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.  2023 price is $330.00 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. Your success in breeding will depend on the drones that are present in a five mile radius of your mating yard.

 

Genetics Testing

Hygienic Test Results 2021
Hive Number % Uncapped % Removed Rank
2126 100 100 1
2140 100 100 1
2102 100.00 100 1
2135 100 99.38 2
2107 100 99.36 3
2105 100 99.22 4
2120 100 97.67 5
2115 96.84 96.841 6
2113 97.92 96.35 7
2128 95.35 95.35 8
2121 94.87 92.31 9
2129 95.34 92.03 10
2130 96.33 91.99 11
2127 92.61 89.82 12
2137 93.34 87.3 13
2106 98.61 86.76 14
2132 97.95 84.72 15
2131 90.18 83.4 16
2123 86.33 80.92 17
2116 86.75 78.62 18
2110 82.14 77.42 19
2119 91.21 71.01 20
2104 88.6 66.68 21
2125 77.86 61.89 22
2114 73.94 51.45 23
Hygienic Test Results 2020
Hive Number % Uncapped % Removed Rank
2028 98.75 98.09 1
2029 97.97 97.3 2
2011 100.00 96.73 3
2015 98.48 95.45 4
2032 99.31 95.15 5
2018 96.4 94.43 6
208 96.05 94.08 7
207 100 94.01 8
201 100 94/strong> 9
2024 99.29 93.63 10
206 94.79 93.47 11
2017 95.39 91.95 12
2019 93.13 88.48 13
2026 94.46 86.41 14
2023 95.46 82.12 15
2030 85.38 78.88 16
2033 95.95 74.13 17
202 70.41 54.65 18
205 75.53 45.74 19
2027 54.91 45.63 20
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
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
The tests performed are done by highly trained professionals in the Tech-Transfer Program
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
Colony VM/100bees tracheal mite inf.
2029 0
2019 0
207 0
2017 0
208 0
2023 0
2030 0
2033 0
202 0
205 0
2015 0
2024 0
2028 0
2018 0
2032 0
206 0
2011 0
201 0
2026 1.07
2027 0
avg 0.05 0%
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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