Queens & Buckfast Stock

Our bees are also a distinguished part of our heritage. Through the years, Bill had diligently produced what we believe to be superior stock to any we have ever worked with.

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  • Buckfast Bees originated in England by Brother Adam at Buckfast Abbey. In 1919, Brother Adam took over the breeding of bees. The key words in Buckfast breeding is drone control.
  • Brother Adam was trying to make a strain of bee which was disease-resistant, a good honey producer, and gentle.
  • Brother Adam made extensive journeys all over the world to get breeding stock. His efforts were mainly focused on countries with distinct races of bees. Foremost, he went to isolated country areas for pure native strains that had been maintained.(He even went as far as the Sahara Desert)
  • After numerous years of work, the result at the breeding station in Dartmoor was the Buckfast Bee.
  • Brother Adam resigned in 1988 at the age of 93. In 1996, he died and was in his 99th year.
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