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    Honey Bros Limited
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  1. Hi There, I have heard that bees only go to flowering Manuka if it is their only option... as they prefer rewarewa or clover for example. However, recently I have heard experienced beekeepers say the opposite? Does anyone have any opinion on this based on facts/experience? Cheers
  2. Hi There, I see some companies market their Manuka as medical grade. At what UMF does Manuka become medical grade? I saw something online that said UMF 10+ and over is considered medical grade, is this correct? Cheers I have since found this on Comvita's website for those interested: "Certified UMF® Manuka Honey with a 10+ or higher rating is medical grade and therapeutic for the skin." Cheers I have since found this on Comvita's website for those interested: "Certified UMF® Manuka Honey with a 10+ or higher rating is medical grade and therapeutic for the skin." Cheers
  3. Hi all, is anyone lucky enough to have a manuka block, finding it it’s flowering early this season compared to last couple of seasons? cheers
  4. So all honey is <36?
  5. Hi There, I was wondering if someone could answer the following question... Manuka DNA Cq <36 is required by MPI to be classed Manuka. Can bush honey have Manuka DNA <36? cheers
  6. Hi there, When it comes to storing honey for potentially long periods of time in 300kg drums. Is room temperature generally ok? Or if you have the option, would it be better stored in temperature controlled rooms? thanks
  7. Hi Guys, got the the results back for those interested. Multi Floral Manuka under MPI regulations. cheers
  8. Hi there, got the following results back after 3 in 1 test..... DHA mg/kg 1430 HMF mg/kg 3.3 MGO mg/kg 223 would you press on and do the 5 in 1 with these results? cheers
  9. Do they successfully work in the South Island? Or is it easier for them to stay warm for winter in the wooden bottom boards? cheers
  10. Thanks for the reply. I understand the science, just curious for some feedback off someone who has personally wintered with them in freezing conditions. cheers
  11. Hi there, can colonies successfully winter with the Hive doctor bottom boards in freezing conditions? 0 to -5 degrees? Or would they get to cold? thanks
  12. Hi everybody, does anyone one have a rule of thumb on how late they make splits in the new year. i know there are a few variables. But, say you are willing to feed them up in Autumn. thanks
  13. That’s my line of thinking too. I mentioned the robbing/disease to this gentleman in Canada who practices the open feeding. he replied the following; robbing: he said he places the barrel 50m away from the apiary, which replicated a nectar flow. He thought feeding each individual hive encourages robbing more so than his method, because it attracts other bees and wasp directly to the hive (especially with spillage), rather than drawing them 50m away to the barrel. Drowning: he said if you compact that barrel with enough straw, no more drown than they do in the feeders inside the hive. disease: from memory his thoughts were diseases couldn’t be transferred through sugar water, and that if there were hives with disease in the area your apiary would be affected either way. I thought his reply’s were interesting enough, even if I didn’t agree with him
  14. Thanks for the reply. what if it was an apiary on a 2000 acre farm, where you were as sure as one can be about all your beehives being disease free. still a terrible idea in your opinion?
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