Extension Logo
Extension Logo
University of Minnesota Extension

Extension is expanding its online education and resources to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions.

Successful queen rearing short course

Event information




University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center
1890 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108


Gary Reuter, University of Minnesota Department of Entomology
reute001@umn.edu or 612-624-6740

Why not rear your own queens? The University of Minnesota queen rearing short course teaches one method of rearing queens that works consistently for both hobby and commercial beekeepers.

Topics covered include:

  • Queen and drone biology. 
  • Timing of queen rearing in northern climates. 
  • Stock selection and breeding for hygienic behavior. 
  • Setting up mating yards. 
  • Recordkeeping.

Everyone will have a chance to try their hand at grafting larvae and raising their own queens. A unique feature of the course is the section on queen rearing equipment designs that will allow you to build your own. 

This course is for anyone interested in learning how to raise queens. You must have at least one year of beekeeping experience.

More beekeeping events





Registration is required at the link below. 

Upcoming events

Share this page:

© 2021 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.