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 #9845  by NigelP
 23 Jan 2021, 18:44
AdamD wrote:
21 Jan 2021, 11:00
I've seen videos of open feeding in 'bee yards' where there is no natural forage at all. Maybe autumn open feeding is a contributory factor to the high losses experienced in N America. And the protential spread of disease is there too.
Reading between the lines for our US cousins.....it seems the money for commercial keepers is in the pollination contracts not honey production. The major players seem to expect to loose hives left right and centre so spend their time making nucs to turn into hive to replace them for the next season.
I think it's something like $200 per hive for Almond pollination contracts. If you have a 1000 hives the money is not to be sniffed at.......
 #9851  by MickBBKA
 24 Jan 2021, 00:11
I am on a couple of American forums and all they talk about is doing splits. No one ever talks about honey production.