Re: VSH Breeding?
thanks jrg for asking that question. i too am interested in a measure or a count or a benchmark beyond just survival in assesing this trait. many of the treatment free beekeepers i ask reply they don't measure, as survival alone dictates management.
maybe those of us keeping treatment free and raising queens could look at similar measures as jeff does, and we could compare notes. i am in the learning mode as to how to select and deselect for heartiness including mite resistance. what are the best tools at our disposal? how do those of you that have been doing this already approach it?
(you don't have to answer if it means revealing any trade secrets and/or proprietary and confidential information)
i love the idea of swapping our best queens, if we all use some sort of standard measure, it would make the selection and swapping more meaningful.
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf