In 2019, we will offer two Instrumental Insemination classes:
August 6-7, 2019
August 8-9, 2019
These classes are designed for beekeepers and researchers who want to improve their population of honey bees and maintain a breeding program with improved survival for their area. Classes are kept small: just three students per session!
Detailed instruction and hands on practice of semen collection and insemination of queens will be emphasized. Queen and drone biology will be presented along with preparation and care of virgin queens and drones. Successful queen rearing skills are a prerequisite.
Virgin queens and drones will be provided for the students. Students will take their successfully inseminated queens home.
Provision of your own insemination equipment is required.
Microscopes will be provided for use upon request with a $25 rental fee.
Cost of the two-day interactive course is $900.
Instructor: Krispn Given, Apiculture Specialist, Department of Entomology, Purdue University
Assistant: Dale McMahan, Apis Engineering
The two-day course is taught principally by Krispn Given, who has extensive beekeeping experience including running & maintaining the Honey Bee Breeding Program at Purdue University the last fourteen years. He has also been involved in extensive research projects with Dr. Greg Hunt. He was instrumental in developing the “Mite-Biter Bee” that is gaining popularity with beekeepers across the country.
Individual training with Krispn Given will be offered also along with custom classes specializing in advanced training for those individuals who have some previous II training. IIQ introduction and care will be explained in detail along with successful breeding program procedures.