Our breeding is based on trait selection rather than attempting to breed a specific race. We are focused on selecting for:
We select our best performing colonies from our bee yards when breeding our bees. Colony performance is based on continuously collected data from our beekeepers. Each yard contains at least 45 colonies at all times. Each spring the very best from these yards are chosen to graft from. Runner up colonies are used to flood the area with drones. Any poor performing colonies are removed and replaced with colonies from our yards.
Each year I purchase queens from various sources which I install at a test apiary for over wintering and evaluation. Those that show promise are brought to an out yard, where eventually they may be selected to our breeding yards. We also source some nucs from neighbouring beekeepers whose practices we respect.
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