Beekeeping In Different Areas Of
Many areas in the world are
producers of honey and beeswax for medicine and food purposes. You'll find a lot of beekeeping in the United
States, Asia, Africa, and some parts of Europe. Since raising honeybees originated in Europe and had been modernized in the United
States, the way it's done is different and the way it's taught is different as well.
Yet this is a very interesting
way to see how different cultures train someone to do beekeeping as a way of life and part of their culture. The
cool thing is that honey is used mostly for food in so many cultures, however some cultures use it in religious and
celebratory occasions. Americans are usually in the business of beekeeping to produce honey for the supermarket and
for shipment overseas to markets and countries that don't have beekeeping businesses.
Most countries overseas don't
have the systems in place the way the United States does to mass produce a single product like honey, since we
manage to harvest effectively. Honey producers in the United States can produce enough honey to meet the demands of
the world markets until the next honey extraction season comes around. The U.S. alone turns out the majority of the
honey that's used in the world.
Beekeepers should be observing
their beehives every 7 to 8 days. Hives don't need a lot of maintaining just an hour or so a day between the peak
season from May to September. A good season can produce around 60-130 pounds of honey.
The most common annoyance to
beekeeper's during the harvesting season and maintenance of the hives are bumblebees. Many beekeeper's will move
their hives around, which is called migratory which is one of the secrets to increase honey production because it
gives the honeybees a fresh supply of flowers to pollinate and feed from, so they can produce different variations
and batches of honey. The rotation of the beehives allow for some unique honey tastes from all the different nectar
that is brought back into the beehive.