LEARN TO RAISE YOUR OWN QUEENS AT OUR QUEEN REARING WORKSHOP
May 24th & 25th, 2014
DETAILED COURSE AGENDA AVAILABLE HERE SOON!
The 2014 Three Rivers Beekeepers Queen Rearing Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, May 24th and Sunday, May 25th. Classroom instruction will be held at the University of Missouri Extension Center in St. Peters, as well as hands-on instruction at our club apiary located at the Extension Center.
We’re very pleased to include as our main instructors for the workshop Cory Stevens, Stu Jacobson and others to be announced - all seasoned queen rearing veterans with proven track records raising queens. Click here to learn more about our instructors.
This course is jam-packed with need-to-know queen rearing instruction, including:
- What You Need to Know About Selecting a Breeder Queen
- Cell Production Biology
- The Equipment You’ll Need for a Small-Scale Operation
- Setting Up a Starter Colony
- Grafting the Right Way
- Alternatives to Grafting
- Setting Up a Finishing Colony
- Simplified Queen Rearing Using the Cloake Board
- Using Mating Nucs
- Backyard “Minimalist” Techniques for Raising a Few Queens
- … and much, much more!
The registration fee for the workshop is $85 per person. So that we can provide an effective hands-on environment with lots of one-on-one instruction, we will limit the class size to thirty-six (36).
This is an intensive queen rearing workshop with hands-on instruction. As such, it is designed for those with at least one year of beekeeping experience and a commitment to producing queens for themselves, or for others. If you are a new beekeeper with an interest in queen rearing, yet little experience with your bees, be patient, another queen rearing workshop is planned for this time next year.
Cory Stevens comes to us from Dexter, Missouri, where he and his wife, Jaime, manage over fifty colonies … plus an increasingly popular queen rearing operation. He implements VSH and hygienic genetics from instrumentally inseminated queens. Cory also collects and experiments with feral colonies in his queen rearing operation, using some for breeding. To insure a hardy genetic stock, he uses no treatments in his colonies. Cory is swiftly gaining wide-spread popularity for his queen breeding operation. He is the current Southeast Regional Director for the Missouri State Beekeepers Association.
Stu Jacobson started keeping bees on Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 1973. After getting his PhD in biology, he spent one year studying Africanized bees in Venezuela; he has also conducted research on honey bee management, overwintering nucs and small hive beetles. Stu is retired from the University of Illinois-Springfield where he conducted education programs for university extension staff and volunteers, including one focused on pollination and honey bees. He coordinates the Illinois Queen Initiative for which he obtained two small USDA grants for increasing the production and use of locally-adapted, disease and mite resistant queens.