BRAND NEW HONEY PROCESSING PLANT TOUR, SCIENTIFIC SPEAKER - GLYPHOSATE & OTHER CHEMICAL RESIDUES DISCUSSION, HIVE REPORTS & MEAL

BRAND NEW HONEY PROCESSING PLANT TOUR, SCIENTIFIC SPEAKER - GLYPHOSATE & OTHER CHEMICAL RESIDUES DISCUSSION, HIVE REPORTS & MEAL

TUESDAY 27 AUGUST:

BRAND NEW HONEY PROCESSING PLANT TOUR, SCIENTIFIC SPEAKER - GLYPHOSATE & OTHER CHEMICAL RESIDUES DISCUSSION, HIVE REPORTS & MEAL

 

3.30PM: Rod & Jo Dreaver, Bee My Honey NZ Ltd, 151 Tancreds Road, Lincoln Area 7672

BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR and thermals!  We’ll have a diesel heater full throttle.  No open toed footwear in honey house.  Attendees will be broken into groups of six with guided tour by Rod.

From 19 years of age, with two hives of his own in his parents’ backyard, Rod has worked as a commercial beekeeper.  This has included over 11 years with Hantz Honey Ltd, 18 months with Airborne Honey Ltd, a couple of seasons in Canada and one the USA.  In 2002 Rod and wife Jo, purchased 350 hives and a year later another 350 hives, whilst Rod continued to work part time at Hantz’.  Bee My Honey has been a full-time business for this couple, since 2004, along with their three young children. 

Finally, after several ups along with downs, Rod and Jo have finally managed to build their own processing plant at Lincoln.  The storage shed was built in 2018, and on 5 April 2019 their new processing plant obtained an RMP.  https://beemyhoneynz.com/about/

 

4.30 PM: Discussion “Glyphosate & Other Chemical Residues In Honey & Other Bee Products. Where Are They Coming From & What Can Beekeepers Do About It?”

Chair: Martin Laas, scientist & commercial beekeeping employee Midlands Apiaries.  Member ApiNZ Science & Research Focus Group.  Hub committee member

 

Speaker:  Dr Don MacLeod

Don MacLeod’s working background was in the chemical industry, with the old DuPont Company where he worked in Agrichemicals and then Specialty Chemicals throughout the Asia Pacific region.

He has a lifelong interest and participation in New Zealand Agriculture.  Don is an amateur beekeeper.  Since 2011 he is an active member of the Apiculture NZ Science and Research Focus Group and before that the NBA Technical Committee.  His role has been writing and presenting submissions to the EPA and MPI on pesticides and how they can be used safely alongside responsible beekeeping. Over the past 12 months he has been involved in a number of discussions on own use of organic acids and concerns about detection of pesticide residues in bee products.  Don is meant to be retired, but it hasn’t worked out that way!  He lives on a 30-acre lifestyle block in Franklin, and still uses chemicals for weed control, animal drenching, varroa control and fly strike control.

 

Panel Discussion:

Don MacLeod: (chemical residues)

Jo Townshend: Research Manager, Midlands Seed Ltd (seed production)

Duncan Lash: Specialist Advisor, MPI (food safety)

John Hartnell: Hartnell & Associates (honey sales & marketing)

Hive Reports: The time will determine whether these take place at Bee My Honey (prior to guest speaker or post panel discussion), or over our meal. 

 

6.00 PM FOR 6.30 PM MEAL: The Laboratory, 17 West Belt, Lincoln. $30 pp tapas menu & bar

 

Bookings Open 1 August, Close 22 August or earlier if restaurant capacity reached: So, we get the logistics right for Bee My Honey tour and restaurant, we would appreciate early bookings.   Restaurant space available for reserved diners only.  

The August Hub meetings the last two years have been the largest attendance of our regular Hub meetings.  Beekeepers, being very keen on varroa and AFB updates in their areas.  We talk openly about AFB in every Hub meeting.  The Selwyn District, Mid Canterbury, AFB outbreak a few months ago was identified thanks to reports from two different commercial beekeeper Hub members raising their concerns, at one of our meetings, about AFB of unknown origin that they found in two different areas. 

Event Properties

Event Date 27-08-2019 3:30 pm
Location Dreavers honey shed

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