Exterminate your bees for honey?
Don't get riled at me, I'm only asking because I don't know any commercial beekeepers first hand. I just read somewhere that "large commercial beekeepers" exterminate their bees at season's end. I know that was common back in the skept days and does happen in climates where bees can't winter.
Is it so common as to make such a blanket statement? I'm sure I know the answer
A different Business Model.
We have two beekeepers that employ this strategy annually.
One completely depopulates and then purchaces packages in the spring, the other overwinters nucs.
For a really good article go to:
Click on "Articles"
Look about half way down the page and click on: "The ways of Winter "