I am looking to increase my hive numbers and requeen what I have. I will probably need 20 to 25 queens this year. My stock has shifted to mostly southern Italians and I have not been impressed. I would like some darker bees with VSH traits to help with winter and mites here in CT. To get a breeder to graft from for $200 or $250 or so, my thinking is I would get superior genetics and cost me only $10/queen, plus potentially help with winter losses. I bought a pure VSH breeder from Glenn Apiaries about 10 years ago and had great success. I know they are no longer around as a company, but is my overall logic sound? Is it worth getting a breeder for this many queens? Is there a suggestion of what bee type/breeder company if winter hardiness and mite tolerance are my two most important factors? Thanks!