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INSTRUMENTAL INSEMINATION and the Architecture of a Breeding Program in the 21st century


The 2017 Instrumental Insemination Class
August 10th and 11th, 2017

At the Purdue Univeristy Honey Bee Laboratory

The class is designed for beekeepers and researchers who want to improve their population of honey bees and maintain a breeding program with improved survivability for their area. The goal is to disseminate current information and techniques; therefore classes are kept small (6) students. Detailed instruction and hands on practice of semen collection and insemination of queens will be emphasized and facilitated with the use of a video camera. Queen and drone biology lecture will be presented along with the preparation and care of virgin queens and drones. Virgin queens and drones will be provided for the students. Successful queen rearing skills are a prerequisite. Provision of your own insemination equipment is required. Microscopes will be provided for use upon request with a $25 rental fee. Students will be able to take their successfully inseminated queens home, to see if they survive. Cost of the two day interactive course is $600.


Thursday - August 10th

9:00 - Overview of instrumental insemination set up

10:00 to 12:00 - Setting up your instruments

12:00 - Lunch provided (JJ sandwiches and bottled water)

1:00 - Continue to set up instruments and diagnose problems setting up
Co2 safety

2:00 - Instrumental insemination demonstration
Developing a breeding program

3:00 to 5:00 - Practice semen collection from drones

Friday August 11th

9:00 to 12:00 Practice semen collection

12:00 - Lunch provided (JJ sandwiches and bottled water)

1:00 to 5:00 pm - Inseminate virgin queens/troubleshooting and answering questions


Instructor: Krispn Given

The two day course is taught principally by Krispn Given, who has extensive beekeeping experience including running & maintaining the Honey Bee Breeding Program at Purdue University the last twelve years. He has also been involved in extensive research projects with Dr. Greg Hunt. He was instrumental in developing the “Mite Biter Bee” that is gaining popularity with beekeepers across the country.


A thorough understanding of successful queen rearing principles is paramount.

Krispn Given

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