Re: Bee genetics
In agreement with Virgil; I raise pedigree mutts, try to apply the KISS (keep it simple stupid) principle and keep things economical where possible. I do import a couple of queens with hygienic traits every year for the larger mite issues but beyond that the queens and bees are raised out of the existing yards. Graft from the hives I like and the rest are considered potential donor stock. Swarm queens are give a chance to prove themselves or those hives move into the donor pool for requeening or parting out too.
Bottom line, I'm a hobbyist, if I'm happy with the production and temperament it's all good; if not, I work at changing it.
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