In 2021, we will again offer two separate weekend (Friday and Saturday) instrumental insemination classes:
No classes available for 2021 completely booked! We are accepting students for the 2022-23 Instrumental Insemination courses.
First course: July 30-31, 2021
Second course: August 13-14, 2021
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 or we can offer a rental instument and microscope
To register send an email to: email@example.com.
Please do not send cash. A $100 non-refundable check deposit is required. The remaining $900 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 $1000
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/bee breeding experience including running & maintaining the honey bee breeding program at Purdue University the last seventeen years. He has also been involved in extensive scientific research projects. He was instrumental in developing the “Mite-Biter” bee strain 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 paradigms.