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tom sayn last won the day on July 19 2015

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  1. i would think that in the far north harvest before 31. 12 should be achievable quite easy and so far that is considered save without testing.
  2. i don't blame them for getting it wrong, i blame them for sitting on it for 3 years know it was wrong, then implementing it anyway. (and obviously for over a year haven't done the slightest bit to fix it). but looks like they did an excellent job to cover their tracks cos nobody seems to know who exactly we have to thank for this and i don't even want to know what this hoax has earned them while they had everyone believing they worked on an billion$ industry solution. if you look at it from a different angle, the history of manuka honey is a tale of how to turn #### into gold. manuka honey once was considered rubbish, the manuka plant a hated weed, manuka land worthless. same storry in oz. than came the alchemist Peter Molan. and since than an endless cue of people after the fast $ in manuka. in that respect i give those guys who masterminded this standard the first price. they surely turned their #### into $.
  3. every single mono floral manuka should pass the standards for a multifloral manuka. but they fail. that alone shows what a hoax this is.
  4. i have not tried to sell any cos i don't have a lot and i think i can sell it all "packed". but it's interesting that none of my buyers has contacted me yet for bulk honey in drums.
  5. i don't like reading much, but even me would read this. had once the pleasure to work for Malcolm for a week and he gave me a tour. very interesting man and beekeeper with a lot of old tricks up his sleeve.
  6. as i said, my composite sample is under the set limit. the set limit is not a limit where a health risk arises, but a limit agreed on and far from any consumer health risk. it's a bit like saying i have to put a 310mm snapper back cos it's too close to the 300mm limit and keeping it puts the snapper population at risk. can anyone tell me how many points you need to be under the limit to get a "pass " instead of a "may not comply"?
  7. yes, that's exactly what it means. but the whole idea of the composite sample is, to set the standard low enough so that ever drum passes as individual if the composite sample is under the limit, or it's a complete waist of money.
  8. same here. had one load of 6 drums tested and failed. only just. (012 limit and mine is 0.15) so made 2 groups of 3. had a bit of an unlucky hand. most tut ended up in one lot. limit 0.23, i got 0.21. so i would call this a "pass" but it says "may not comply" so i find that they should adjust their standards to cover for any inconsistencies, cos as much as i believe in compulsive testing, i don't believe in this kinda Micky mouse standards. or at least i need to be told how many points i need to be below the standard to pass. i'm soooooo over it!!
  9. yes, he made our wedding rings. used to have a couple of hives on his place but too much hard work. egocentric coromandel locals. i'm one of them now, so i know what i'm talking about. lol
  10. ups. that's the post i wanted to reply to.
  11. was there a fishing rod in the cab on the passenger site ?( the main reason why i won't have employees)
  12. just had a look in some hives of a friend the other day who didn't think varroa was a problem in his hives. all seven hives heavy pms and all have that same, distinctive smell . i assume smell indicates bacteria, not virus, right? so since bees usually stay away from pms hives and don't rob them out, is it fair to wonder if this gear should be used on other hives . as beekeeper, i know very little about this. i usually don't reuse central brood frames of pms hives , but nice light comb and honey frames i have been reusing. not sure if this has any relevance to the particular question, but even if this had nothing to do with this science/paper, that's a 'practical use question' with bees/varroa/bacteria i'd like to ask.
  13. driving comfort: no question. mahinra way better. i get a back pain just looking at the hilux now. and i'm surprised how well the mahindra goes off road with road tires in 2 wheel drive with that 2 wheel drive diff lock thingy. i would consider buying 2 wheel drive in the future if this is common in modern 2 wheel drive utes now (?) i have not taken it into the mud or done any hardcore off road tracks, yet. that's what i keep the trusted hilux for.
  14. took me a while, but if i got this right, here is a Photo of me in the 2018 mahindra and the 1990 hilux next to it. just for you, Trevor. oh, and @Alastair of cos
  15. so far my experience is that you take it out of gear, put it into 4h or low and wait a few seconds and it's engaged. i do go backwards after disengaging but, because i was told to. also important to press that nob that's kind of a diff lock. was impressed how much difference that makes even without putting into 4x4.
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