Why not rear your own queens? The University of Minnesota Queen Rearing short course teaches one method of rearing queens that works consistently for both hobby and commercial beekeepers. Topics covered include queen and drone biology, timing of queen rearing in northern climates, stock selection and breeding for hygienic behavior, setting up mating yards, and record keeping. Everyone will have a chance to try their hand at grafting larvae and raising their own queens. A unique feature of the course is the section on queen rearing equipment designs that will allow you to build your own!
The cost for the 2 1/2 day course is $250.00 which includes Successful Queen Rearing manual, Honey Bee Diseases and Pests manual, lunch, and refreshments. Those attending the course may purchase a professional video (VHS or DVD) demonstrating the queen rearing techniques at a discount price of $30. Enrollment is limited to 32 people, so register early!
This course is for anyone interested in learning how to raise queens who has at least one year of beekeeping experience.
This class is to 32 people. Registration is first come first served.
1. Explain your reason for taking this course, including why you want to raise queens.
2. How many colonies do you maintain?
Please Register online - click here - soon
Friday, June 28
12:00 Lunch (provided)
Saturday, June 29 (note: bring your own veil and other protective gear!)
8:30 Hive Manipulations and Grafting (Indoor, practice run)
12:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:15 Hive Manipulations and Grafting (Outdoor, real thing)
Sunday, June 30 (note: bring your own veil and other protective gear!)
9:00 Taking Grafting Cells out of Swarm Box and Placing in Finishing Colony
Refunds: $225 will be given to participants who cancel in writing by June 12, 2013
Cancellations: Send to Gary S. Reuter, 1980 Folwell Ave. Room 219, St. Paul, MN 55108-6125 or by email.
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