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  1. Hi there,

     

    I was wondering if anyone knows the current going rate for monofloral Manuka with an MGO of 400 - 475. Got a fair bit currently stored in drums, I'm thinking about putting on the market.

     

    cheers

  2. 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

     

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  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 2 hours ago, Sailabee said:

    So your not really in Auckland?  We don't really understand 'freezing' in a South Island way up here.

     

    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

  7. 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

  8. 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

     

     

     

     

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