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    Lightbulb Commerical Beeks/Pollination New Category?

    Mods, any chance to start a new category concerning Pollination and Commercial Beekeeping for Commercial beeks to share ideas, raise issues, etc?

    Anyone else interested in this, please chime in so that mods know there is an interest in this category with forum members. Thanks all

    Sorry Mods if I went about this the wrong way.

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    Well Im not a commercial beek "yet" but Id sure love to sit on the sidelines and read and study you guys.......
    T.G.
    When I grow up, I want to be like John K.......

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    I would be interested in it, most people don't do or share the same goals as we do,so i'm hesitant to put out thoughts alot of times.
    And I know of no blogs for this theme, bee L has alot of non commercial folks on it also.
    Where there are fruits and nuts there are beekeepers!!!

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    Totally agree.Alot of our views are different when it comes to getting the job done.Micro-managing as a commercial keeper is tough.I feel that is why their are some heated disscusions on beesource,because of the totally different work practices.
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    I would be interested in such a forum but am a little apprehensive about disagreements popping up, hobbyists vs pros. Us commercial beeks get picked on enough without a special forum. but it might be worth a try.
    Sheri

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    I would hope that it would not turn into something like that. It's an excellent way for commercial beeks to share information regarding commercialization and things that work and idea sharing that can make the business easier.

    Additionally, it would be a great source for those who are hobbyist and are thinking of going commercial to get basic information about what is involved in making it a business and what is needed to get started and maintain.

    I truly think it would be a great forum. We have some great people out there with generations of experience and it would be an excellent place to get that knowledge to the rest of us.

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    I would love to see this. If I love the hobby as much as I believe I will, then going commercial would be incredible, having some experience to tap and an easy place to find it would be invaluable.

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    I think it would be a good idea. If necessary, it could be a 'hidden' forum accessible only by those who were moderator approved, eg. commercial guys and hobbiest/sideliners who aren't spoiling for a fight. At least, I assume this software can handle that.
    Lawrence Underwood / Mobile, Alabama http://mollysueshoney.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpha6 View Post
    I would hope that it would not turn into something like that. It's an excellent way for commercial beeks to share information regarding commercialization and things that work and idea sharing that can make the business easier.
    The problem is it usually does turn into something like that. From colony management to honey sales the processes for a commercial beekeeper are about making a profit. They do not have the time to baby colonies nor do they have time to check every frame of every colony once a month or so. This is their livelyhood and it is built around that bottom line, time management, cutting costs, bulk purchases, bulk sales etc.

    I enjoy hearing what they have to say. I also hope that people can appreciate that a commercial outfit has a different perspective and often different methods and leave it at that.

    That said, I won't hold my breath!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnK and Sheri View Post
    but am a little apprehensive about disagreements popping up, hobbyists vs pros. Us commercial beeks get picked on enough without a special forumSheri
    Disagreements?????

    Hold on....... OK, I'm under the bus...... Let'er rip.....

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    Keith, it better be a long bus, you might have a LOT of company.
    Sheri

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    Keith,you better hook a trailer up to that long bus.

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    Well, maybe I should have said a train.

    Well, Queens seems to be a hot topic to start out with.

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    I'd better not mention names, but....
    One of our larger Oregon beekeepers says that, "One's IQ is inversely proportional to the amount of hives he or she has".
    If so:
    SHOULD WE RUN THE NEW TOPIC IN ALL CAPS?
    I have exactly ONE hive more than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarryVanderpool View Post
    I'd better not mention names, but....
    One of our larger Oregon beekeepers says that, "One's IQ is inversely proportional to the amount of hives he or she has".
    If so:
    SHOULD WE RUN THE NEW TOPIC IN ALL CAPS?
    LOL, see, here it comes!! And we didn't even start the forum yet!!

    John says it takes a strong back and a weak mind to be a beekeeper, commercial or otherwise.. This may well be the case. Not pointing fingers, and present company excluded of course.
    I am wondering, Harry, at what point (number of hives) would you go to all caps? Should I guess your answer will be one more than you run? I suggest one more than we run.
    Sheri

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnK and Sheri View Post
    LOL, see, here it comes!! And we didn't even start the forum yet!!

    John says it takes a strong back and a weak mind to be a beekeeper, commercial or otherwise.. Sheri
    HHmmm,

    Do you know why, we keepers have a strong mind??????

    Because.... it hasn't been used yet. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tileguy View Post
    Well Im not a commercial beek "yet" but Id sure love to sit on the sidelines and read and study you guys.......
    T.G.
    I agree with tileguy. I think it would be a thrilling opportunity. When I went to pickup my nucs this Spring it was exhilarating to be at such a place and amongst pros.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnK and Sheri View Post
    I am wondering, Harry, at what point (number of hives) would you go to all caps? Should I guess your answer will be one more than you run? I suggest one more than we run.
    Sheri
    Funny thing in Oregon; we have a disproportionate number of retired teachers that are commercial beekeepers. At least a dozen.
    In fact, the gentleman that said the quote has his Masters.
    He was just kidding.
    HEY! One thing you MUST have is a great sence of humor!
    I have exactly ONE hive more than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond question.

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    Thanks Connie, I agree, when I go to my Commercial Beekeeper friends in Wi. its just an awesome time. The owners even takes the time to show me around. And when I first started they showed me how to find the queen, the eggs, and even gave me some old wooden ware to help get me started. Not to mention all the other beeks that come in and I get to meet them and sit around and talk and talk and talk....LOL
    So you see Admin/ Commercial Beekeepers, there are some that would like to see a new forum start so we can gleen from the big beeks, even if its a permission only type forum. Heck I would even throw myself in front of the bus or train for you guys....
    Thanks again, T.G.
    When I grow up, I want to be like John K.......

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    I'm just a hobbyist, but I've worked for a couple of commercial outfits in the past, and I know that their breadth of knowledge is extensive and amazing. I'd love to read in on their forum.

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