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edgpenner7
Dec 01, 2020
In Bee Forum
Do you or does anyone you know sell nucs for upcoming season? If you know anyone that wants to sell some nucs, there might be numerous beekeepers who need to replenish their hives. Please leave a comment below. THANK YOU!
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edgpenner7
Oct 11, 2020
In Bee Forum
Beekeeping for beginners-that's how you can become a beekeeper More and more people are starting to get interested in beekeeping. Whether you want a small operation for your garden or want to establish a large commercial corporation: What does it mean to become a hobby-beekeeper? And how can you become a hobby-beekeeper? We will answer the most common questions, every prospective beekeeper has. Beekeeping is again very popular. Even among larger cities, young people and hobby gardeners, we find a lot of interested individuals who are playing with the thought of becoming a beekeeper themselves. And that is not difficult because everyone can become a beekeeper and keep bees as a hobby. We will reveal everything that you need to know! Who can become a beekeeper? Regardless whether you are old or young - everyone can become a beekeeper! The most important thing is, that you have fun doing it, that you enjoy spending time in nature, and that you have no fear of little crawling animals. How much effort is it to keep bees as a hobby? While beginners need more time to get a handle on their bees, normally after 1-2 years you should have a routine. It is important to monitor the bee's behavior and honey reserves in spring and summer regularly. Normally, a beekeeper visits their hives 1-2 times per week. In winter, there is generally not much happening. Of course there is something to do in winter as well. But one control check per month should be enough. The most time is spent with the bees during harvest season. If you limit yourself to only the most essential activities, you can count with a couple of hours of work per year. Which equipment do I need for beekeeping? At first you need a full beekeepers' suit, made of the typical white garment (bees like darker colors better). Jacket and pants should fit tightly, with that come beekeeper's gloves and a beekeepers' head with veil. Most often a beginning beekeeper starts with 2-3 bee families. For that, you need bee homes, also called hives, a frame grip to safely remove the frames from the hive, an uncapping fork to remove cells during inspection and extraction, a bee hive tool for scraping wax and prying out frames, a bee hive brush to safely separate the bees from the frames, and a smoker. Later, you can purchase a honey extractor. Most Hobby-beekeepers buy their equipment as needed and mostly via contacts in the industry. There are a lot of helpful beekeepers around. Just ask around! What costs do I have as a beekeeper? Beginning beekeepers, can count with a start-up cost of around $1000-$1500- included are education, clothing, equipment, bee hives. If you want to extract honey right away, it's a good idea to borrow a honey extractor from people in your beekeeping association. Through the sale of honey, your costs should be covered relatively easily. What do I have to pay attention to when I keep bees? Principally, everyone can keep bees. There are some rules in keeping bees though: It is important to note that a permission is needed when putting bees on someone's property and if its your property than to get the permission pf your neighbors. If your yard is smaller than 1 acre, normally beekeeping is not advised or should be conducted on someone else's property. I want to keep bee hives in my yard - do I have to bee careful? To keep bees in your yard is not dangerous, as long as you give the hives enough space so that they do not feel threatened. You don't have to worry about your BBQ steaks and afternoon cake- its just the wasps that love our delicious food. Just as unlikely are bees to go from bright daylight to a darker space such as a house. You also don't need to worry about your kids: Bees only sting when they feel threatened. Where can I buy my first bee family? Bee hives as well as frames can be bought from any beekeeper, as well as beekeeper associations. Generally, you should talk to experienced beekeeper colleagues and get advise from them. When buying a bee family you should always insist on asking for the most recent health update on the hives.
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edgpenner7
Oct 11, 2020
In Bee Forum
Raw honey has been used as a folk remedy throughout history and has a variety of health benefits and medical uses. It’s even used in some hospitals as a treatment for wounds. Many of these health benefits are specific to raw, or unpasteurized, honey. Most of the honey you find in grocery stores is pasteurized. The high heat kills unwanted yeast, can improve the color and texture, removes any crystallization, and extends the shelf life. Many of the beneficial nutrients are also destroyed in the process. If you’re interested in trying raw honey, buy it from a trusted local producer. Here are some health benefits raw honey has to offer: Antioxidants Raw honey contains an array of plant chemicals that act as antioxidants. Some types of honey have as many antioxidants as fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals. Free radicals contribute to the aging process and may also contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Research shows that antioxidant compounds in honey called polyphenols may play a role in preventing heart disease. Antibacterial properties Research has shown that raw honey can kill unwanted bacteria and fungus. It naturally contains hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic. Its effectiveness as an antibacterial or antifungal varies depending on the honey, but it’s clearly more than a folk remedy for these kinds of infections. Heal wounds Studies show that Raw honey can boost healing time and reduce infection. Keep in mind that the honey used in hospital settings is medical grade, meaning it’s inspected and sterile. It’s not a good idea to treat cuts with honey you buy from a store. Phytonutrients Phytonutrients are compounds found in plants that help protect the plant from harm. For example, some keep insects away or shield the plant from ultraviolet radiation. The phytonutrients in honey are responsible for its antioxidant properties, as well as its antibacterial and antifungal power. They’re also thought to be the reason raw honey has shown immune-boosting and anticancer benefits. Heavy processing destroys these valuable nutrients. Digestive issues Honey is sometimes used to treat digestive issues such as diarrhea, though there isn’t much research to show that it works. It’s proven to be effective as a treatment for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria, though, a common cause of stomach ulcers. It’s also a potent prebiotic, meaning it nourishes the good bacteria that live in the intestines, which are crucial not only for digestion but overall health. Help a sore throat Have a cold? Try a spoonful of honey. Honey is an old sore throat remedy. Add it to hot tea with lemon when a cold virus hits you. It also works as a cough suppressant. Research has suggested that honey is as effective as dextromethorphan, a common ingredient in over-the-counter cough medication. Just take one or two teaspoonfuls, straight. written by: Ryan Raman, MS, RD Please visit: https://www.healthline.com/ for more information
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edgpenner7
Sep 23, 2020
In Bee Forum
Three studies done at the sport nutrition lab at the University of Memphis found that honey was just as good or better than glucose, or sugar, water in boosting the staying power of endurance athletes. Have you noticed that eating honey before a workout has boosted your energy levels?
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edgpenner7
Sep 23, 2020
In Bee Forum
Honey is a sweet, viscous food substance made by honey bees and some related insects. Bees produce honey from the sugary secretions of plants or from secretions of other insects, by regurgitation, enzymatic activity, and water evaporation. Bees store honey in wax structures called honeycombs. The variety of honey produced by honey bees is the best-known, due to its worldwide commercial production and human consumption. Honey is collected from wild bee colonies, or from hives of domesticated bees, a practice known as beekeeping or apiculture. Honey gets its sweetness from the monosaccharides and glucose, and has about the same relative sweetness as sucrose (table sugar). It has attractive chemical properties for baking and a distinctive flavor when used as a sweetener. Most microorganism do not grow in honey, so sealed honey does not spoil, even after thousands of years.
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edgpenner7
Sep 23, 2020
In Bee Forum
That is a good question and for start-up beekeepers sometimes an existential question. But regardless of whether you are keeping bees as a hobby or whether you want to do it full time, you need to ask yourself: Where can I sell my honey? Today, I want to talk to you about Beemaid Honey. A case study carried out by scholars from the University of Brandon helped perform most of the research of this blog. The statistics that are mentioned are backed up by the Government of Manitoba as well as the Government of Alberta. There are three Beemaid branches in Canada; one in Tisdale, SK, one in Winnipeg, MB, and one in Spruce Grove, Alberta. History A cooperative between the Manitoba Beekeeper’s Association and the Saskatchewan Beekeepers’ Association was established in 1938 in Manitoba (Ashton, Richards, & Galatsanou, 2015). At that time, beekeepers struggled with an abundance of honey with a need to package, market and sell the honey to different markets. Every beekeeper in the provinces was responsible to package and market their own products, which made this process difficult and inefficient. Beemaid Honey Ltd. was established by beekeepers from Saskatchewan and Manitoba in 1954 and Alberta in 1962 to solve the problem of market inefficiencies (Beemaid, 2020). The company helped solve this challenge by purchasing, grading, processing, packing and marketing the honey throughout Canada. All members of Beemaid are still actual Beekeepers who sell their honey to the Cooperative. Products & Packaging Honey, Beemaid’s main product, does not spoil and has been a human food for over 5000 years (Brunning, 2014). According to Healthline, there are a few health benefits from consuming honey. Honey contains antioxidants to protect cells from damage and has antibacterial and antifungal properties that dispose of unwanted bacteria and fungus. In addition, honey can heal wounds and is used in hospitals to boost healing time and to disinfect (Goldman, 2018). Some people may use honey as a prevention and cure against the common cold (Edgar, 2017). However, Healthline acknowledges there are also risks involved in the consumption of honey such as constipation, slow breathing, sagging eyelids, lethargy (Goldman, 2018). Experts acknowledge that there are still obstacles in scientifically testing and verifying the health benefits of honey (Brunning, 2014). Despite this, honey is consumed all over the world. Beemaid manufactures its honey in a variety of packages from simple tube-style honey containers to elaborate bear-form honey containers. The company designs and manufactures its own plastic honey containers (Ashton, Richards, & Galatsanou, 2015). There are different bottle designs such as squeezable and non-squeezable bottles. You can also buy Beemaid’s honey from online distributors such as Amazon. Beemaid offers several products to its customers: Creamed honey, Liquid Honey, Specialty Honey, Premium Clover Honey, Raw Honey. Most of the honey is sold in liquid form and with three available types to choose from: Traditional Canada No 1 White, Golden, and Amber. Beemaid also developed a creamed honey with a long shelf-life that is flavored with lemon or cinnamon options. Additionally, other products with honey as an ingredient are being developed and some are already established such as honey flavored whiskey and water, solid honey as candy. Honey Processing As a cooperative, Beemaid Honey purchases, grades, processes, packs and markets its members’ honey. The honey is harvested by beekeepers and shipped to Beemaid in 250-liter barrels that are being emptied and cleaned for reuse (MCHP, 2020). After the honey arrives at one of the three Beemaid warehouses, the honey is identified and sourced. Then, the honey is heated to 160 degrees Fahrenheit in order to destroy the yeast found in honey and extend the shelf life, a process called pasteurization. Further filtration removes impurities like debris, pollen and insect parts. Although, there is a lack of controlled studies comparing pasteurized and unpasteurized honey some people may argue that pasteurizing honey may remove or destroy honey’s natural properties and vitamins (Berry, 2019). Beemaid’s honey processing and packing operations are food safety certified by SQF and are subject to annual HACCP inspections that are monitored by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (Ashton, Richards, & Galatsanou, 2015). Opportunities Canada trades approximately 3% of the world’s honey supply (Ashton, Richards, & Galatsanou, 2015). Most of the Canadian honey exports go to the United States and Japan. Beemaid also sells its honey to large distributors including Walmart, No frills and Costco. Since Manitoban beekeepers take in an excess of 6000 metric tons of honey, 80 % of the honey is exported internationally (Agriculture, 2018). Manitoba accounts for approximately 25% of Canadian honey exports and Manitoba is ranked third in Canada in honey production after Saskatchewan and Alberta (Ashton, Richards, & Galatsanou, 2015). Manitoba Beemaid accounts for about 30% of Manitoban Honey production. Beemaid takes in an average of 8 to 9 million lbs. of honey every year. Beemaid now exports their products to over 25 countries worldwide (Colley, 2018). The cooperative has realized an opportunity in the hospitality industry. The company has initiated conversations with restaurant owners to increase its bulk honey sales. Since there is a variety of different types of honey it is instrumental for the different industries to have a dialogue about the desired honey (Ashton, Richards, & Galatsanou, 2015). To further decrease risk and diversify their business, Beemaid has a Beekeeping supply unit that supports local beekeepers in supplying them with beekeeping supplies. Challenges Difficulties could arise when the international price of honey would experience a drop, which in turn would cause a domino effect and lead to sinking honey prices for beekeepers who will try to find other markets for their honey or cut supply. Also honey itself is not an innovative product and growth is slow without more health and wellness research to support its health benefits claims (Berry, 2019). Since Beemaid sources all of its honey from Canada, there are competing countries such as Argentina, Mexico that have cheaper honey prices than Canada (Ashton, Richards, & Galatsanou, 2015). Beemaid has a long history of honey sales in Canada and internationally. The company collaborates with beekeepers who are also members of this cooperative. Honey has few health benefits but some more research is required to confirm the health effects of honey consumption. Beemaid processes and markets the honey and ships it nationally and internationally. I have discussed how the honey is processed, and the opportunities and challenges faced by the company and industry. I am looking forward to hearing from you and we can discuss this subject in more detail. References Agriculture, M. (2018). Government of Manitoba . Retrieved from Beekeeping and Honey : https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/production/honey.html Ashton, W., Richards, G., & Galatsanou, E. (2015). Bee Maid Honey- Strategies for Growth of Bulk Food Processing in Manitoba. Brandon: Brandon University. Beemaid. (2020). Beemaid. Retrieved from Beemaid: https://www.beemaid.com/about-us/history/ Berry, J. (2019, April 01). Medical News Today. Retrieved from Medicalnewstoday: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324966 Brunning, A. (2014, August 21). compoundchem.com. Retrieved from Why Doesn’t Honey Spoil? – The Chemistry of Honey: https://www.compoundchem.com/2014/08/21/chemistryofhoney/ Colley, K. (2018, 03). Government of Alberta . Retrieved from https://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$Food+and+Ag+Processing/foodindy.nsf/Attached/32/$FILE/export_catalogue_web%2044%20Bee%20Maid%20Honey.pdf Edgar, J. (2017, 11). WebMD. Retrieved from WebMD website : https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/medicinal-uses-of-honey#1 Goldman, R. (2018, December ). Healthline . Retrieved from Healthline website: https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/top-raw-honey-benefits MCHP. (2020, January 01). Manitoba Cooperative Producers . Retrieved from Membership Information Sheet : https://metric-cdn.cdnedge.bluemix.net/beemaid.com/site/assets/files/1096/truckload_contract_membership_info.pdf White, H. (2015). Safety Services Manitoba . Retrieved from Safety Services Manitoba : https://www.safetyservicesmanitoba.ca/manitoba-cooperative-honey-producers-ltd-bee-maid-honey-ltd/
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