Re: Competition for breeding bees suitable for commrcial operation
I guess it would be about best results, and that could only be determined by them actually being tested in a commercial outfit.
So probably it would be a case of finding a friendly commercial beekeeper (if such a creature exists LOL), who would be prepared to take say, 10 queens and measure the results of them over a 2 or 3 year period.
There would be a lot of work involved for the commercial beekeeper, he would have to initially introduce the queens to 10 equal hives along with the same for any competitor queens. He would then have to keep track of them all, more complex than it sounds in a migratory outfit, especially if splits are made, brood swapped, etc. And it would have to be a migratory outfit, or the queens would not be exposed to those hardships and it would not be a fair trial.
The very hardest for a commercial beekeeper would be to not treat, and if the hive is dying, let it. Very difficult in a commercial operation with bees on pallets.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).