Russian Honey Bee Presentation
The Russian Honey Bee Presentation was given on November 3, 2014 to the Milwaukee-Waukesha Beekeepers Association. Monthly meetings are at 6:30 p.m. in the Brookfield Public Library Community Room.
November 3, 2014, Sue Dompke, owner of Sweet Mountain Farm addressed about 40 members of the Milwaukee-Waukesha Beekeepers Association giving an educational presentation about her research and experience raising Russian honey bees and the necessity of breeding tougher bees that will fend off parasites and viruses.
A history of the Russian honey bee included examining the Russian bee’s origins and its characteristics to know the genetic differences from other honey bee species and to understand why those differences are significant. A discussion followed about why beekeepers choose to raise Russian bees getting an in-depth look into the genetic and behavioral differences. Last, the group explored the question: Are Russian bees a good honey bee for me to raise? Understanding how Russian bees require a different management style and what is required to successfully manage a Russian bee colony.
A varied audience of young and old, new beekeepers, inquiring minds, and well-seasoned professionals had questions that indicated a high level of interest and understanding. It would be a pleasure to host this talented and diverse group for a hands-on demonstration working in Sweet Mountain Farms Russian bee yard. The presentation will become available online with video links below. Check back to view the online presentation or sign up for product news and availability to be the first to know when the video becomes available.
Part I – History of the Russian Honey Bee, Origins & Characteristics
Part II – Why do beekeepers choose to raise Russian bees? An in-depth look into the genetic and behavioral differences and why those differences are significant.
Part III – Are Russian bees a good honey bee for me to raise? Understand how Russian bees require a different management style and what is required to successfully manage a Russian bee colony.