We have been using the same two brokers for years. These guys are well known and liked by the growers and ensure sound practices with both the growers and the beeks. I don't need to be in Calf. with these guys handling my bees. Never had a problem and never heard of any complaints about the bees from the growers. There is a standard that is set and adhered to by us and quality check by the broker who also looks out for the welfare of our bees until they get back to us. This program works well for us, but like I said we personally know these guys and have dealt with them for years.
If I didn't know a broker like these guys though...I would not even consider sending my bees to Calf. unless I went with them.
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