Queenbreeding with Buckfast bees, selection and sale.

 

Buckfast breeding.


Since 1998 I have worked with breeding, and selection, of Buckfast bees after the principles laid down by Brother Adam, the famous monk from Buckfast Abbey. The first 3 years as an employee, and apprentice, by the late Poul Erik Sørensen, who at that time was the top breeder in the danish Buckfast breeding community. Beside my work at his operation, I'd build up my own beekeeping from pure hobby to a good sideline business.

After more than 15 years of intense work, I have developed and stabilised my own breeding strain.

As most beekeepers will know, who has been in touch with queenbreeding, things are not permanent. A strain of bees has to be maintained, renewed and constantly tended for, to keep it in full vigour an with high vitality.

 

The fundamentals in danish Buckfast breeding today, can be summed up to the following:

 

  • Consistent and persistent breeding, where negative traits are beeing culled out ruthlessly.
  • The good traits of stable lines must constantly be evaluated, and when needed supplied with fresh genetic material, to maintain the vitality of the lines.
  • Breeding and selection is not a constant. Traits and needs of the present day has to be incorporated in the strain, without loosing the good, and important, traits already present.
  • Resistance agains pests and diceases are paramount today. Nosema tolerance and hygienic behaviour is already well establised traits. Varroa tolerance is still in its youth, but good signs are present.


As a starting point for my breeding lines I prefer the subspecies Caucasica, Carpatica, and if available Anatolica.

 

The mainstay in my beekeeping is the Buckfast bee, and the vast majority of the queens I produce is Buckfastqueens.