Re: Manuka Honey Wars
Yes mine are not in manuka country so no worries. I'm close to it though so there is risk of them being stolen. When I was at a yard I got approached by a real shady looking character who arrived in a truck and asked straight up if I would sell the bees. I said no but he wasn't keen to accept that & hung around for another 10 minutes or so. It occurred to me that there was really nothing to stop him coming another time & loading up the truck so I've installed cameras.
JR this incident happened maybe a week ago, although there have been similar and even worse ones, this one just got publicity.
RiskyBiz, the activity rating is a measurement of the antibiotic activity of the honey. The honey is diluted with water then smeared across a petri dish in various concentrations to find out at what concentration it will still kill bacteria. Depending on how dilute it has to be it is then given a number to grade it as to bacterial killing ability
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).