Guess it depends on the source. Ferguson has not answered multiple emails this spring, so I'm guessing he is not doing queens this year, I have heard he only did a few last year. At Apimondia the University of Guelph folks told me they are no longer shipping queens. Those were the two sources I knew of in years gone past. There was an outfit from Italy at Apimondia, they have a permit to import 5000 queens this year, the fella from Dancing Bee took them all. The folks in Italy are calling them Buckfast and they have pedigrees on the website from the original European breeders they sourced stock from. The pedigrees suggest they sourced from other well known breeders over a period of years as they slowly moved to just using their own lines derived from that stock.Does anyone here in manitoba have any experience with Buckfast queens? Need some advice, if they are a good quality queen or not?