bee genetics

Every beekeeper understands that the heart and soul of the hive is the Queen Bee. A good queen means a healthy productive disease free and profitable hive and this is an absolute must for any beekeeping business

The majority of our customers prefer Italian queens rather than the Carniolians and we absolutely agree. 

With the aim of producing the best bees for the industry it just made sense to became a shareholder in the the most advanced and well known queen breeding program in the country “Bettabees Research Ltd” www.bettabees.co.nz and use the most advanced breeding stock as the base for our bees. Each year we get a number of artificially inseminated Italian Breeder Queens and we use these as the base for all of our stock. This ensures that we keep our bees a clean Italian bloodline with all the latest advancements and improvements each year.

Bettabees Italian Queens have now introduced a unique trait known as VSH (Varroa Sensitive Hygiene).

What this really means is that the bees are great hive housekeepers. Their hive-cleaning interferes with the gestation of the Varroa mite, which means less mites and healthier brood. Aside from VSH, they also have many other excellent qualities that you will find great in your business 

including: Wintering well, Great brood pattern, Docile and easy to work, easy to stimulate brood production, good foragers and honey producers 

And lets face it they just look dam good!