Aspects of bee improvement
The General Husbandry is an assessment to prove to yourself that you are a competent beekeeper managing your own hives in the variety of the situations the bees often throw up over the years.
The holder of this assessment can truly be proud of their beekeeping. This booklet hopes to guide you through techniques used successfully by experienced beekeepers.
Showing two assessors round your beekeeping enterprise can be quite a trial. It is easier to reproduce a task if it comes from physical memory rather than just book learnt so practising the manoeuvres required means you are confident.
This booklet does not include all the sections of the syllabus. The major omission is disease but APHA produce excellent booklets with good photographic illustrations on disease.
Bill Hesbach is a beekeeper and honey producer in Cheshire, Ct, where he owns and operates Wind Dance Apiary. Bill studied beekeeping at Rutgers University in NJ and is currently enrolled in the master beekeeping program at the University of Montana. Bill serves on the board of directors for the Backyard Beekeepers Association of Connecticut, where he helps teach new beekeepers, and designs and teaches advanced beekeeping courses. Bill has an avid interest in honey bee biology and beekeeping history. As an advocate for bees, Bill is an active speaker at local beekeeping organisations, area elementary and high schools, and regional agricultural programs. Bill is also a contributing writer to Bee Culture Magazine.
As an introduction to instrumental insemination this publication addresses the frequently asked questions about the technique. The answers are meant to give direction to further inquiry and to help evaluate the need and what is involved in mastering this skill.
Commercial queen producers recognise the need for more rigorous programs to select, improve and maintain their breeding stocks. The public awareness of “CCD” and the movement of Africanised honey bees adds to this urgency. The development of micro-breeders and programs to select locally adapted and survival stock becoming more prevalent. Given these issues and concerns, a method of controlled mating is essential in achieving the goals of selective breeding.
We have recently taken into stock this Australian title which we consider to be the most up to date publication, (and probable with Woodward – Queen Bee, the best two titles currently available) on all aspects of Queen Bee production & selective breeding for colony improvement.
The Hive and The Honey Bee. NEW EDITION 29 Chapters, 44 Authors 1057 pages (larger page format – 7 x 10 inches) colour pictures. An amazing source of information on all aspects of the bee and beekeeping. The 1000+ pages with many colour plates in 29 chapters makes this international volume the perfect 2015 Christmas present.
For over 70 years Wedmore’s Manual has been the reference book of choice for answers to all practical beekeeping questions. This updated reprint, with contributions from an eminent panel of contributors is one that all serious beekeeper should have on their bookshelf.
This collection of articles from The Beekeepers Quarterly, over a period of ten years, gather together the words of wisdom by a Great American Beekeeper. There is much that can be learnt from this reading this slim volume that will improve all beekeeping practice..Researcher, commercial beekeeper and finally bee geneticists – with experience in both America and Europe it was said of Steve that if he said it – ‘it was correct’.
This booklet originally published by the Welsh Beekeepers Association this title is meant for those with two or three hives who wish to make small increases without influencing the eventual honey crop.
Jo Widdicombe, B.Sc. (Hons.) Environmental Science, has been beekeeping for over 30 years and has been a member of BIBBA for more than 25 years, serving on the BIBBA Committee. Jo worked as a Seasonal Bee Inspector for 5 years and is a Bee Farmer in Cornwall running over 100 colonies. ‘The Principles of Bee Improvement’ offers a practical approach and is an attempt to lay down guidelines which are true and applicable to beekeepers in any circumstance. Rather than searching the country, or the world, for the perfect bee to breed from, this book explains how to select and improve bees from the local bee population. It discusses the problems of importation, the use of natural and artificial selection, assessment of colonies and selection within a strain. By following these methods, the standards of our bees can be raised, producing gentle, hardy and productive bees.
Norman Carreck, Science Director IBRA says that “This is the definitive review by authors who have personally carried out much of the primary research on the topic” while Tom Seeley of Cornnell University suggests that it is “No other work describes so comprehensively, and with such excellent photographs and diagrams, the marvellous mating biology of honey bees”.
‘A truly impressive synthesis on an enormous body of research on the reproductive biology, and especially the mating behaviour of honey bees. No other work describes so comprehensively, and with such excellent photographs and diagrams, the marvellous mating biology of honey bees.’ Professor Tom Seeley, Cornell University