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Instrumental Insemination – Architecture of a Successful Breeding Program
August 22 @ 9:00 am - August 23 @ 5:00 pm$800.
Sponsored by the Indiana Queen Breeders Association (IQBA) https://www.iqbaindiana.com
At the Purdue University Honey Bee Laboratory August 22 and 23 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
The class is designed for beekeepers and researchers who want to improve their population of honey bees and maintain a breeding program with improved survivability for their area. The goal is to disseminate current information and techniques; therefore, classes are kept small (6) students. Detailed instruction and hands-on practice of semen collection and insemination of queens will be emphasized and facilitated with the use of a video camera. Queen and drone biology lecture will be presented along with the preparation and care of virgin queens and drones. Virgin queens and drones will be provided for the students. Successful queen rearing skills are a prerequisite. Provision of your own insemination equipment is required. Microscopes will be provided for use upon request with a $25 rental fee. Students will be able to take their successfully inseminated queensï¿½ home, to see if they survive. Cost of the two-day interactive course is $800.