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  1. A very good question. Whilst the mono "number" is 5 or greater, what "good 2MAP" means is wide open for speculation? I would love to hear from anyone who thinks they know what "good 2MAP" actually is .... or certainly what the buyers are using as their leverage points. It just seems like another way to exclude product that is actually very good and drive down the value, but maybe I am being too cynical.
  2. No-one it seems. Bits and pieces here and there perhaps - piecemeal approach and potentially only picking the cream of your crop out of your stores?
  3. I realistically don't think building another shed is affordable for anyone right now. It seems to be a case of container cities and RMP boundaries expanded around the footprint to squeeze as much as possible without having to spend money on a total RMP site map overhaul. It depends on the space you have on the site I guess. Before I would have said the larger would survive, but I just don't know now. C reporting negative earnings but in reality how much is accounting "management" for its long term benefit? I'm more a fan of accepting the price we are offered (if you are even offered a price) and moving the oldest crop (if you can) Isn't ANY cashflow is better than NO cashflow? Honey isn't perfect forever in a variable storage environment (shipping container vs temperature controlled building) and in a rustable drum. The hot summer (no, it's nothing unusual really, experienced plenty) means that some honey stored in shipping containers longer term may will be at risk of going over acceptable levels of HMF (unless of course they are all hooked up and refrigerated which i doubt) and drums themselves will deteriorate if condensation pools. How many can spare the time and money to offload all the drums and inspect them every so often for deterioration and collect samples to monitor product spoilage (or not). Maybe I am overly compliance-concerned in that respect. Is it possible we could we reach a point where buyers might just refuse to purchase honey that was extracted and stored say 3 years ago unless it has effectively been frozen? Holding out for a certain price is fraught with possibilities of loss along the way and selling at any price isn't a recipe for long-term success. Ok, yes, I was rambling but sometimes the head is assailed with thoughts.
  4. Hmm, maybe. But then again, the welfare of the horse is paramount (pardon the slight pun) and insofar as the spending of the $ - independent horsewomen (I should say horse people to be correct these days) tend to value truck maintenance higher than their bank managers even ... (think about it ... 🤣) However, I shall never again assume that all bee folk are good truck maintainers then .... somewhat a dashed perspective right there.
  5. Crikey, I always thought it was dairy farm trucks to avoid ...
  6. I get a google alert for "honey" most of which end up being superficial references to screen stars eating honey, being honey, playing honey, a honey of a house ... then the odd "journalistic" piece that gives you pause for thought. Exactly what are people going to eat in future .... https://www.fastcompany.com/90457908/eating-honey-is-more-complicated-than-you-might-think
  7. Up near View Hill / Oxford Forest I see there is a big bee farm - 2,500,000 bees according to the gate sign. They were flying over 1km away at the view hill car park and getting into the Manuka?? bushes there. The number of beehives in the Mt Oxford area is absolutely massive - would blow your mind - all there for honey dew as that is the predominant honey sort. What little manuka is there would just infect good honey dew (a far nicer honey anyhow)
  8. The weather is the critical issue in this area though. it might flower but it is too cold for active bee flying, or just too darned windy. Its not easy gathering a crop of anything unless you get a bit of leeway with some fine enough and warm enough weather, aside from all the other factors.
  9. Ha well that shows how long it has been since I was last at a forestry convention! I suppose that like kanuka was re-classified as kunzea ericoides ... as do other species over time as more data comes to the fore.
  10. The scale insect (depending on its range) can and does produce manuka honey dew (taps into the sap stream and it drips the sap which the bees collect in the same manner) and have had it come in on the odd lean year but it seems to be only collected in certain conditions, although the scale insect is usually confined to the nothofagus species. The one year is was in extractable quantities several years back, the manuka looked amazing in jars when it set naturally over time, the liquid surrounding suspended crystalline masses like a slurry of coffee crystals in light-ish coloured honey dew, but of course tasting of manuka! Sometimes fascinating things happen but you don't often record them as you are busy!
  11. The squint is for the understandings of how to make anything work without an iron fist approach perhaps. And I agree re the overall health comment. However, if several medical practitioners were in one locale and the general health of the populus was thus, one might have to question it a little. 🤔
  12. The production part - this sort of comes back around to the idea of a hive numbers per region type quota which was bandied around a while ago as a way of limiting hives:forage availability. No amount of squinting could make me see how that could be made to work without offering to bail out some "businesses" (incentivise them to exit) to reduce the pressure. Of course, that would have to come from open accounts and proof that they were running a sustainable business prior, so I think, it won't fly. Bee health - challenged by some general incompetence in the actual management of bees as a livestock type, you mean?
  13. yes, I got between $5.10 and $6.30 ish plus GST / kg on a range of prices. As it has been said plenty, depends if you are carrying debt. It would be nice to see prices "lift" to this in NZ and have sales going ahead. So, who is pulling the chain?
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