This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Commercial Beekeeping

Load of deep honey supers. Each box has about 90 lbs of honey if they are full.

 Supers are pulled and put on pallets in a criss cross pattern to help stabilize the pallet 

Bobcats are used to load and unload trucks. On the top of the pallets are canvas covers that strap down tightly on the supers to prevent robbing of the honey while the truck is being loaded and unloaded.

notice the criss cross pattern of the supers

55 gallon drums of beeswax that will be rendered down in the near future
I visited a commercial beekeeper last week. They are in the middle of extracting. Their truck goes out daily and pulls honey beeyard to beeyard. They use fume boards with honey robber. After a dismal year last year, the current year is a huge honey crop. All of their deep supers are heavy with honey. The honey is a very light in color with a low moisture content. In a good year many commercial beekeepers produce between 500,000 and 1,000,000,000 lbs of honey. Honey prices are up so they should fare well this year.