Beekeeping & Honey Bee Farm Business Plan Template
Written by Dave Lavinsky
Honey Beekeeping Business Plan
Over the past 20+ years, we have helped over 500 entrepreneurs and business owners create business plans to start and grow their beekeeping business.
If you’re unfamiliar with creating a business plan, you may think creating one will be a time-consuming and frustrating process. For most entrepreneurs it is, but for you, it won’t be since we’re here to help. We have the experience, resources, and knowledge to help you create a great business plan.
In this article, you will learn some background information on why business planning is important. Then, you will learn how to write a honey bee farm business plan step-by-step so you can create your plan today.
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What Is a Business Plan?
A business plan provides a snapshot of your honey bee farm as it stands today, and lays out your growth plan for the next five years. It explains your beekeeping business goals and your strategies for reaching them. It also includes market research to support your plans.
Why You Need a Business Plan
If you’re looking to start a honey bee farm or grow your existing beekeeping business , you need a business plan. A business plan will help you raise funding, if needed, and plan out the growth of your honey bee farm to improve your chances of success. Your business plan is a living document that should be updated annually as your company grows and changes.
Sources of Funding for Beekeeping Business
With regards to funding, the main sources of funding for a beekeeping business are personal savings, credit cards, bank loans, and angel investors. When it comes to bank loans, banks will want to review your business plan and gain confidence that you will be able to repay your loan and interest. To acquire this confidence, the loan officer will not only want to ensure that your financials are reasonable, but they will also want to see a professional plan. Such a plan will give them the confidence that you can successfully and professionally operate a business. Personal savings and bank loans are the most common funding paths for beekeeping businesses.
How to Write a Business Plan for a Honey Bee Farm or Beekeeping Business
If you want to start a honey bee farm or expand your current one, you need a business plan. The guide below details the necessary information for how to write each essential component of your business plan.
Your executive summary provides an introduction to your business plan, but it is normally the last section you write because it provides a summary of each key section of your plan.
The goal of your executive summary is to quickly engage the reader. Explain to them the kind of beekeeping business you are running and the status. For example, are you a startup, do you have a honey bee farm that you would like to grow, or are you operating a chain of beekeeping businesses?
Next, provide an overview of each of the subsequent sections of your plan.
- Give a brief overview of the beekeeping industry.
- Discuss the type of beekeeping business you are operating.
- Detail your direct competitors. Give an overview of your target customers.
- Provide a snapshot of your marketing strategy. Identify the key members of your team.
- Offer an overview of your financial plan.
In your company overview, you will detail the type of honey bee farm you are operating.
For example, you might specialize in one of the following types of honey bee farms:
- Honey farm: specializing in producing and selling honey.
- Pollination services: renting out bee hives to farmers.
- Selling bees: raising and selling honey bees to individuals and farmers.
- Selling raw beeswax: beeswax is a byproduct of the honey-making process. Many beekeepers make money by selling the excess beeswax.
In addition to explaining the type of beekeeping business you will operate, the company overview needs to provide background on the business.
Include answers to questions such as:
- When and why did you start the business?
- What milestones have you achieved to date? Milestones could include the amount of honey produced, the number of colonies obtained, reaching X number of clients served, etc.
- Your legal business Are you incorporated as an S-Corp? An LLC? A sole proprietorship? Explain your legal structure here.
In your industry or market analysis, you need to provide an overview of the beekeeping industry.
While this may seem unnecessary, it serves multiple purposes.
First, researching the honey bee farm industry educates you. It helps you understand the market in which you are operating.
Secondly, market research can improve your marketing strategy, particularly if your analysis identifies market trends.
The third reason is to prove to readers that you are an expert in your industry. By conducting the research and presenting it in your plan, you achieve just that.
The following questions should be answered in the industry analysis section of your beekeeping business plan:
- How big is the beekeeping industry (in dollars)?
- Is the market declining or increasing?
- Who are the key competitors in the market?
- Who are the key suppliers in the market?
- What trends are affecting the industry?
- What is the industry’s growth forecast over the next 5 – 10 years?
- What is the relevant market size? That is, how big is the potential target market for your honey bee farm? You can extrapolate such a figure by assessing the size of the market in the entire country and then applying that figure to your local population.
The customer analysis section of your business plan must detail the customers you serve and/or expect to serve.
The following are examples of customer segments: individuals, schools, families, and corporations.
As you can imagine, the customer segment(s) you choose will have a great impact on the type of beekeeping you operate. Clearly, individuals would respond to different marketing promotions than corporations, for example.
Try to break out your target customers in terms of their demographic and psychographic profiles. With regards to demographics, including a discussion of the ages, genders, locations, and income levels of the potential customers you seek to serve.
Psychographic profiles explain the wants and needs of your target customers. The more you can recognize and define these needs, the better you will do in attracting and retaining your customers.
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Your competitive analysis should identify the indirect and direct competitors your business faces and then focus on the latter.
Direct competitors are other beekeeping businesses.
Indirect competitors are other options that customers have to purchase from that aren’t directly competing with your product or service. This includes other types of honey or sweet treats for consumers other methods of pollination for farmers.
For each such competitor, provide an overview of their business and document their strengths and weaknesses. Unless you once worked at your competitors’ businesses, it will be impossible to know everything about them. But you should be able to find out key things about them such as
- What types of customers do they serve?
- What type of honey bee farms are they?
- What is their pricing (premium, low, etc.)?
- What are they good at?
- What are their weaknesses?
With regards to the last two questions, think about your answers from the customers’ perspective. And don’t be afraid to ask your competitors’ customers what they like most and least about them.
The final part of your competitive analysis section is to document your areas of competitive advantage. For example:
- Will you make it easier for your customers to engage with your business?
- Will you offer products or services that your competition doesn’t?
- Will you provide better customer service?
- Will you offer better pricing?
Think about ways you will outperform your competition and document them in this section of your plan.
Traditionally, a marketing plan includes the four P’s: Product, Price, Place, and Promotion. For a beekeeping business, your marketing strategy should include the following:
Product : In the product section, you should reiterate the type of honey bee farm that you documented in your company overview. Then, detail the specific products or services you will be offering. For example, will you provide honey, beeswax, bee rental, or bee sales?
Price : Document the prices you will offer and how they compare to your competitors. Essentially in the product and price sub-sections of your plan, you are presenting the products and/or services you offer and their prices.
Place : Place refers to the site of your honey bee farm. Document where your farm is situated and mention how the site will impact your success. For example, is your honey bee farm located near a busy retail district, your backyard, adjacent to another type of farm, or a standalone piece of land? Discuss how your site might be the ideal location for your customers.
Promotions : The final part of your honey bee farm marketing plan is where you will document how you will drive potential customers to your location(s). The following are some promotional methods you might consider:
- Advertise in local papers, radio stations and/or magazines
- Reach out to websites
- Distribute flyers
- Engage in email marketing
- Advertise on social media platforms
- Improve the SEO (search engine optimization) on your website for targeted keywords
While the earlier sections of your business plan explained your goals, your operations plan describes how you will meet them. Your operations plan should have two distinct sections as follows.
Everyday short-term processes include all of the tasks involved in running your honey bee farm, including answering calls, caring for bees, collecting and packaging honey, and meeting with customers.
Long-term goals are the milestones you hope to achieve. These could include the dates when you expect to obtain your Xth colony, or when you hope to reach $X in revenue. It could also be when you expect to expand your honey bee farm to a new location.
To demonstrate your honey bee farm’s potential to succeed, a strong management team is essential. Highlight your key players’ backgrounds, emphasizing those skills and experiences that prove their ability to grow a company.
Ideally, you and/or your team members have direct experience in managing honey bee farms. If so, highlight this experience and expertise. But also highlight any experience that you think will help your business succeed.
If your team is lacking, consider assembling an advisory board. An advisory board would include 2 to 8 individuals who would act as mentors to your business. They would help answer questions and provide strategic guidance. If needed, look for advisory board members with experience in managing a honey bee farm.
Your financial plan should include your 5-year financial statement broken out both monthly or quarterly for the first year and then annually. Your financial statements include your income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statements.
An income statement is more commonly called a Profit and Loss statement or P&L. It shows your revenue and then subtracts your costs to show whether you turned a profit or not.
In developing your income statement, you need to devise assumptions. For example, are you selling honey for $5 per jar? And will sales grow by 2% or 10% per year? As you can imagine, your choice of assumptions will greatly impact the financial forecasts for your business. As much as possible, conduct research to try to root your assumptions in reality.
Balance sheets show your assets and liabilities. While balance sheets can include much information, try to simplify them to the key items you need to know about. For instance, if you spend $50,000 on building out your honey bee farm, this will not give you immediate profits. Rather it is an asset that will hopefully help you generate profits for years to come. Likewise, if a lender writes you a check for $50,000, you don’t need to pay it back immediately. Rather, that is a liability you will pay back over time.
Cash Flow Statement
Your cash flow statement will help determine how much money you need to start or grow your business, and ensure you never run out of money. What most entrepreneurs and business owners don’t realize is that you can turn a profit but run out of money and go bankrupt.
When creating your Income Statement and Balance Sheets be sure to include several of the key costs needed in starting or growing a honey bee farm:
- Cost of beekeeping equipment and beekeeping supplies
- Payroll or salaries paid to staff
- Business insurance
- Other start-up expenses (if you’re a new business) like legal expenses, permits, and computer software
Attach your full financial projections in the appendix of your plan along with any supporting documents that make your plan more compelling. For example, you might include your honey bee farm location lease or a list of testimonials from satisfied customers.
Writing a business plan for your honey bee farm is a worthwhile endeavor. If you follow the template above, by the time you are done, you will truly be an expert. You will understand the honey bee farm industry, your competition, and your customers. You will develop a marketing strategy and will understand what it takes to launch and grow a successful honey bee farm.
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How Do You Start a Honey Bee Farm Business?
Starting a honey bee farm business is easy with these 14 steps:
- Choose the Name for Your Honey Bee Farm Business
- Create Your Honey Bee Farm Business Plan
- Choose the Legal Structure for Your Honey Bee Farm Business
- Secure Startup Funding for Your Honey Bee Farm Business (If Needed)
- Secure a Location for Your Business
- Register Your Honey Bee Farm Business with the IRS
- Open a Business Bank Account
- Get a Business Credit Card
- Get the Required Business Licenses and Permits
- Get Business Insurance for Your Honey Bee Farm Business
- Buy or Lease the Right Honey Bee Farm Business Equipment
- Develop Your Honey Bee Farm Business Marketing Materials
- Purchase and Setup the Software Needed to Run Your Honey Bee Farm Business
- Open for Business
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Creating A Beekeeping Business Plan
Updated: 30th April 2021
Here are some factors to consider if you are drawing up a beekeeping business plan (and a free template for you to use), whether you wish to become a honey producer, or are wanting to offer a variety of products and services related to beekeeping, honey bees and hives.
On the one hand, you may be able to earn a living from keeping bees, but like all businesses, there are potential pitfalls.
PDF Template At the bottom of this page, you'll find a PDF business plan template you can adapt and use for your own purposes.
Below, we will first look at the following topics:
- Initial considerations
- Income routes
- Finances (costs, sales, cash flow, profit & loss)
- Researching your beekeeping business plan (What? Who? Where? How? Why?)
- SWOT analysis
- General administration
If you require a loan to help you get started, then you will need to demonstrate to the lender that you have thought about the business in detail.
Consider things from the lender’s perspective: if you were in his or her shoes, would you loan money to this new beekeeping business based on the plan and information you are being presented with?
In addition, you need to work through the details yourself, so that you can have confidence, minimize your risks and have a genuine chance of success.
Drawing Up A Beekeeping Business Plan – some initial considerations:
It sounds obvious, but.....are you an experienced beekeeper?
If not, best get some experience first, and ensure you:
- know what you are doing;
- you are happy handling the bees;
- you know what to do in a crisis;
- you don’t suddenly discover you have a severe allergy to stings ;
- you have full knowledge of how to keep and provide for your bees (see ' apiary design ' - where will they forage, how will you protect the hives against disease, predators, even vandalism, the elements and so on);
- Understand any legal consideration in starting an apiary .
How Can Beekeepers Earn Income From Keeping Bees?
You may have a firm idea already of how beekeeping is going to earn an income for you, but it's also worth trying to think outside the box, and look at offering a multiple range of products (and maybe even services), in order to build your income across the seasons.
However, whether you decide to focus only on being a honey producer, or selling a wider range of product and services, you’ll need to estimate your potential earnings, and add these to your business plan.
Here are some ideas of what your business might include:
- Selling honey.
- Selling other bee products, such as beeswax .
- Selling services, such as pollination. Investigate it carefully, because selling pollination services can be a tricky business these days if the crops are treated with pesticides such as the infamous neonicotinoids .
- Selling beekeeping courses at your apiary or online, CDs and books you have written yourself.
- If you have land, would you be interested in running a nursery or cut flower business alongside your beekeeping business? You'll need to think about flowers for the bees to forage on anyway, and having visited such a business, there was a huge amount of flower available for bees, despite cutting.
- Selling beekeeping supplies, such as bee hives, items of equipment, or beekeeping suits and hats .
- Are you able to build a brand, such that you could offer other 'add ons' for sale from an online shop - from honey sticks to socks, who knows?
In thinking about your business, put a great deal of thought into whether it is something you can start up as a hobby (perhaps whilst continuing with your day job), and build it from there.
As I write, I am aware that some large commercial honey sellers run training schemes whereby you can earn whilst you learn. As far as I can make out, the salary is modest, but if you are especially keen, it may be a way for you to get valuable experience if that is what you need.
However, do check first regarding whether or not you are then tied to supplying the company with honey etc for a set period of time, and whether this suits you, and also whether you are happy to supply honey in this way. In addition, check whether you would have to sign an agreement forbidding you to set up a business entirely of your own.
Some beekeepers prefer to set up small-scale, organic practices, charging a premium for their products, selling directly to the public or specialist delicatessens.
A Beekeeping Business Plan Needs To Cover Finances: costs, sales, cash flow, profit & loss
Consider these costs:
- Initial set up costs (hives, honey bees including nucs , beekeeping equipment and clothing, premises, insurances), building a website and hosting if needed and so on.
- Product related costs & inventory, such as honey jars and labels .
- General business running costs: travel, any items relating to the care of the bees, postage and packing, phone, rent, stationery etc.
- Will you spend any money on marketing, such as advertising honey or beekeeping courses in the local paper, or will you engage in internet advertising? Be sure to build in a mechanism that allows you to assess the cost effectiveness of any marketing activity, if possible.
- Cost of finance (interest and charges).
- Also consider your home and family incomings and outgoings. Are you considering giving up a regular, paid job in order to run a beekeeping business, and if so, for how long can you survive - including in a poor year?
- Will you need to adapt your land in some way, to cater for bees on your property? If so, be sure to factor in the costs and timings. You should calendarize these costs, and also add a realistic sales forecast as far as possible. Although you will need it to go along to the bank or lender, forecasting is of course very difficult, and may need to be adjusted from time to time. How much, if you implement your marketing plan (we’ll get to that in a minute), could you sell on a monthly basis? Itemize each activity: how much honey will you sell, how many courses will you fill etc.
Financial challenges can hit any business.
- How will you cope with payment schedules? For example, if you supply 200 jars of honey to a store, when will you be paid, and can you cope with late payments? Cash flow is one of the major challenges for any business, but especially new ones. Not being able to pay your bills because somebody didn’t pay you, can create misery and force businesses to close.
- What is your profit margin? Remember it needs to cover ALL of your costs, with enough to earn the income you need, and hopefully leave some for emergencies.
Researching Your Beekeeping Business
Find out as much as you can about the market, products, services, prices, your customers, relevant law, prior to committing yourself.
Ask yourself the What? Who? Where? and How? Why? questions.
For example (no doubt, you can come up with more):
- What are customers buying, what do they want and are there any unexploited niches you can fill?? Whatever you are selling, are there any legal or labelling requirements or standards?)
- What should the packaging look like? ( Bottles or jars and labels for jars).
- Who is buying your products and how should they be approached, when, and what are their needs/wants? (think in terms of the public, retailers, wholesalers).
- At what prices are comparable bee products being sold in your area? Are there many competitors? How much supply is there versus demand? Can you compete?
- Where will the customers need to go to buy the products? Internet? Shops? Market? Where will you reach them? Would your prefer to sell bulk honey to a major buyer or network?
- Where will you buy your own supplies from?
- When will customers purchase from you, and how does this impact your business? Do you have to warn customers in advance/how long do advanced booking periods need to be, and...
- When will you be paid and when do you have to pay suppliers?
- How will you persuade customers to buy and how will you generate awareness? How often will your customers purchase from you?
- How much will it all cost, and how much do you need to sell to create a viable beekeeping business?
- How will your product be different? For example, will yours be the only organic meadow honey in the area, or perhaps the only raw comb honey?
- Why will anyone wish to buy your products? Don’t be offended by this question. This question is deliberately asked so that you think of things from your customer’s perspective.
Having considered these questions, what actions need to be taken, when, by whom and at what cost?
Marketing And Your Beekeeping Business Plan
There are many cost effective ways to sell and promote your products.
- You can sell directly to the public at the local food market, promote on social media for a low cost. In some city shopping centers, it's possible to purchase a one day trading permit, and set up a stall selling produce - but check local regulations, especially around permits, food selling, pitch size etc. After that, assess whether it is worth trying out a stand for a day or a few days.
- Look out for honey festivals, and find out whether you can get a stand to promote your goods and business. Remember to look into the cost and find out how many people are likely to attend.
- You can also sell via specialist networks or to major buyers and brand owners, who already have established channels to sell their products in stores. Such companies may purchase your honey and apply their own label to the product.
- Social media can be a great way to promote your goods, and advertising can be cost effective - but see what you can achieve without the advertising first! Remember that you can also use You Tube to advertise goods on the existing videos of other you tubers, to send potential customers directly to your website. You can make a few videos and upload them to generate interest too, of course! Think about your message and target market very carefully to ensure you waste as little money as possible.
- Can you call in favors and assistance from friends, relatives and local business?
- You can start a blog or website relatively cheaply, and you may be able to generate some free PR with your local newspaper.
- If you are planning to distribute far and wide, you may wish to get your name out there generally, by teaming up with bloggers, on-line news sources and so on. Find an interesting angle, something you can talk about in an engaging way.
- Depending on what it is you sell, you may also consider joining an affiliate scheme, thus harnessing the power of people on the web to promote on your behalf - in exchange for a small percentage of the sale. Check all the details before you sign up.
- Remember to think about your target purchaser and the impact this may have on your labelling and packaging. For example, if you are targeting the gift market, your presentation might be different than if you are targeting the gourmet food market. Don't underestimate the power of packaging and label design !
- Consider also setting up an online store via Amazon and/or Ebay - this does not prevent you from having a store on your own website. The point about Amazon and Ebay are that they are widely trusted. You could also investigate other platforms, such as Etsy. You then need to explore ways to increase your visibility through these channels.
A SWOT Analysis For A Beekeeping Business
It’s worth doing a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) for your beekeeping business plan, as with any other business plan.
Make a list, and decide whether there are actions you can take. Don’t run before you can walk, or over-stretch yourself, however.
Here are some examples (let me stress that - examples only! )
This is often forgotten, but.....
- How will you manage the paperwork for paying taxes etc? If you need assistance, you'll need to factor in the cost of that assistance.
- Remember to keep comprehensive records, and in good order. File receipts and paperwork. Take copies of crucial documents. Take back-up copies of any computer generated admin.
- Have a visible calendar and/or diary to ensure you file any important paperwork on time, such as taxes and any legal documents, to avoid fines.
- Be an organized beekeeper, for example, with an appropriate hive painting system.
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Hopefully you will be able to keep your set up and business running costs to a minimum.
- With a bit of luck, you won’t be renting property, but if for any reason you must rent space, then try to ensure favourable terms and conditions. Avoid arrangements that will be difficult to get out of, that demand penalties for early termination of agreements or very long notice periods. Also, look out for hidden clauses on lease agreements - especially clauses that are easily missed in the body of the test, or at the very end (or both). Go through the lease agreement with a fine-toothed comb, and check again before signing to ensure no unwanted clauses have crept in to the agreement.
- Check the regulations with regard to beekeeping in your area.
- Is there sufficient forage for the bees?
- Keep on top of payments from customers, and be a good customer yourself.
- Have more than one income stream if possible.
You can use the - free beekeeping business plan template a PDF download (please note, it will open in a new window) to help you get started, but ensure that you add any legal considerations applicable to your own country.
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Starting Honey Beekeeping Business Plan (PDF)
Apiculture, the rearing of honey bees at a commercial scale has become a fast growing business venture all over the world. The maintenance of honeybees and hives has been providing farmers and hobbyists with a variety of business opportunities such as the production of honey, beeswax, and other edible bee products in addition to crop pollination services, and the sale of bees to other beekeepers. Due to the increase in the demand for natural and healthy alternatives to artificial sweeteners, starting a beekeeping farming project is a lucrative business for small and large scale farmers. This article will outline how to start the honey beekeeping business, and the honey bee farming business plan – PDF, Word and Excel.
Honey beekeeping is a lucrative business project that is providing income for a lot of people. There are some important things you need to consider before you setup such a business. You need to gather the correct resources, decide on the size of your honey bee farming project this includes the number of your bee hives/colonies; location of honey beekeeping business, as well as your target market. These factors will be determined by the amount of capital you have. If you do not have a lot of capital, you can always start small and grow your honey bee farming business overtime. You also need to carry out market research (Who are you going to sell the honey to? At what price?) and write a honey beekeeping business plan before you start the project.
Land for Honey Beekeeping Business
When setting up your honey beekeeping business, you obviously require land. You can keep the bees in urban, suburban, and rural areas but remember that certain types of land and land factors will be much more favourable for bees and beekeeping than others. The land where bees are kept is referred to as an apiary or bee yard. The location of the apiary is of the essence in honey beekeeping business as it determines the success of the honey bee farming venture. Nectar and pollen sources must be close to the bee hives. This is because pollen plays a crucial role in brood rearing, honey production and nectar comprises a basic energy source for bees. Bees can be kept at varied locations; none the less, large concentrations of floral sources as well as populous colonies are needed to produce good honey output. The natural source of nectar and pollen are flowering trees and plants.
You need to consider water availability, climate, forage, as well as the possibility of predators when selecting where your bees live and produce honey. Although honey bees can adapt to different types of environments do not forget that climatic conditions have an effect on the bees. That means if your environment gets cold, you should avoid keeping your hives in areas with poor air flow (such areas create cool, moist conditions) as that will negatively affect your bees during the cold winter. Sun exposure and dry conditions are great for the hives but you should not let the hives overheat. Shaded locations hinder flight of bee workers as well as finding the queen and sighting eggs within the cells. Bees generally tend to become irritable and difficult to handle in poorly located areas. As such, an ideal spot with maximum sunshine through the day should be selected. Make sure that there is a proper water source nearby so that your bees do not have to use up a lot of energy to fly to a far source. You can set up your own water source but make sure that it’s at least 15 feet away from the hive so that the bees can orient themselves around it. Not to forget forage, ensure that there is a constant supply of pollen and nectar from spring to fall from various fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, and other plants around your colony. In addition, in order for the honey beekeeping business to be successful, it is necessary for land to be dry with superior air drainage. Windy areas should be avoided; the same applies to exposed hill tops or river banks with a potential of flooding. Take care that selected land for the honey bee farming business is free from pesticides that may cause harm to insects, particularly when they are kept in farming land used for grain among other plants. Your honey bee farming business plan should take into account the cost of purchasing or renting the land.
Good bee hives are essential when operating a profitable beekeeping business. There are many different types of bee hives developed for honey beekeeping. Example of beehives include f ixed comb hives, top-bar hives, frame hives, Kenyan top bar hive and the Langstroth hive. When a lot of people think of a beehives, most of them picture a Langstroth, this is because this is one of the oldest beehive invented around the 1850’s. The design has changed over the years, but this beehive is still convenient for your beekeeping enterprise. The key innovation with this beehive is the use of convenient vertically-hanging frames that allow bees to build their comb. You can also consider a Warre beehive, that looks like a mini-Langstroth for your project. The Warre has a series of simple slats from the top of each box which allows the bees to build their comb vertically downwards. The Top Bar Hive is another beehive you can consider for your honey beekeeping business. This is the most recent design, which is more comfortable and presents the bees with a convenient height. There are no heavy, honey-laden boxes to lift, only individual frames of comb. From these most common beehives, you can select one that is suitable for your project. Beehives are often made out of wood which offers durability, flexibility and convenience. Wood housing also improves the colony’s efficiency to regulate hive interior temperature and humidity. It is advisable to externally paint the hive bodies and supers white or any other colour that has an action of radiating direct heat from the sun. In addition, painted housing tends to last longer hence the suggestion. The costs of purchasing the beehives should be included in the beekeeping business plan.
Equipment For Beekeeping Business
When it comes to equipment, there is some basic equipment that you must have for your beekeeping project in addition to a beehive. You must have wooden frames that hold sheets of beeswax, plus a smoker to calm bees and reduce stinging. You can use a pine straw, grass and burlap to make a good smoker fuel. Invest in a veil and gloves to protect your head and arms from stings. Other p rotective clothing required for honey beekeeping includes bee suit/overalls and gumboots. You will also need feeders to hold sugar syrup that you can feed to your bees. A hive tool set (bee brush, hive opener and stainless-steel knife) is also required. Processing equipment required depend on the size of the honey beekeeping business. Honey processing equipment include storage containers, refractometer, centrifuge honey extractor and honey press. The costs of the equipment should be included in the honey beekeeping business plan.
Honey Bee Colony
You obviously need bees when starting the beekeeping business. There are different ways to acquire the bees. Some of these include buying from an existing colony, starting from a small “nucleus” colony that you can buy from another beekeeper, capturing a swarm or splitting an existing colony. You can start with a honey bee colony that is bought from a reputable producer. That would be a good way to ensure that the colony you have is healthy and of a particular breed. The entire honey bee farming business is centred on the honey bee colony. Honey bees live in colonies. Therefore, make sure that you purchase bees from reputable and accredited breeders. There are other to factors to consider when buying the colony, which include the temperament, docility, colour, productivity and disease resistance of the queen. Each colony will be having about 10,000 to 60,000 bees. The honey bee colony is made up of three types of bees. A bee colony is comprised of a queen (fertile female), a few hundred drones (males) and thousands of workers (sterile females). A honey bee colony is comprised of a single queen. The role of the queen is to lay eggs. Queen bees are raised from the same eggs as worker bees, but are provided with more food for increased productivity. She lays the most eggs during the first year, about 2500 to 3000 per day. Bees referred to as workers carry out different operations within the colony. They collect nectar and pollen, make honey and wax, feed the queen, tend to eggs, build and repair the comb. They are also responsible for cleaning and controlling temperature within the colony. The male bees are called drones and their sole purpose is to mate with the queen. So each hive will be comprised of one bee colony. Thus the size of your honey beekeeping business will be determined by the number of bee hives/bee colonies that you have. The honey bee farming business plan should include the costs of acquiring the bee colonies.
Feed For Bees
Feed and nutrition is an important aspect for the success of the bee farming business. Honey bees need essential nutrients for survival and reproduction. Like many other animals, they need carbohydrates, which is the sugar in nectar or honey, amino acids which are obtained from protein from pollen, lipids fatty acids, sterols, vitamins, minerals as well as water. It is important that these nutrients are present in the right quantities for the honey bees to survive and thrive. You may need to supplement food to honey bees to prevent them from starving. Make sure that you do not feed bees with honey unless it is from your own disease-free hives. However, it is important to emphasize that feeding bees shouldn’t be the norm. It is not uncommon to see an overuse of the feeder with new bee keepers. Feeding bees is only supplementary and should be treated as a way to address very specific cases.
Bees mainly obtain nutrients from pollen and honey. Bees do not need to be fed regularly, as long as flowers are available, bees will feed themselves. Supplementary feed is however sometimes necessary and can be in form of cane or beet sugar and isomerized corn syrup. Bees collect a number of substances to ensure survival and productivity:
- nectar – converted into honey and stored in beeswax cells
- pollen – provides most of the protein, amino acids, fats, vitamins and mineral requirements of diet
- water – for maintaining the temperature and humidity of the hive and diluting stored honey
- propolis –naturally occurring glue like substance used in sealing cracks and crevices in the hive
The number of employees required depends on the size of the bee farming business. You will need beekeepers who will be responsible for the bee hive management, feeding the bees, monitoring the apiary, harvesting and packaging the honey. The honey beekeeping farming business plan should cater for the costs of paying all your employees.
Capital for Honey Beekeeping Business
The amount depends on the scale of the honey beekeeping operations. You can get a loan from the bank, or funding from investors, to use as capital to start your honey bee farming business. If you plan to raise capital from investors and a loan from the bank, you need a good beekeeping business plan. If you don’t have access to investors and bank loan, you can use your personal savings and start small, and grow your business overtime. Honey bee farming is profitable, so if you reinvest the profits you get, you can quickly grow. Even if you are not planning to get a loan, you should still get a honey bee farm business plan to guide you in starting and operating the business. It is essential for you to have a honey beekeeping farming business plan before you venture into the beekeeping business, so that you know all the costs involved and you make an informed decision.
The end product of the beekeeping business is honey. Bees form honey from the nectar which they collect from flowers. So at harvest time, beekeepers will harvest the honey from the beehives. Honey is an excellent, stable sweetener and energy source for humans. For this reason, it is often sold in its natural form. It is also an essential ingredient in the confectionary and cosmetology industry. Another valuable byproduct from beekeeping is beeswax. The wax from bees is used to make products such as bath soap, shoes polish and candles. The market for honey is huge, potential customers include individuals, supermarkets , wholesalers, restaurants and organisations. The honey beekeeping business plan should obviously include a proper marketing strategy for the business.
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- Raising capital from investors/friends/relatives
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- Assessing profitability of the honey beekeeping business
- Finding a business partner
- Assessing the initial start-up costs so that you know how much to save
- Manual for current business owners to help in business and strategy formulation
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- Marketing Strategy
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- Risk Analysis
- Industry Analysis
- Market Analysis
- SWOT & PEST Analysis
- Operational Requirements (Including technical aspects of how to keep the bees, equipment requirements etc)
- Operational Strategy
- Why some people in the honey beekeeping business fail, so that you can avoid their mistakes
- Ways to raise capital to start your honey bee farming business
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BEEKEEPING Business Plan-AINEYA KENNEDY.docx
The apiculture business plan here is a detailed information on a natural beekeeping business plan for a community based organization. The plan also detailed the most products of beehive like, pollen, propolis, wax, royal Jelly and bee honey.
Priyatelenko V.Ya., Fursov V.N., Ilienko E.V. Effective Vasyl Priyatelenko's three-storey beehive with unique frames. – Abstracts of 44-thInternational Beekeeping Congress “Apimondia”, Daewon, South Korea, 15-20. September, 2015. – 2015, p.253-254
Gluschenko-Nikodim V.P., Fursov V.N. Effective technology of Mother of God’s beekeeping, with high productivity of honeybee rearing. – Abstracts of 44-th International Beekeeping Congress “Apimondia”, Korea, 15-20. September, 2015. – 2015, p.263. (in English)
Uganda has a very high potential for beekeeping given its floral diversity. This potential has not been fully exploited due to highly traditional production systems and limited apicultural research. This study, conducted in May 2014, was based on a survey of 60 beekeepers in areas adjacent to Kalinzu forest. The study employed a logistic regression model to assess the factors that influence the adoption of improved beehives. The study also analysed the local honey value chain to ascertain specific constraints affecting beekeeping in the study area. Results showed that education and training in beekeeping were the major factors influencing adoption of improved beehives. The honey value chain was dominated by beekeepers, middlemen and commercial processors. Pests, lack of equipment, low prices for bee products and farm sprays were the main factors affecting honey producers. Middlemen were constrained by high costs of transport, low quantities of honey collected and non-cash payments by buyers. Commercial processors were faced with honey adulteration, expensive equipment and unreliable honey supply. Commercialisation efforts should therefore focus on specialised trainings that overcome the constraints identified in the value chain.
Impact Assessment of Beekeeping in sustainable rural livelihood
Journal of Social Sciences COES&RJ-JSS
Beekeeping or apiculture is the preservation of honey bee colonies to get pure honey and helps in pollination. Beekeeping is a useful mean of strengthening livelihoods because it creates a variety of assets. The main focus of the study was to assess the impact of beekeeping training given by Society of facilitator and Trainer (SOFT) to females in Sargodha and Chakwal district. Capacity building of rural women in beekeeping was the focus and fifteen trainees’ beekeepers were selected randomly from each district for survey to assess the impact of beekeeping in their livelihood. The analysis suggests that there are some social and cultural barriers which restrict women to go out in the fields for the management practices of beekeeping. For future selection criteria of participants have to be focused and without the involvement of male member they can’t manage this whole activity in a better way. For young females it was very difficult to handle bees, proper colonies management, their supplement feeding, honey extraction, movement of hives etc. Economically, beekeeping increased keepers’ income but this ratio was very low in the targeted area. Training had to be gender based for sustaining livelihood. There are some problems identified by the beekeepers. Finally the authors have drawn some recommendations for future beekeeping trainings. In not shell there was no positive impact of beekeeping training of rural women.
Irene Onyango , Shadrack Muya , George Michuki , Samuel Kabochi , Muo Kasina , Erastus Mbugua
Honey bee population worldwide is dwindling due to a number of interrelated factors among them pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and metazoan parasites. These factors negatively affect agricultural production as well as the apiculture industry which is dependent on a seasonal abundance of honey bees year-round. As a result, food security and livelihood is compromised due to loss of pollinators. Majority of viruses infecting honey bees are positive-sense single-stranded RNA viruses of the order Picornavirales. The economically important viruses of bees in this order belong to family Dicistroviridae and Iflaviridae. Paenibacillus larvae and Melisococcus plutonius are bacteria known to cause bee brood diseases. This study aimed at identifying the viruses circulating in Kenyan honey bee colonies using next generation sequencing. Ribonucleic acid (RNA) was extracted from sixteen libraries and was used in cDNA synthesis using superscript II. The cDNA converted to dsDNA using Klenow reaction and used in amplification. 454 pyro sequencing was performed on genome sequencer FLX system. The resultant single reads were analyzed using CLC Genomic workbench. The reads were mapped on the full genomes of the identified viruses and then de novo assembled. The resultant contigs were interrogated using basic alignment search tool (BLAST) on national center for biotechnology information (NCBI) database. The contigs were exported to MEGA6 and used in phylogenetic analysis. The viruses identified belonged to family Iflaviridae and included deformed wing virus, Kakugo virus and Varroa destructor virus-1. Melissococcus plutonius and Enterococcus faecalis were also detected. Of the sixteen libraries sequenced, two libraries; Busia_adult and Siaya_brood reported the incidences of iflaviruses while five libraries had reads matching with M. plutonius and E. faecalis. There is need for a strategy in place for the management of bee diseases to enhance bee health and quality of hive products. Key words: Bee viruses, Paenibacillus larvae, Melissococcus plutonius, Iflavirus, Next generation sequencing R Skilton2, S Muya3, G Michuki2, S Kabochi1, H Kutima3 and M Kasina4
Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Andrzej K Kuropatnicki
The study adopted survey method with a target population of 4963 entrepreneur-farmers. The sample size of 370 was determined using Yamane (1967) formula (Eboh, 2009).Applying Bowley's proportional allocation statistical technique, the sample size for each category of respondents was estimated. The systematic linear random sampling technique was applied to select the 370 respondents. Primary and secondary sources of data were accessed. The primary data were collected through the researcher's self-designed questionnaire titled " Entrepreneur Self-Assessment Questionnaire(ESAQ) " .In the questionnaire, the five point Likert Scale was used to measure the agreeableness of the entrepreneurs on the subject, where Strongly Agree(SA),Agree(A),Neutral(N), Disagree(D),Strongly Disagree(SD) denote the values, 5,4,3,2,1 respectively. In-depth interviews were held with entrepreneur-farmers. Pilot survey was conducted. The instrument was validated by experts' opinions. Using Cronbach's Alpha technique, the reliability coefficient of 0.988 was determined, reflecting high degree of internal consistency of the research instrument. One hypothesis and a research question guided the study. At 0.05 level of significance and 15 degrees of freedom, the hypothesis was tested using one way ANOVA technique and Minitab software package. The study revealed that the extent of entrepreneur perception at 89.40 percent had significant positive effects on the growth of beekeeping in Abia State of Nigeria. Recommendations were made.
Claudia M Moreno
Apis mellifera or European honey bee is an insect of great economic and ecologic importance. Pollinator insects are quite important for plants and, among them, European honey bee is a well-known general pollinator which also helps to improve quantity and quality of crops production. In the last decades European honey bee has experienced a decrease in hives number in some countries and many studies have been and still are carried out to try to find the causes leading to this event. The aim of this paper is to review some of those studies to collect their main findings and their meaning in present situation of honey bees.
A cross sectional study was carried out from November 2014 to March 2015 for problems associated with Major Honey Bee Health problem in Toke-kutaye, District, West showa Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia with Particular Emphasis to Anti-varroa Investigation of Propolis. Purposive sampling was used in each kebele and a total of 40 beekeepers out off 5 kebeles were selected and Sampling was split proportionally and varies with the number of hives available between each beekeeper apiary site. Direct observation, inspection and laboratory examination was the main data collection techniques. Executing petr-dish bio assay set up were the main data collection techniques used to gather the information of various concentrations of propolis extracted in 55% ethanol. Laboratory examination results revealed that all diagnosed kebeles had varroa mite with infestation rate ranging from 80% to 92.3% and the presence of Nosema 39% and amoeba 62.3% in honey bees in 82 colonies tested out of 5 studied kebeles. All inspected hive had pests like wax moth, 82(61%) and spider (Lactrodectus mactan), 82 (59%). Antivarroa investigation of propolis as through bio assay revealed that the length of narcosis and rate of mortality of varroa dependence on the concentration of propolis used, the duration of contact time and the origins of propolis. Thus, treatment with a 20%, propolis solution in 55%ethanol resulted in 100% mortality rate at a contact time of 5s regardless of the origins of the propolis. However, treatment with 5% of propolis (Eastern hararge) narcosis lasted from 37.8 ± 4.41% to 30 ± 5% at 5s and 10s contact times respectively and 100% mortal at 20s contact time. Further research in this field needs to be encouraged, it is therefore very important that the existing problems are well managed to maintain bee health and that the risks and consequences of pests and diseases are well understood and appropriate plans in place to deal with any such honey bee health problem. This will help to sustain the health of honey bee already established in the bee keeper's apiary in the district.
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