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Farm Manager - Apiary Production

 Lee Townsend

Beekeeping Farming Overview

The 'apiculture' or beekeeping industry includes operations that are primarily engaged in raising bees, collecting and gathering honey, and performing other beekeeping activities. While the number of apiaries has shrunk, the average size has grown, with the net result that the industry’s workforce has grown since 2011.

  •  The industry is primarily located in the Prairies. Together, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan account for 60% of apiaries and three-quarters of all product sales. While honey production has seen limited growth over the past decade, the apiculture industry has a very strong outlook for future growth.

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Beekeeping Farm Managers and Owners have an overall responsibility for the operation.

  • Farm Managers operate farm equipment and acquire skills/knowledge through a combination of on-the-job training, formal training, and experience. Education and training can include formal and informal learning experiences, extensive specific work experience, and a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree.

Typical Job Titles

  • Apiary Manager
  • Beekeeping Manager
  • Harvest Manager
  • Owner/Operator
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What are the major tasks associated to this job?

Apiary Farm Managers manage activities related to growing, raising, and harvesting livestock.

  • Manage strategic planning
  • Manage human resources
  • Manage finances and administration
  • Manage risk
  • Manage customer relations
  • Manage health and safety
  • Manage food safety and security
  • Manage production
  • Manage compliance with legislation and regulations
  • Develop SOPs for farm management
  • Manage biosecurity
  • Manage environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Implement spring management procedures
  • Manage the maintenance of hive equipment, supplies and storage facilities
  • Manage bee health
  • Manage pollen harvest
  • Manage bee nutrition
  • Manage the handling and transportation of bees and equipment for pollination
  • Manage queen rearing
  • Manage honey harvest
  • Manage fall and winter activities
  • Manage equipment, supplies and products
  • Apply knowledge specific to bee operations

What competencies are required for this job?

These competencies were identified as most important for successful job performance.

  • Agriculture Health and Safety
  • Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
  • Apiary Production
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Resource Management
  • Risk Management
  • Fostering Relationships
  • Strategic Thinking

What attracts people to this job?

Managers in agriculture plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations and functions of farms. They are responsible for growing crops, raising and breeding livestock, poultry and other animals and marketing farm products.

Are there opportunities for growth in this job?

To become a manager doesn’t mean having to own your own farm or business, there are many opportunities to manage on larger operations.

  • Managers can be recruited to work for companies that provide supplies and support services to agricultural operations (e.g. feed companies, equipment suppliers, etc.).

What are the typical pay rates and benefits for this job?

Depending on the operation and the region of Canada, hired managers in agriculture generally earn from $19 to $36 per hour, or $39,500 to $74,800 per year.

Generally from

To

 

$39,500/yr

$74,800/yr

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey; June 2017.