MSU Provides Queen Rearing Course

Michigan State University Queen Rearing short course teaches the basics of queen rearing.  Learn the basic principles and underlying biology, and practice key methods hands-on. Topics covered include queen and drone mating biology, timing of queen rearing in northern climates, queen rearing and mating nuc methods, stock selection and record keeping. We will learn in the class room, and practice activities in the bee yard.

Queen Rearing Short Course

2015 Queen Rearing Short Course  – July 18-19th, 2015


Horticulture Teaching and Research Center, 3291 College Rd., Holt, MI 48842

Teaching provided by: Prof. Zachary Huang and Dr. Meghan Milbrath.
Registration Cost = $240

Registration covers 2 days of class, 2 lunches, a grafting tool, and a copy of ‘Successful Queen Rearing’.

(note: bring your own veil and other protective gear!)



Saturday, July 18th
8:30       Registration
9:00       Class
12:00      Lunch (provided)
1:00      Class
5:00       Adjourn

Sunday, July 19th 

8:30       Hive Manipulations and Grafting (Indoor, practice run)
9:00       Class
12:00      Lunch (provided)
2:30      checking acceptance of grafted cells the day before.
3:30      grafting again?
4:30       Adjourn

Topics covered:

Queen rearing basics, mating biology, equipment options, preparing a starter, preparing a finishing colony, grafting, non-grafting methods, timing, creating mating nucs, marking queens, stock selection, record keeping.


Lunch will be provided for both days, but lodging and other meals will be on your own. 

Download Queen Rearing Flyer

Online registration for Participant Registration is open.
The last day to register online is July 16, 2015.



Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For questions or more information email Meghan Milbrath at

Author: Zachary Huang

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