Horseshoe Point Honey -- http://localvahoney.com/
You do bring up a good point though. Out of all the breeders I have ever purchased over the years none have ever been as good the ones selected from our own operation. This is to be expected considering acclimation to local conditions and management practices. We want to evaluate the daughters and hybrids and make selections from there.
Sometimes we just want to develop a specific trait in our "proven stock" and also avoid inbreeding. Many would argue that maintaining the maximum number of alleles is an essential breeding practice for honeybees to maintain high brood viability and keep genes in the population that may be useful in some future situation, condition, disease, or pest invasion. We never know what future pest or disease is around the bend. Diversity is good and essential in our bee population.
" Thumbs Up Oregon Super Queens!
Here are a couple of pictures taken today December 21 of 5 frame nucs overwintered with Old Sol Oregon Super queens.
WOW am I ever happy with these queens so far.
Am I ever going to be glad to have these to use in almonds.
Super good job by John Jacob of Old Sol Industries, Rogue River Oregon!!!
" Harry Vanderpool
We have incorporated some SMR/VSH plus Russian stock over the years to get here. There is a lot of other stock and heavy selection involved also. We really share the same needs in a bee that can do its job and pay the bills. As marker assisted selection becomes more widely available for honeybees we should see some rapid advances in bee breeding. I strive to produce a VERY productive bee that can maintain lower mite loads. I feel bee breeding is a life long quest and that it is good to strive for more.