Goals of Spring Management
The goals of spring management of honeybee colonies in a commercial honey producing operation are clearly defined. They are principally:
To maximize total honey production while controlling expenses and risk so as to achieve maximum profit (vs. attempting to maximize yield per hive)
To maintain or increase numbers of colonies without sacrificing total honey production
To ensure good wintering success after a successful honey season.
To operate in a fashion that allows ample time for each operation and permits taking time for rest and relaxation.
The following priorities must be considered in achieving these major goals:
Bee colonies must reach maximum strength in time for the anticipated main honey flow
The following resources must be used effectively:
Risk of loss must be minimized. Missing a honey flow can occur because of the following factors:
Equipment must be maintained in in good condition
Personnel must be knowledgeable and capable and willing to communicate
are interrelated, and include
A number of these activities often take place on a single visit to the yard. Sometimes a specialised team with unique equipment might handle one task, while a separate team handles another task in the same yard, or somewhere else in the outfit.
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