What is the claimed Saskatraz mite resistance/tolerance mechanism(s)?
Instrumental Insemination & Northern VSH Queens
You can find all information on them at saskatraz.com
I’m not sure what you mean, but I think you have to add www.saskatraz.com
Bumping thread back up to top. Updates? Varroa counts?
My update is all 5 queens swarmed, one didn’t make it back (laying worker). One hive is more hygienic than most of my hives. All hives in the apiary had a tremendous honey yield this year, even the swarms that were caught. All the hives received OxAcidVapor on 10/7, I didn’t do a mite count again.
I tried these the first year they were available from Oliverez. Ordered five and about 10 Italians and 10 Carniolans to go with the order.
The ONLY hives I lost that year were the Saskatraz. As they got smaller and sicker I soon realized it was because of EFB. All my other hives were uninfected. For queens that are suppose to be resistance to brood diseases I was less than impressed.
One of them superseded late in the year and the new queen made it through the winter. She built up...ok...but is now my smallest hive going back into Winter. All others were lost the first year.
Unimpressed and won't be ordering them again as my "run of the mill" or as some would say "non-namebrand" queens outperformed on everything.
Too early for me to give an accurate account. I built about 45 nucleus colonies and queened them with Sassies. A couple got robbed out but the rest got off to a really slow start but are coming on strong now. I am feeding them heavily preparing them for Winter. Will get back to you this Spring after I have had enough time to observe how they over wintered and how they brood up.
I ended up burning all the comb in the hives when they died and charred my equipment. Definitely didn't want that spreading and I even got a VFD for terramycin so I'd have it on hand - if it were to spread.
It seems like many people are very happy with them so I hate to label them all as “not good”; as with any honey bee genus you get a mixed bag so to speak. I do have to give a thumbs up on Michael Palmer queens. Never have I had a polite bee, and these bees are polite In the dbl. nuc one entrance faces back, so when working hives on either side you are in the way of the entrance and the bee traffic. They actually waited for us to move, no bumping or bothering us. My husband and I were quite impressed.
Still strange that I have over 30 hives and the ONLY ones that get EFB are the ones that are suppose to be resistant to it. Also lost 4 of the 5 and the remaining superseded.
In my eyes, not looking good. I'll stick to my local "mutts" as they seem to be the only thing that absolutely crank!
We also have a rule about adding any new "Bullet Proof" stock.to.our own stock, wait and see., We have seen many over our 25 years and few added up to half the hype. I am happy to see folks here thoughtful enough to test and post new stock information. Even in small numbers we can make deductions over the course of many posts. We need new genetics in the US for certain....I wish we would see more influence from the Guelph Buckfast project. Perhaps we could get Ian and Jean Marc working on that for us, in their spare time :-)
First, shame on me for not identifying correctly what was wrong with the Saskatraz hive; I believe it is PMS not, again, not EFB. I believe our mite rolls were off when we did them it was so humid here; that hive rolled 1 mite, but on one side of this hive we had to treat because of high mite counts, the other side was another Sas. queen that rolled 1, and the next two were in the teens.
As for Joel’s comment above regarding Buckfast, 2 years ago a guy from Norwich drove up to Fergusons and brought down some Buckfast queens. I bought 3. Still have one, that’s the hive that has n. cerana. The other hive swarmed and became really nasty and we requeened it with a Sas. this year. Calmed it right down but of course it swarmed. That is my experience with Buckfast ( from Weavers too) that when they swarm they get nasty.
Jean Marc who?
The second video has has subtitles in English and it is about BartJan Fernhauts work in Hawaii and presenting Baton Rouge and Marken Group in Holland as well.
In the latest Buckfast Breeders Magazine (3/2018) there is a story by Sascha and Ulrich Müller of a VSH meeting where BartJan Fernhaut has been teaching. He told that they have in Hawaii ( 4 fulltime beekeepers helping him) queens which produce 100% VSH offspring. ( "100% VSH Verhalten erbstabil nachzuziehen") They are not Buckfast, more like Italian.
I want to steal a little from this elderly thread. It is good to try new lines of bees and just when I have settled on a winner, the producer has the temerity to be 83 and is trying to find someone to take over his business. I love his bees, they are not mite proof in my location but are definitely resistant. I treat un apologetically but only once a cold country year. The outcrosses are not hot. I don't tolerate defensive bees. They are mite biters. I talked to Mr. Carpenter the other day and he is currently selecting next years breeders. He picks shirt sleeve bees with great production and then examines the dropped mites for battle damage. Only colonies where 75% or more of the mites show carapace damage or missing legs are chosen. Give Carpenters Apiaries in Frost proof Florida your consideration. If you are looking for a queen rearing operation, that is available for a price too I am sure.