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Bees for Honey and Money
This lecture conveys my experiences and the observations of other small scale commercial beekeepers looking to make a living from 50-250 colonies. Beekeeping on a larger scale is all about managing bottlenecks, and prioritising time input against reward. At the end of the day, it’s got to keep a roof over your head without working you into the ground. There is no silver bullet – no ‘Commercial Beekeeping Approach’ that is imparted in hushed tones to the chosen few. Unlike the indulgences of hobby beekeeping, it must be undertaken with an eye to efficiency and the bottom line, but that does not mean it has to be cynical or unsympathetic.
About Dan Basterfield, NDB
Dan grew up with beekeeping around him, earning pocket money by clipping and marking queens. Having spent 15 years working in large companies, he returned to the family beekeeping business in Devon in 2005, and with his father expanded the business and built a brand new Honey Farm as the centre of their honey production, queen raising, and teaching activities.
He is a regular lecturer around the UK on practical beekeeping topics. Daniel wrote some of the BBKA's Course in a Case training courses, has contributed to the BBKA's Liquid Gold and Swarming videos, and most recently co-authored the BBKA's Healthy Hive Guide book.