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Honey harvest down, goats in poor condition in Livingston County, Missouri
7/12/2018 6:39:14 PM

Business & Industry
Livingston County, MO

Start Date: 7/12/2018 - End Date: 7/12/2018
Beekeeping - We currently have 25 hives. We will have little or no honey harvest this year and some of the hives will not go into winter with enough food stores to survive the winter without being supplemented with sugar syrup. Sugar syrup is not a healthy substitute for honey. We expect higher than normal losses over the winter due to poor nutrition unless we get rain before the late season wildflowers bloom. Beekeeping Equipment sales - Summer equipment sales and honey bottles sales are down due to lack of nectar for the bees. Goats - Pasture is in very poor condition and goats are needing to be supplemented to maintain condition. We have sold a few goats early and at a lower price to take pressure off the pastures. From Livingston County, Missouri, on July 12, 2018. Via the Missouri Extension DIR, the submitter of this report also noted the following at this location: Degree of dryness: Severely Dry. Sectors impacted: Agriculture, Other business & industry