We were able to attend the Queen Rearing workshop with Sue Cobey at the Texas A&M Honey Bee Lab and it was a great event filled with a lot of super valuable information. We did some hands on and classroom training, received kits to help with queen grafting at home, and were able to get a glimpse of the research that the honey bee lab does on a daily basis.
This was an all day classroom event that Juliana Rangel and her team put on each year. It included watching artificial insemination using a high definition camera, precision instruments, and a lot of skill.
A few highlights from our journey:
Sue Cobey was skeptical that mite resistant stock is currently a good option for hobby beekeepers unless they have a good understanding of genetics and can watch for signs that the genetics need improvement. She also pointed out that when “open mating” you cannot control the drone genetics and could be inviting unwanted traits into your apiary.