During the past five years Harbo Bee Company has served as a quality source of VSH (Varroa Sensitive Hygiene) breeder queens throughout the U.S. However, in recent years our production has been unable to meet the expanding demand. In response, we have made a few changes that should enable VSH resistance to be more widely available to the beekeeping industry.
In 2016 we have set the following goals:
- To get VSH breeder queens into the hands of more queen producers, earlier in the season and at reduced cost. Therefore, we have developed two new options for ordering Breeder Queens.
- To enable and encourage more queen producers to select their own bees for the VSH trait. A basic step toward this goal is an understanding of how to measure the VSH trait.