there is one man hour wasted sitting in the truck. But if 2 guys go out in the truck, and work 100 hives each, they have to travel to twice as many sites, 2 hours travel. But that's for 2 guys, so it's 4 man hours wasted sitting in the truck. 3 guys, and it's compounded even more. So the more guys, the more travelling time wasted per hive worked. But that has to be balanced against vehicle running costs. Running 3 guys to a site is the same vehicle cost as running one guy to a site. So there is a ratio, that will be different in various situations and is something to consider and factor in.
  14. Alastair

    The final Reckoning

    In one of the beekeeper magazines that came out a few years after varroa arrived there was a discussion about this, and the costs of varroa. At that time they were saying that the 1,000 hives per man that was the norm pre varroa was no longer the case, varroa had caused an increase of workload and the industry norm was now 700 per man. When I worked for a northland beekeeper many years back there was 2 guys running 2,700 hives. However there was also some casual help making frames etc, but not doing bee work.
  15. Alastair

    The final Reckoning

    What BSB said on the previous page made sense also, he's got high per hive labour costs, but they are doing a lot of other stuff as well. But if someone has 3 guys running 500 hives and it's just a straight honey operation, they have some hard schooling coming their way.