Successful Queen Rearing Short Course

Due to Covid19 precautions, we will not be holding in-person classes until it is safe.  Instead, we are designing new, exciting on-line modules that cover the same beekeeping information - and more! -  so stay tuned for information on future registration.  

Class for 2020 was to be  July 17, 18 & 19, 2020.  We regret to inform you that we are cancelling the Queen Rearing Course this summer (July 17-19,2020), due to current and pending restrictions related to Covid-19.  There is so much uncertainty in  what we can and cannot do at the University, and everywhere, for the months going forward, we decided to take a certain path and cancel the class. 

Next Class July 16-18, 2021 Register

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 $350.00 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 -

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


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

Course Details

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

Registration  -

July 17, 18 & 19. 2020 canceled

Next class July 16, 17 & 18. 2021 Click to registar

Location: University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus, St. Paul, MN 55108

Cost: $350.00 for 2 1/2 days

Refunds: $320.00 will be given to participants who cancel in writing by midnight, July 5, 2020. No refund afer that date.

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

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