History of A.H. Meyer and Sons
(Meyer Honey Farms)
A.H. Meyer and Sons, Inc. history began soon after Alfred Henry Meyer came from Switzerland in 1911 as an 11 year old boy looking for a new life. He and his father worked in Oregon and Utah together until they were able to bring the rest of their family to the United States.
While in Utah, Alfred began working for a local farmer named N. E. Miller. Miller put A.H. in charge of the beehives he had on his property. Over time, Miller began sending A.H. to California with the bees during the winter.
A.H. would ride the trains with the bees. He would pack several barrels of water on the train to make sure the bees stayed hydrated. Today, bees are transported by semi-trucks.
Eventually, A.H. and his brother Gus, began their own beekeeping business. As their families grew, it was only natural for the two brothers to split their business. Gus took the Utah area, and A.H. took the Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana area.
As beekeeping is a migratory business, it was only natural for A.H. to continue to look for land that would produce the best honey. He found that place in the Dakotas.
In the late 1950's, A.H. and his sons, Irel and Jack, came to the areas of Yankton and Winfred, South Dakota. Their bees thrived on the abundance of sweet clover in these areas.
(Jack Meyer Sr. (right) and Irel Meyer's First Bee Truck)
A.H. Meyer and Sons, Inc. found a permanent home in Winfred, SD in 1964. Today, they add value to the surrounding community of beekeepers by providing rendering services.
Part of what makes A.H. Meyer and Sons, Inc. history interesting are the inventions of Irel and Jack Meyer Sr. In the early days of Beekeeping there were no bobcats to help load and unload beehives in the the field. Irel and Jack Sr. invented a motorized handcart called an E-Z Loader to help solve this problem.
Jack and Irel also invented the first galvanized clip. These clips continue to keep bee colonies in place during transportation.
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A.H. Meyer and Sons rich history continues today. The company still extracts the honey they receive from their bee colonies. They have a packaging plant in Winfred, SD. where they continue to package their famous creamed honey using the recipe passed down from A.H.
During the winter months, A.H. Meyer and Sons keeps busy by sending bees to California to help pollinate the Almond trees. Once they are finished with the pollination season, they ship the bees to Louisiana where they have a queening operation. It is here that their primary hives are split and new queens are introduced. This makes it possible for A.H. Meyer and Sons, Inc. to continue to have strong bees for the next honey season in the Dakotas.
Today, the history and tradition of A.H. Meyer and Sons, Inc. is carried on by Jack Meyer Jr. and his son, J.B. Meyer.
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