Below is a description of this class offering. This is only open to MCBA members in good standing and the class size limit is 12. You can sign up for this event through the end of March. At that time the MCBA Board will hold a lottery to determine the 12 students. 20 will be selected and the the first 12 will be contacted for payment. If 12 do not pay within 2 weeks of notification the next alternate will get the option to join the class.
Learn to Raise Your Own Queens
Master Beekeeper, Vincent Aloyo, PhD
When you raise your own queens,
- · you can select the traits that are important to you:
- · you obtain queens adapted to your environment;
- · you avoid importing southern queens that may have mated with Africanized drones;
- · you can establish your own nucs.
When: May 16th and 17th, 2020
Where: Montgomery County 4-H Center
What: Learn the basics of queen rearing from Master Beekeeper, Vincent Aloyo, Ph.D. This 1 1/2-day course (May 16-17, 2020) will consist of lectures developing the principles underlying successful queen rearing. Additional time will be devoted to practicing grafting of larvae. Emphasis will be placed on the Cloake board method of queen rearing, but other methods will also be discussed. Successful grafts resulting in queen cells will be distributed to participants on Tuesday, May 26. Each participant will receive a Chinese grafting tool, a cell bar frame (choice of deep or medium frame), cell bars, and plastic queen cell cups.
Participation is limited to 12 individuals to ensure that each participant will have supervised grafting practice. If more than 12 individuals register, the 12 participants will be chosen via a lottery.
Intensive queen rearing weekend May 16, 2020: Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday (May 17) noon-4pm. Queen cell pickup: Tuesday May 26 at 6pm. Cost:
$175 per student. No payment is expected at time of registration. After lottery is drawn, registrants will be notified of their status, and those chosen to participate will receive an invoice.
Registration deadline is March 31.