|Posted by douglasfarm on January 24, 2011 at 5:01 PM|
Many breeders have increased their prices at much as 19% for 2011 bees in comparison to 2010. A brief survey of prices indicate an average of 17% increase in prices. This is likely due to the increase in demand for domestic bees. This year APHIS is prohibiting the import of honeybees from Australia. Customers who had been purchasing those bees are now putting greater demand on domestic suppliers. They will also likely sell out much faster this year. Thousands of packages, maybe even a few million, had been supplementing domestic production in 2010.
This is great for breeders and package makers as they will sell more and can charge more for their bees. It however, means higher prices and less supply for your local beekeepers.
Douglas farm has increased their bee prices 0% to 4% depending on the item for 2011. Two items we actually lowered in price.:)