Successful Queen Rearing Short Course

The good news is that we are building a new Bee Research Lab here on the St Paul campus, which will make our Queen Rearing Course super amazing when it is finally built. The bad news is that it will not be complete this summer, and we will not have full access to our current facility and apiaries this summer.  We will not have a place to conduct the most important hands-on portion of this class this summer, and, unfortunately, we need to cancel the course this summer (2016). Class for 2017 will be July 21, 22 & 23, 2017. Click here to register for 2017.

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 limited 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 - don't click here - The good news is that we are building a new Bee Research Lab here on the St Paul campus, which will make our Queen Rearing Course super amazing when it is finally built. The bad news is that it will not be complete this summer, and we will not have full access to our current facility and apiaries this summer.  We will not have a place to conduct the most important hands-on portion of this class this summer, and, unfortunately, we need to cancel the course this summer (2016). Class for 2017 will be July 21, 22 & 23, 2017.

Learn about:

  • Introduction to Queen Rearing
  • Biology of Queens
  • Equipment Used
  • Record Keeping
  • Choosing Breeder Stock
  • Drones
  • Commercial Queen Production
  • Preparing Finishing Colony
  • Preparing Swarm Box
  • Grafting (hands on)
  • Alternative Methods
  • Procedure from Egg to Queen
  • Queen Mating
  • Practicing what you have learned
  • Marking Queens

Agenda

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

Instructors

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

Course Details

A Queen Rearing Graduate's Perspective (.pdf) by Kristen and Michael Traynor

Registration  - There will not be a class in 2016. Resumes 2017

Register online July 21,22& 23. 2017

2017 registration form and agenda PDF

Refunds: $260 will be given to participants who cancel in writing by midnight, July 16, 2017

Cancellations: Send to Gary S. Reuter, 1980 Folwell Ave. Ste 219, St. Paul, MN 55108-6125 or by emailing reute001@umn.edu.

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