Saskatchewan Beekeeping Industry - Cost of Production Study

As commissioned by SBDC
Conducted by Svenja Belaoussoff

The study found:

  • The overall cost of production in 2015 varied from $1.05 to $1.88 per pound  of honey produced.
  • The average overall cost of production in 2015 was $1.48 with a standard deviation of $0.32 per pound of honey produced.
  • The average total cost of operating a colony in 2015 was $471.38 with a standard deviation of $130.61.
  • The cash costs (all costs except non-arms length wages and depreciation) of operating a colony in 2015 was $1.26 with a standard deviation of $0.26 per pound of honey produced.
  • The average income per beekeeper for 2015 was $899,059.16 with a standard deviation of $367,165.63.
  • The average net profit per beekeeper in 2015 was $14,348.40 with a standard deviation of $204,697.49.
  • The biggest expenses were wages, amortization/depreciation and feed at $0.53 per pound, $0.15 per pound and $0.10 per pound respectively.

Notes: Please note that the standard deviations are large and that these numbers are from a study of 8 beekeepers.

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Importation of Bees in Saskatchewan

Important Notice:
The SBA Board is concerned about the negative impact of bees on comb approved for import into Saskatchewan. Please direct your concerns regarding the importation of bees on comb to the Honourable Lyle Stewart, or our Provincial Specialist in apiculture Geoff Wilson