Bees - Queen bee breeding

Course details

Name:Queen bee breeding
Description:This course suits experienced beekeepers with a thorough knowledge of pests and diseases of honey bees.  It will be of particular interest to beekeepers wanting to enter the queen bee industry.
Cost:$600 (GST free)
Course aims:
  • Develop an understanding of queen bee production.
  • Develop and demonstrate the skills to produce quality queen bees.
Learning outcomes:
  • Graft queen cells with correct age larvae.
  • Raise quality queen bees.
  • Implement a queen breeding program
Length:2 days
Course program/structure:Day 1
  • Introduction
  • Queen bee rearing principles
  • Cell bars and cell raising colonies
  • Grafting
  • Managing small and large numbers of cells
  • Mating procedure
  • Biology of honey bees
  • Castes
  • Reproductive system
  • Life cycle
  • Importance of nutrition and disease management

Day 2

  • Genetics
  • Breeding program and selection of stock
  • Drone mother hive management
  • Nucleus colony size/management
  • Mating yard design
  • Catching, marking, clipping and caging queen bees
  • Packing, mailing and transporting queen bees
  • Banking queens
  • Queen candy
  • Queen bee introduction
  • Artificial Insemination (AI)
  • Conclusion
Resources and method of delivery: Each participant receives the Queen Bee Breeding AgGuide and grafting kit.

This course is delivered using both indoor and outdoor instruction.

Accreditation:This course has been mapped to the national unit of competency, AHCBEK407 - Rear queen bees.


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Other dates and locations are available on demand.

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Current scheduled courses

course date
Tocal College, Paterson (near Maitland) 1st Oct 2019


Tocal College, Paterson (near Maitland)

1 Oct 2019 - 2 Oct 2019

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