TTP Further Advanced Beekeeping Workshops

The Tech-Transfer Program has been working on developing more advanced beekeeping workshops for beekeepers wishing to expand their knowledge and beekeeping practices:

Queen Breeding, Advanced IPM, and Pollination Services

These workshops will extrapolate on the knowledge and experience beekeepers who have taken previous courses will already possess, while also introducing them to additional methods of keeping their bees and enriching their business operation. 

Advanced Workshops will take place in the off-season (November to March). Dates and locations will be posted as they are scheduled. Want one in your are? Contact TTP.

Advanced Queen Breeding Workshop

The Queen Breeding workshop will guide beekeepers through the theoretical and practical application of developing a program for breeding and the selection of favourable genetics to improve their honey bee stock. Instruction through this workshop will provide interested beekeepers and existing breeders with formal training to adopt breeding components and skills practiced in the Ontario Resistant Honey Bee Selection Program (ORHBS).  Workshop attendees will learn about assessing and selecting for characteristics including: overwintering ability, spring build-up, low defensive behaviour, honey production, comb stability, hygienic behaviour, tracheal mite resistance, and queen longevity. In addition, the assessment of observational hive characteristics and application of selection spreadsheets will be applied to bee breeding. This workshop will provide training for new breeders and expansion of existing breeding programs to ensure high quality honey bee stock is available for Ontario’s beekeeping industry.

Having completed the original Queen Rearing workshop is a prerequisite for this workshop. Having equivalent experience and familiarity with queen rearing processes will be considered.

Advanced Integrated Pest Management

The Advanced IPM workshop will go beyond the content of TTP’s original IPM course. Workshop attendees will learn, in detail, the biology and life cycles of honey bee pests and disease in respect to colony management. The nuances and diagnosis of important pests and diseases and their lifecycle throughout beekeeping seasons will familiarize beekeepers with pest and disease both immediately and long term. Key biosecurity protocols to follow, how to reduce overall stress on colonies, and developing a long term rotation of treatments will also be emphasized in the workshop. A lab component of the workshop will guide beekeepers through the microscopic analysis of dead bee samples and the identification of disease. Finally, utilizing records, generating reports, and making use of information gathered throughout the season will be part of this advanced workshop. This workshop is intended to provide beekeepers with a further improved understanding of the pests and diseases that afflict honey bees and therefore take action to manage the damage they cause.

Having completed the original IPM for Beekeeping workshop is a prerequisite for this workshop. Having equivalent experience and familiarity with the current pests and diseases that affect honey bees in Ontario will be considered.

Advanced Pollination Workshop

The intention of the Pollination Services workshop is to provide training for beekeepers intending to, or interested in providing pollination services with honey bees. Similarly, for beekeepers already providing pollination services this workshop will assist in the management of their colonies. Keeping bees for pollination involves incorporating several management strategies into a beekeeping operation.  Pests and diseases, treatments, feeding, biosecurity, and equipment are all components of beekeeping that must be approached with the provision of pollination services in mind. In addition to pollination-oriented management the workshop will also cover topics including the pursuit, organization, and physical application of carrying out contracts and services.

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