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Chrisdub

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  1. Indeed, but it has to be PURE honey - ideally not blended with other sugar syrup fillers and good quality stuff, from countries like NZ. Despite the utterly stupid glyphosate-free marketing coup that was attempted (the longer term implications of this were commented on by another in a different thread) there is nothing better than dark, aromatic NZ honey for soothing the inflamed throat. Three days ago, that special tonsilitis feeling flared for me (as it does frequently enough to be annoying but not for surgery) and given current conditions, a visit to the Doc would likely be less than pr
  2. That is sadly true - in fact one of the 'stupidly' things that was done was the loose use of the phrase "low grade" honey and aligning it with the 'low value' and - ahem - the strong inference that it was therefore, 'low quality'. Then, when queried about the usage of 'words' was explained that it was just an industry term and that - ahem - it wasn't actually used in marketing to customers (was it? ...) horse bolted, door closed.
  3. If those two TV news items were months in the making, then it really does speak volumes (of trash) about the overall quality of ANY news item being presented. On a personal note, I was actually suffering skin-creep during the second such item and not over the use of round-up. It was bad, but for reasons of delivery and choice of the interviewee(s). The tenuous relationship between beekeepers and farmers - well, I would not like to see that person coming on to my farm again. Whether other companies were approached or not, how are we to know. Puriti answered the (one and only ?) call, p
  4. Looking at adding an agitator or stirring mechanism to add to my existing honey tank. Had a quick flick through the googles and see that there are various sorts on the market for food applications - not specifically for honey but for solids/general blending both overhead and portable options. Has anyone successfully retro-fitted a tank stirring system for batch homogenisation in the up to 5 drum category?
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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 ar
  8. 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.
  9. Crikey, I always thought it was dairy farm trucks to avoid ...
  10. 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
  11. 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)
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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, b
  15. 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.
  16. 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 a
  17. 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?
  18. Perhaps it will need "farming" like everything else - or at least some form of management to ensure it is kept producing and the senescent manuka is replaced by new seedlings, if it doesn't propagate itself adequately.
  19. I would highly doubt it unless of course the boxes are still intact and containing frames ....
  20. You must surely have somewhere beeproof where you keep your honey boxes, at least? In a manner that minimises (or eliminates) risk could also mean strapping up with boards top and bottom and pallet wrapping and storing in a cool shady location or somewhere all together where it can be monitored, from time to time, and assessed for bee-tightness? There are ways to work it out, I'm sure. In applying a written code of good management practice to not keep deadouts in random places that could at some point unbeknownst to the owning beekeeper become infected with AFB and
  21. Well, its a bit of a squint at your annual accounts and look at where the absolute expenses lie and what can be spent for a season and what can't. After paring down to the nub, then compare against your average production I guess would be a starting point or something like that. I reckon @Alastair has a fair handle on it.
  22. With a few people actually saying large crops are achievable - and they certainly are given the right circumstances (the roulette wheel ...) its a bit of a moot point given the lack of real selling/buying right now. 150 kg at $1.50 per kg might cover some costs but not enough in this day and age. Its a hard one with the season on the cusp and what do we do with yet more honey that we have to store under RMP compliance to ensure that it is fully exportable, at some time, perhaps. Talk about actively not wanting to produce a honey crop whilst maintaining bee health and bee stocks! Any
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