Queen Breeding – Selection & Testing

£135.00 inc. VAT

For dedicated beekeepers and experienced queen rearers, mastering queen breeding is an indispensable skill. Elevate your queen rearing expertise with this comprehensive course, designed to empower you with the knowledge and hands-on skills required to establish and enhance an effective breeding program.

Course Highlights:

  • Trait Selection: Acquire the ability to select for desirable traits and eliminate problematic ones, a fundamental skill for serious queen rearers.
  • Breeding Program Essentials: Learn the principles of creating a successful breeding program, from trait selection to the evaluation and improvement of your breeding strategy.
  • Trait Testing: Discover the art of testing for various traits and how to make informed decisions when choosing breeder queens.

Who Should Attend:

This course is tailored for beekeepers with a strong foundation in queen rearing and a keen desire to delve deeper into the world of breeding. If you’re passionate about producing high-quality queens and taking your beekeeping journey to the next level, this course is your next step.

Elevate your bee breeding skills and gain the expertise needed to produce queens that meet your specific criteria. Join us and unlock the secrets of successful queen breeding.

Note: Prior experience in queen rearing is highly recommended for this course.

Book now to secure your place in this exclusive course.

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Queen Breeding & Testing Course for Experienced Beekeepers

Elevate your beekeeping to a new level with our comprehensive one-day course focused on queen breeding, selection, and testing. Tailored for seasoned beekeepers with prior experience, this course equips you with the knowledge and skills to establish or enhance your bee breeding program.

Course Highlights:

  • Genetics & Heritability: Gain in-depth insights into honeybee genetics and heritability, laying a solid foundation for your breeding endeavors.
  • Trait Development & Environmental Impacts: Explore the intricate relationship between trait development and environmental factors, allowing you to make informed breeding decisions.
  • Drones and Queens: Understand the pivotal roles that drones and queens play in trait development and presentation.
  • Principles of Breeding: Learn the principles of effective breeding program creation, trait selection, and their respective importance.
  • Program Evaluation: Discover how to evaluate and refine your breeding program for continuous improvement.
  • Testing Methods: Explore a range of testing methods, including VSH assays and hygienic behavioural assessments, and how to record and analyse results.

Required Equipment:

  • Bee Suit and Gloves: Ensure your safety and comfort during hands-on activities.
  • Suitable Footwear or Welly Boots: Choose proper footwear for practical sessions in and around the hives.
  • Pen and Paper: Bring these essentials to take notes and record important details throughout the course.
  • Clean Beekeeping Equipment: All your beekeeping equipment must be thoroughly cleaned and washed before attending the course.

This intensive course equips you with the knowledge and tools needed to build and refine a successful breeding program. Produce high-quality queens tailored to your specific requirements and take your beekeeping to the next level.


The course will be held at our South Molton, North Devon site, with details provided prior to your course date. Join us for a full day of learning, from 9:00 to 17:00.

Queen Breeding – Selection & Testing