In 2022, we will offer three separate weekend (Friday and Saturday) instrumental insemination short courses:
We will be offering three class dates due to high demand. We Are now accepting students for the 2022-23 Instrumental Insemination courses.
First course: June 17-18, 2022
Second course: July 15-16, 2022
Third course August 12-13, 2022
These classes are designed for beekeepers and researchers who want to improve their population of honey bees and maintain a breeding program with increased survival for their area. Classes are kept small: just three students per session. Pre registartion required!
Detailed instruction and hands on practice of semen collection and insemination of queens will be emphasized. Selective breeding principles 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 preferred.
To register send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do not send cash. A $600 non-refundable check deposit is required. The remaining $600 registration fee will be collected on site.
At least five years of beekeeping experience and a thorough understanding of the queen rearing process is paramount!
Cost of the two-day interactive course is $1,2000
Instructors: Krispn Given, Apiculture Specialist, Department of Entomology, Purdue University
Dale McMahan, Apis Engineering, Master Beekeeper
The two-day course is taught principally by Krispn Given, who has extensive beekeeping/ honey bee breeding experience including running & maintaining the honey bee breeding program at Purdue University the last seventeen years. He has also been involved in several scientific research projects. He was instrumental in developing the “Mite-Biter” bee strain that is gaining popularity with beekeepers across the country.
Private Master Classes with Krispn
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. II’q introduction and care will be explained in detail along with successful breeding program paradigms.