Re: commercial beekeeping
Well, considering the initial investmest of the equipment you'd need, the expences of running them, the lack of revenue as your increasing them, I reckon it'll be taking a great chunk out of your retirement saving. Then figure in the bad years (and there will be bad years). If your wanting $30,000.00 after expences and taxes or how ever that works out for you, you'd have explore markets in near almost everything. I guess ideally you'd want to raise queens, sell nucs, pollenation at least 2 contracts per hive per year, plus a good and hefty honey production along the way and It might be acheivable if you can survive to that point and if you do survive, you won't be retiring anytime soon. managing colonies to be at their most productiveness is a full time job.
Will Gruenwald Chilliwack BC