Queen Rearing
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Russian Honeybee Breeders Association (RHBA)
All-Day Queen Rearing Program - Tuesday 8/14

Members of the Russian Honeybee Breeders Association (RHBA) will present a day long program on queen rearing during the Short Course on Tuesday, August 14thRHBA has, since its incorporation on November 1, 2007, worked to improve Varroa mite tolerance of the Russian honeybee. By maintaining breeding stock through testing and verifying mite tolerance they select breeder queens and drones proven to have mite reducing characteristics. Members continue to improve individual breeding lines within the framework of the queen breeding model first set up by the Baton Rouge ARS-USDA Bee Lab. Their breeding program is working, and they continue to see improvement as members refine the RHBA queen breeding procedures. They have learned a great deal in ten years and will be sharing many of these techniques and observations with EAS members.

RHBA members will provide specific information regarding the history, breeding program, and management of the Russian honeybee. We will also be presenting general information to help participants rear queens. Although our focus will be on smaller apiaries, RHBA members represent operations of several hundred to more then ten thousand colonies. RHBA members also represent diverse demographics including states with long winters and extremely hot summers. In other words, we represent a wide variety of management, environmental, and beekeeping scenarios. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions regarding Russian bees and queen rearing from beekeepers with years of practical experience.

Topics include:

History & Structure of the RHBA Breeding Program, Selecting for Improvement, Mating Yards, The Queen Rearing Process, Management of Russian Bees, Comparison of Russian and Italian bees, and several members will also be available in the bee yard to talk about and demonstrate grafting, and starter / finisher colonies.

 

RHBA members will provide specific information regarding the history, breeding program, and management of the Russian honeybee. We will also be presenting general information to help participants rear queens. Although our focus will be on smaller apiaries, RHBA members represent operations of several hundred to more then ten thousand colonies. RHBA members also represent diverse demographics including states with long winters and extremely hot summers. In other words, we represent a wide variety of management, environmental, and beekeeping scenarios. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions regarding Russian bees and queen rearing from beekeepers with years of practical experience.

 

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