Re: Average age of a beekeeper
In defence of Old Beeks!
As I see, part of the problem is, the new methods may be great in terms of varroa control, (or sometimes they may not be), but in any case I respect folks for trying.
But a lot of people using new methods it's all they know. They think they are pretty successful if they can just get most of their hives through the winter alive. They don't know what a good honey crop is.
My bees are in excellent locations and I use old fashioned methods. If one of my honey producing hives does less than 300 lb's I'm wanting to know what went wrong. Some of the new guys just don't know what a crop is, so consider themselves "more advanced" than the ones using old methods. There is an idea the old guys just don't get it in todays world. Any experienced old beekeeper can run hives by the new methods, bees are bees, if you understand them. I'm helping some folks using new designs and methods and their hives have started doing rather well. Or at least, as well as they can using those designs and methods.
To me, I see the bees doing a good crop, as doing it because they are well housed, healthy, and happy. And yes, I really believe a bee can be happy.
And nobody tell me they are not in this for the honey! Who doesn't want enough honey to pass around family, friends, and neighbors as much as they can eat!
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).