This is intended for the commercial guys/gals. I seen some of your responses in other threads saying that commercial beeks do things much different than hobbists. Granted, this is a very general question that may be hard to completely answer. But what are some of the the differences in management that immediately come to mind? Besides the fact that you are managing far more hives.
Here is some more dirrected questions.
It has been said that it is very difficult to get into commercial beekeeping. What are some of the practices that hobbist should change before going commercial?
How do you find time to manage 1000's of hives?
How much does pollination play a part in your business?
Do you bother overwintering nucs?
Do you bother to requeen every year? I ask this because I've heard that most commercial operations do requeen every summer with purchased, or raised queencells.
What about mite treatments? Do you bother to monitor? Or do you just treat every year regardless?
How often would you say that you visit each hive? And how often do you bother to do a complete inspection?
Does honey production play a big part in your operation, or is it mostly nucs, pollination, and queens?
Do you bother with other hive products like propolis, royal jelly, ect?
If you live in the north, do you bother to raise and sell queens?
If someone asks you to place hives on their land (like a home apiary) how many hives would you have to place to make it worth the trips?