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Successful Queen Rearing Short Course

 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 $295.00 which includes Successful Queen Rearing manual, Honey Bee Diseases and Pests manual, lunch, and refreshments. Those attending the course receive a professional video (DVD) demonstrating the queen rearing techniques. 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?

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Friday, July 10
8:30       Registration
9:00       Class
12:00      Lunch (provided)
1:00       Class
5:00       Adjourn

Saturday, July 11 (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)
4:30       Adjourn

Sunday, July 12 (note: bring your own veil and other protective gear!)
9:00       Taking Grafting Cells out of Swarm Box and Placing in Finishing Colony
10:30     Adjourn


Marla Spivak, Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota
Gary Reuter, Apiculture Technician, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota 

A Queen Rearing Graduate's Perspective (pdf)

by Kristen and Michael Traynor


Register online -

View the 2015 registration form and agenda (PDF)

Refunds: $245 will be given to participants who cancel in writing by midnight, June 16, 2013

Cancellations: Send to Gary S. Reuter, 1980 Folwell Ave. Room 219, St. Paul, MN 55108-6125 or by email.

Other Information

St. Paul Campus Location

Hodson Hall Location

U of M Parking Service Website

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