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  1. has any body used the plastic frame cleaning device that is attached to a hot water blaster. The frames are then push though and the water cleans them ready for re use AKA a Powershot Double Sided Frame Cleaner
  2. I would be interested to hear peoples thoughts on the AFB levy increase just announced
  3. Alistair A way to think about it is would you be happy being stop by the police and questioned every time you walked down the road because you look dodgy, but when in fact you are not breaking any law The reason you look dodgy is because your neigbour thinks anybody who drives a red ute must be breaking the law.
  4. A lab test of a sample of honey that has AFB material only shows that it has AFB material in it. Nothing more If its a DNA test it only shows that is contains DNA. Does the DNA test show that the material is capable of causing and infection ? Does heating AFB material above 160 destroy that AFB DNA? Did the DNA come from the foundation wax or wax sprayed onto plastic frames? There are many question that need to be asked before the positive DNA test can be used to say a Beekeeper has a problem. The PMP requires only one inspection per year for clinical symptoms of AFB. There is no requirement to inspect your hives when removing the honey. It is therefore quit possible to extract AFB infected honey from a hive which may be picked up in the testing. This does not mean you are non compliant as long as you have done your yearly inspection and have some traceability. The size of the batch and how many hives per batch is important. There are many small sellers of honey in various stores, super markets, one line etc. Some of the batches could be 100kgs which may have only come off 3 hives. Maybe the neighboring beekeeper had a AFB hive robbed out by the hives with the honey sample with AFB material in it My point is that there are too many questions/possibility about the AFB testing of honey sample to make claims that a positive sample means the beekeeper in non compliant with the AFB PMP It mealy says it contains AFB Material
  5. Honey testing only really works when hives are not moved about. I am aware of a positive test in honey and the hives on the site were not the hives on site when the retail sample was tested. The Agency in there usual bullying way were not interested. I believe that a lot of the proposed testing methods are greatly flawed. The labs may be able to detected stuff in the samples but unless the taking of samples is done in a scientific way the lab results are useless. A AP2 poping past to take samples will never be a scientific method
  6. Dear Members, As you may know, the AFB PMP Management Agency has proposed an increase in levies of 25% for the 2021/22 levy year. NZ Beekeeping supports the PMP’s objectives and does not begrudge paying reasonable levies to fund the PMP. However, on top of last year’s increase for commercial beekeepers, the levy increase is intolerable at a time when beekeepers are struggling to remain financially viable. Your Executive are sufficiently concerned at the continual increases in the levy and offer the following suggestions if members and those on our wider mailing list also have concerns. We have listed here are some aspects of the budget that have not been sufficiently explained so you can make an informed decision regarding the budget. You might like to drop in a submission to the management agency or use the NZB template to send your views. For some, even a 10c per colony levy increase can be a significant amount spread over a number of hives: A 25% increase in fees is not desirable nor does the proposed budget show anything to say that the increase is necessary or justified. We live in times of constraint and we want the agency to reconsider, for example, the benefit of testing 1,000 honey samples. What is the proposed cost and how many AFB hives has previous testing located? The agency has provided insufficient information for anybody to construct a better informed view of the finances. This is despite every year of asking for more detailed information relating to a breakdown of expense categories. The levy order provides that there should be adequate time for the agency to consult with levy payers with information that would allow greater understanding where money comes from and goes to with the PMP. This has not happened. The agency have provided a 16 day consultation time span for beekeeper input and yet allows itself 117 days to consider levy payers views, set and notify the levy rate by the required date of 20 Jan 2021. This is grossly unfair to the levy payers. The agency appears to have listed the AFB recognition course and default inspections as an expense to all levy payers, whereas these items are cost recovered items. Adequate financial interpretation should see a reduction of levies in this instance. The agency have budgeted $170,000 for the next review of the PMP in 2023. NZ Beekeeping welcomes the review as a time to consider if there need to be changes to the management of the PMP. But we think that the review should be conducted by an independent group of beekeepers and MPI as happened for the last review. It is not appropriate for the management agency that have an obvious conflict of interest to lead the review process. The agency have built substantial reserves over the years. Any costs associated with the PMP review could be covered by reserves. Finally, it has become a part of the consultation process of the management agency to include a survey as part of the consultation. NZBI thinks that the survey is a 'Push Poll' where the participants are led into providing a response that the Agency wants to hear. Instead, NZBI suggests levy payers present their view as a submission rather than participating in the survey. For example the rate of the levy is established as a mathematical calculation once the budget is accepted by levy payers. To accept the budget levy payers should be provided estimates based on realistic appraisals of the program costs and expected income. The ‘levy’ is the amount required to balance the books divided by the levy base. For the agency to ask in a survey “Do you agree that the levy rate for 2021/22 should be fixed at $1.70 per colony and $40 per beekeeper?” is a question that cannot be answered until levy payers are provided sufficient information that allows them to do the maths to confirm yes or no that $1.70 per colony and $40 per beekeeper will provide sufficient income to balance the books. Kind regards, Jane JANE LORIMER PRESIDENT New Zealand Beekeeping Incorporated Email: info@nzbeekeeping.co.nz
  7. To me the real question is how do i know to suspect that the apiary is unregistered. The most flashest of hives have been known to be unregistered, big corporate hives have been known to be unregistered and so on Apiaries full of dead hives can be registered So do we just report all apiaries we see as un registered Just looking for some meaningful guidance
  8. From the August Diary Why not just contact the owner and have a polite chat, maybe offer some help and be a decent member of the beekeeping community . At some point you may need some help so its a good idea to pay it forward
  9. Just remember that is not the land owners property or their place to give permission to take a look You might end up with the police knocking at your door. I have seen wanted posters, complete with photos, put up when hives have been tampered with.
  10. With Assure-quality no longer supplying the AP1 the checks and balances that the upper management of Assure quality are no longer in place. The AFB PMP needs someone or a group to keep it in check. Since ApiNZ are the management agency its not them. So that leaves NZBeekeeping as nobody else has stepped forward . Levy payers dont have the right to change the governance of the AFB PMP when they feel a change is needed. So we end up with frustrated people hiring lawyers.
  11. This flyer turned up today NZBI Mini Conference - Programme 2020.pdf
  12. Any body heard about the conference next month ?
  13. First thing is that as Dennis is a Api rep and Api run the AFB PMP . There for Dennis is speaking for Api and hence the AFB board Next thing Please read the levy order and you will fined a few things stuffed up. To me the main thing that jumps out is the start date of the levy. Clearly states the hive levy year starts in the 2019/2020 year. But the thing is you have already paid for the 2019/2020 year . So you only need to pay the difference between the bills. Now the AFB people will always say "we must follow what the law says" If you ask about the double billing you will get a threatening reply. The Invoice has no levy year on it but the levy order talks about levy years. I wrote a letter to MPI asking about the levy year. Got a reply fill of waffle but id did contain the word confusion So my take is that there are mistakes in the levy order, Dennis is trying to cover them up to ensure they receive money to run the AFB PMP. NZ beekeeping inc lawyers (who are seldom wrong where Api lawyers are often wrong) also believe the levy order is faulty(I base this on there news letters)
  14. Someone has had a bad day https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/119078492/bee-truck-crash-under-investigation-in-waitara
  15. Not quite correct. They can control the the industry because they have a single marketing desk. Until the honey industry goes back to the single sales desk none of the controls will happen
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