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  1. I agree it looks like the best manual un capper I have seen. It will be good if it can work on uneven comb - particularly when the capping is level with or inside the top and bottom bar. I'll buy one if there is a suitable process. Cheers
  2. Just checked my town hives (Remuera) and all are thriving with new brood, eggs and stores. Drones as well.
  3. Seems to be a very patchy flow this summer in the upper North Island from reading the diary notes here. I took 4 heavy boxes off two city hives (Remuera, Auckland) prior to New Year and now think that may be it for the season. I have other hives at Point Wells, Matakana and there will no honey for the beekeeper there either. Very slim pickings - in fact for the first time I am contemplating feeding if there's no flow through autumn. Most unusual for each of these hive locations. Interested in what others are experiencing in both those areas - and elsewhere. Cheers Roger
  4. It's known as "grandfather's axe". Original, had 2 new heads and 3 handles since he bought it...
  5. I think cabbage tree nectar is clear.
  6. Roger

    AFB action

    Not negative - just bemoaning the paucity of data.
  7. Roger

    AFB action

    The vital data missing was how many beekeepers actually responded to the survey. Assuming the 97% is correct then the total respondees could be as few as 100 beekeepers (that's about a quarter of the Auckland Beekeepers Club, by the way). The fact there was no survey data detail makes one suspicious as to the level of analysis supporting their contention. Feels like fluff and spin. Lies, damn lies and statistics as Benjamin Disraeli (writer of fiction and British PM) was quoted.
  8. Agree - it's a good solution - either pour it into each side or squirt it in with a plastic drink bottle holding the frame upright. Quick and dirty.
  9. Losing 20% of your frames/potential brood space is a negative for expanding a nuc.
  10. Just fill a ziplock bag with syrup. Place it on top of the frames and make some small cuts in the Baggie and the bees will drain it quickly. If you have some drawn comb that is empty of either brood or nectar then squirt syrup into the frame /comb and replace in the hive.
  11. Try these guys UPS - PBTech.co.nz computer uninterrupted power supplies. Just plug and play. There's a range of prices depending on what the load is likely to be. I can't imagine an incubator will be a large load for a cheaper/smaller UPS @Rob Stockley may have a comment. They also provide surge protection. Snap - with details!
  12. Alternatively go to New Zealand Topographic Map - NZ Topo Map zoom in and pinpoint your spot. In the left column of the page you can toggle between GPS or convert to NZTM coordinates for the spot you have highlighted. APIWEB accepts either GPS or NZTM coordinates from memory.
  13. Ideally there should be room for a queen to lay. Swap in some drawn comb frames if you can.
  14. Are you talking about the biro? :whistle:
  15. Important question to consider is which side you will have the entrance - probably entrance from the right would be my suggestion with the TBH perpendicular to the fence. That will mean bees exit/arrive that side and you can work on the hive from the left side where there is less congestion and you won't be in the way of the flightline. The site looks a bit shady - what sort of sun does it get through the winter?
  16. Dumb for who? Seller? buyer? It could be the origin of 4 or more hives by now. That $770 investment may now have a capital value of $2-3k as hives and generating perhaps $2000 pa in honey sales. Perhaps it's the foundation of a queen breeding business making 30 queens every 20 days at $50 a pop. I think the focus on entry price is completely missing the point.
  17. Not at all, nothing to apologise for. I know you were. It was a helpful conversation all along.
  18. You will be on to the costs @tony but i think the points are well made that there is good margin in a well managed beekeeping business and the so called high costs of acquiring hives are not prohibitive (I was making no comment about borrowing by the way) . @Philbee further develops the theory by showing a split of one of these expensive hives will make nirvana that much easier.
  19. Really? There are bankers desperate to don a veil and do what to protect their newly acquired asset? I don't think so. If I sold a hive for anything north of $500 I would be more than happy to make good on a queen warranty at a cost of $53 next Spring. If a hive can produce say 20kg of Manuka (1 box) and the honey conservatively sells for say $20 per kg then that's $400 in gross revenue. Cost of goods are say what? Strips $10 Inspections 5 @ 30' at $40 per hour $100 Extraction $20 ######ing around/ stuff $70 Total Cogs $200 Gross sales $400 less CoGs $200 Gross Margin $200 Imagine buying the hive for $1000 - it's at worst a 5 year payback on very conservative revenue and a high cost assessment. Looks doable to me. Of course there's risk around flow and so on but I expect someone paying a bit for a hive will know what the potential is - a bad year followed by a 40kg flow will feel sweet, if you'll pardon the pun. Bring it on I say. Cheers
  20. If you are wondering about a roof top hive because you have a concern about bees flying in at ground level then if you have the room in the section a simple fence of say 2m high shade cloth around the hive (with room to work the hive) will force the bees to circle up and out and return the same way - that will eliminate a conveyor belt of bees at head height coming through the section.
  21. I would swap the boxes - encourage her to lay in the upper box, where there is space.
  22. Dansar is right - all the pieces of the export supply chain need to have an RMP. Companies like Mainfreight are registered because they store export honey. Here's the MPI reference: Risk Management Programmes (RMPs) for bee products If you process or store bee products for export, you must operate under a registered RMP. You can develop this using a template and Code of Practice (COP). Who operates under an RMP You must operate under an RMP if you export to countries that require official assurances and are one of the following: a secondary processor – that is, you extract, process, pack or store bee products an operator who stores bee products intended for export. There are 2 RMPs which apply to bee product businesses: Bee products RMP, which is used by secondary processors RMP for stores (cold & dry), which is used by operators who only store bee products for export. The link is here: Risk Management Programmes (RMPs) for bee products, Honey & bee, MPI, food The problem is honey from somewhere labelled and sold as Manuka in China. Yes that's the issue in 1. I attended a conference recently and Manuka adulteration or straight counterfeit was a key topic. MPI are trying to establish biomarkers that identify Manuka from other honey and said they were confident they were making progress. Another speaker (International bloke) said the German Honey Institute (world's foremost honey institution) had been trying to establish biomarkers for varietal honey for 20 years (in Germany) without success as the bees are both non-discriminatory when discharging their cargo of nectar and pollen on arrival (i.e. dump the load in a cell and move on) or discriminatory as they sometimes separate pollens elsewhere in coordinated way i.e. not stored with the nectar they brought in on that mission. The conclusion being the pollen in a cell is not necessarily from the flower the nectar came from. A contrasting comment was made at the conference that a major manuka seller was not inclined to accept biomarkers. The inference was establishing accurate assays of manuka would severely curtail the amount of Manuka able to be sold. Hmmm, interesting was the least of my thoughts.
  23. I think your final line is the important one (and without being a pedant I am not sure whether Mali (Timbuctoo is the capital..)) requires honey export under an RMP. I think the point is the exporter will be in trouble, not you, if they try to export honey to countries on the RMP list that comes from an unregistered non-listed source. Therefore the likely response will be all exporters will ask their suppliers to register so they have flexibility and ease of operations. The regs to Australia reflect the harmonised trading plans between the two countries where there is a special relationship and a joint food safety approach and board. I don't know how much trading goes on between exporters as they create certain blends......but unless the honey has RMP approval it won't form part of the trade in future. This move by MPI may effectively require all honey for export to be extracted under RMP.
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