Registered Buckfast breeders since 1990 Buckfast Queens & Stock

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Registered Buckfast breeders since 1990

Buckfast Bees originated in England.

In 1919, Brother Adam took over the task of breeding bees at Buckfast Abby. Brother Adam was working to make a strain of bee that was disease-resistant, a good honey producer and gentle. The key words in breeding Buckfast Bees is drone control.

Brother Adam made extensive journeys around the world collect breeding stock that matched his target bee characteristics. His efforts focused mainly on countries with distinct races of bees. A race of bees is akin to a breed of dogs. They have names like Italians, Russian, Cordovan or Buckfast. 

He travelled to isolated rural areas in the countries he visited to discover pure native strains. He even travelled as far as the Sahara Desert!

After many years of work, the result at the Dartmoor, England breeding station was the Buckfast Bee.

Brother Adam retired in 1988 at the age of 93. In 1996, he died in his 99th year.

NUCS  consist of 1 Buckfast queen one frame with honey 2 frames of brood and a foundation.  You should be able to get an average crop off this unit if well managed.  You have a choice of early last seasons queens or the present year queen.  It is just 2-3 weeks later.  2021 price is $250.00 pickup only. Prices subject to change

QUEENS  All our queens are from Buckfast stock.  We import Buckfast stock each year to keep the lines pure.  You have a choice of open mated from tested stock or open mated F1 from Danish stock.  $55.00 or $500.00.  Prices subject to change

Buckfast breeding:
We use only Buckfast stock. We have hygienic test made in the spring and raise queens from the winter survivors. We evaluate for gentleness and egg laying ability of the queen mother. We are in an isolated location with only Buckfast stock. If you try raising queens from the purchased queens you need to be mindful, as shown by Purdue University and University of Guelph, that the cross or aggressive gene comes from the drone lines. You success in breeding will depend on the drones that are present in a five mile radius of your mating yard.

 

Genetics

The tests performed are done by highly trained professionals in the Tech-Transfer Program
ColonyAvg % UncappedAvg % RemovedRankGroup 
202898.7598.0911
202997.9797.321
201110096.7331
201598.4895.4541
203299.3195.1551
201896.494.4362
20896.0594.0872
20710094.0182
2011009492
202499.2993.63102
20694.7993.47112
201795.3991.95122
201993.1388.48132
202694.4686.41142
202395.4682.12152
203085.3878.88162
203395.9574.13173
20270.4154.65184
20575.5345.74194
202754.9145.63204
Hygienic Test Results 2016
Hive Number % Uncapped % Removed Rank
32 100.00 91.4 1
51 96.39 90.55 2
27 97.75 88.26 2
54 100.00 84.65 2
Hygienic Test Results 2002
Hive Number % Uncapped % Removed Rank
216 97.31 95.59 1
220 97.10 94.18 1
221 94.65 88.56 1
217 91.25 88.29 1
Hygienic Test Results 2018
Hive Number % Uncapped % Removed Rank
13 97.65 95.37 1
11 97.01 93.31 2
20 100.00 91.37 2
6 90.03 84.19 2
ColonyVM/100beestracheal mite inf.
20290
20190
2070
20170
2080
20230
20300
20330
2020
2050
20150
20240
20280
20180
20320
2060
20110
2010
20261.07
20270
avg0.050%
In the early 1990s, Bill brought the Buckfast stock into the Ferguson Apiary operation. Change was immediately noticeable and he has never looked back. Buckfast bees:
  • are quiet and not aggressive!!
  • are gentle
  • have a low tendency to swam
  • winter in smaller clusters
  • have good tolerance to the trachea mite
Hygienic tests have dramatically improved bee quality. Working along with other Buckfast breeders and the Ontario tech transfer team ("bee girls"), we have been able to maintain a high quality stock. We continue to test the queens and our breeding hives. By doing this, we maintain the superior attributes expected by beekeepers who appreciate the quality of our queens. The continual selection of breeder queens means we are able to maintain quality queens and genetics. The luxury of having gentle bees to work with, along with the other great Buckfast bee characteristics, make beekeeping an enjoyable hobby or business.

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