Saturday, October 9, 2010

North Carolina Bee-Breeding Clinic in Waynesville, NC

Buncombe County Beekeepers Chapter members Debra Roberts, Carl Chesick and Lee Banks were fortunate selectees to attend the Born and Bred in North Carolina: Bee-Breeding Clinic held in Waynesville, NC on October 8 - 9, 2010! They were among the 15 participants who were selected out of 80 applicants to attend this advanced training.

Topics covered in the clinic included a review of the History of Commercial Queen Production, Honey Bee Genetics, Selective Breeding, Controlled Mating and Stocks of Honey Bees. The clinic also included a demonstration of Instrumental Insemination and featured a hands-on exercise demonstrating Selection for Desirable Traits in Honey Bees.

The students received valuable information from David Tarpy and Juliana Rangel from North Carolina State University. The information provided was advanced in nature but was presented in a clear and understandable format. Thanks David and Juliana for all you do to educate us in how to better care for our bees!

A very special thanks to Haywood County Extension Agent Bill Skelton and the Haywood County Beekeepers Chapter for their warm hospitality!

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