The Considerations that Honey Beekeepers Must Know
Article by Todd Franklin
Honey beekeepers are those people who are keeping bees to produce honey and marketing them for mass consumption. These people are those who use good quality beekeeping equipment and employ excellent beekeeping procedures in order for the bees to stay healthy and for them to produce creamy and nutritious honey.
As beekeepers, you must know the things to be considered when keeping honey bees.
There can only be two reasons why beekeepers are in the field of producing honey – using the honey for certain applications and selling them in the market and the more common… marketing the honey.
The first consideration that beekeepers must know is the market and its outlook. The honey market industry is very strong and is in demand nowadays, especially for locally and specially produced honey. When honey beekeepers able to produce quality honey, they can sell them easy and fast, and they can be ready for the next harvest season. And when they harvest for large amount of product, they can sell them in bunch to a honey packer. The possible places to market your your product is in farmers markets, health food stores, roadside stands, and agritourism sites.
The next thing to consider is marketing the product in several forms. These include the comb, extracted, chunk, beeswax honey and the royal jelly. Comb honey are blocks of honey-filled combs brought out directly from the beehive; the extracted honey is the liquid version of the comb honey, which is mostly preferred by customers; the chunk honey is the combination of the comb and extracted honey; beeswax are wax made from the extracts of the frames of the beehive; and the royal jelly is the substance excreted by the worker honey bees to feed the queen.
Another consideration that honey beekeepers must know is the management of the actual beekeeping process. To maintain the good honey production of the bees, you must regularly open the beehive and check for certain conditions such as in the broods, food stores, and signs of diseases and pests. By regular checking, you will be able to perform various beehive maintenance to promote continuous honey production.
Other things that honey beekeepers need to consider are the pest management, the swarming of bees and some economic considerations.
About the Author
Todd, “The Bee Guy”, is a beekeeping enthusiast who likes to share his beekeeping knowledge with others. Visit his site for more information on honey beekeepers, and don’t forget to sign up for his FREE beekeeping mini course.