Queen Bee Breeding Group Shut Down
Varroa is on our door step. I was not surprised that the powers to be decided to shut down the National Industry owned Queen Bee Breeding Group. Dewar’s Queens were one of the original members of this Queen Bee Improvement Program.
Paula and I share the concern shown by the broader industry upon hearing of the demise of the program. The grounds given was it wasn’t making a profit. The Good News is that we are determined to keep the research going. One has to question the rationale to wind it up.
United Arab Emirates Research & Training
Jody Gerdts was using the Genetics in the program to carry out vital Varroa readiness + vital Chalk Brood research. RIDIC is funding part of this work. Bees Down Under is also heavily involved. Dr Denis Anderson is just one of Jody’s advisors.
Queens out of this program are being assessed by Denis & myself in the United Arab Emirate. 10% of all Dewar Queen & Bee Build sales go to supporting Dr Anderson’s Research Institute.
Dr Denis Anderson & team UAE 2016 with Paula & Laurie
On our recent adventure to the UAE, Paula trained two of Denis’s Emirate young women in the finer art of instrumental insemination of Queens. Laurie on the other hand had a much harder task of training a young chap to be Denis’s principle Beekeeper. Saeed will be continuing his tuition here in Australia this August.
Paula teaching UAE staff how to artificially inseminate Queens
Dewar Gerdts Queen Program
The name of our new Queen program will be Dewar Gerdts or D.G. Queens. The team will be headed up by Jody Gerdts – Principal Scientist, Laurie Dewar – master Queen Breeder, Paula Dewar – principle inseminator, supported by Lindsay Burke (AHBIC Chair) & Mal Alroy doing the field testing. This will have queens tested in Tasmania and Queensland. Mal will also be part of this advisory group.
Paula & Laurie receiving UAE Government award for services to UAE Honey Bee programme 2016
Breeder Queens (D.G.Q’s) will be made available through Jody direct on Ph: 0427 075 662 or Dewar Ph: 07 5463 5633.
Dewar Apiaries would like to thank all our loyal production Queen Bee customers for their patronage over the last 35+ years. We will no longer be producing production Queens, we will still be supplying Bee Build & Breeder Queens from the DGQ’s Program.
Thank you, Laurie Dewar