Selection - Breeding
Why should we select bees ?
Is it better to feed your colonies incessantly or to select bees with good saving sense ? Without selection, beekeeping becomes passive and subjected to environment's good will. It is important to overcome issues and optimize apiary management with a genetic adaptation. For this purpose, it is necessary to practise selection and breeding.
This method will enable you to:
- Improve your bees performance
- Facilitate your work in the apiary
- Increase your income
What is genetic selection ?
Our work is to help beekeepers to select a bee adapted to his work and environment. She must be productive, gentle and must require the lowest care. Sanitary aspects are also essentials, in particular 100% hygienic and VSH bees.
The method can be summarized into 3 steps:
- An attentive observation of the apiary to select beehives corresponding to objective criteria previously chosen. It is the stage of biological father and mother selection.
- A control of fertilizations (insemination or controlled fertilization)
- A rigorous selection of descendants. Its is called the testing stage.
Each step is important and only a rigorous respect of this method will enable to make effective progress.
|Introduction to selection programmes
Criteria selection, fertilization control, origin testing, etc.
|Planning a selection programme
Calendars management, roles distribution, writing and monitoring pedigrees, cross-breeding strategies, etc.
|The use of fertilization nucleis
Management of a fertilization centre, introduction of royal cells or virgin queens, etc.
|Insemination - level 1
Preparation of equipment, anatomy, manipulations with trainer (sperm sampling, queen insemination), etc.
| Insemination - level 2
Preparation of equipment, manipulations in full autonomy, (sperm sampling, queen insemination), etc.
|Introduction to criteria and testing methods
Evaluation criteria, hierarchisation, quotations, etc.
|Testing methods - level 2
Feedbacks, quotations, hygienic tests, statistical analysis of results, etc.
|Genetic characterization : bees morphometric analysis
bees wings preparation, training to Apiclass software, etc.
What is my level ?
| I never opened a beehive.
I am a beginner beekeeper.
|I have already some beehives and some experience in beekeeping.|| I am an experienced beekeeper.
I manage at least 50 beehives.