SUCCESSFUL SALE OF AI BREEDER QUEENS BY AQBBP
The sale of the young untested AI queens has been successfully carried out for this spring. There are some extra lines available for sale as extras were inseminated at the time of inseminating the queens for the orders we had.
It is expected that the performance of the queens sent out will be excellent and that word of mouth will increase the numbers of queens ordered next time. This programme was started by industry and is there to serve industry.
This programme is there to help the beekeeping industry and having that pool of genetic material lends itself to having evaluations carried out in many areas.
So if you need a breeder queen, please contact me and we will see what we can do for you. The evaluation data is still on the website so when I advise you what lines are available, you can check to see the performance of these lines.
YOUNG AI QUEENS AVAILABLE FROM AQBBP
(Australian Queen Bee Breeding Group)
After several years of operations, the Australian Queen Bee Breeding program (AQBBP), run by the Australian Queen Bee Breeding Group (AQBBG), has been looking at the uptake of queen bees from the program. To date the number of evaluated queen bees sold has not been very high.
The AQBBG has asked questions of many queen bee breeders and beekeepers and the feedback has been that the evaluated queens that they purchased did not have a very long serviceable life. This is understandable as the queens, when purchased, are normally 12 months old and have been through a vigorous evaluation regime. So, in response to the feedback, the AQBBP is offering AI queens bees for sale that have been inseminated from the top lines with pooled semen. These will be young queen bees which have not been evaluated. This will mean that they should live for a reasonable time. The AQBBP will have young AI queen bees available that you can choose the line that you wish and these will be inseminated with pooled semen.
The cost for these young unevaluated AI queen bees will be $250. There is no GST on this amount as the AQBBG is not registered for GST. There is the possibility that you can have a particular line inseminated with the drones of your choice of lines but a price for this would need to be negotiated. Performance data, collected over a couple of year plus some personal observations, is listed.