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The Importance of Drones
Given the chance, colonies will enthusiastically raise large numbers of drones. But beekeepers tend to think of drones as a burden on a colony, and cut out or discourage drone comb. Worse, we often overlook that for good queen raising, we need good drone raising too. This talk explores simple methods of encouraging colonies to raise the numbers of drones that they desire, how to align this with breeding and stock selection, and of course the problem of drone brood being ‘varroa incubators’.
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About Dan Basterfield, NDB
Dan grew up with beekeeping around him, earning pocket money by clipping and marking queens. Having spent 15 years working in large companies, he returned to the family beekeeping business in Devon in 2005, and with his father expanded the business and built a brand new Honey Farm as the centre of their honey production, queen raising, and teaching activities.
He is a regular lecturer around the UK on practical beekeeping topics. Daniel wrote some of the BBKA's Course in a Case training courses, has contributed to the BBKA's Liquid Gold and Swarming videos, and most recently co-authored the BBKA's Healthy Hive Guide book.