- Feb 16, 2010
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I'm very careful to try not to missrepresent my bees as they're all open mated, but I do sell them as teifi valley natives which implies Amm, which they mostly are, last time any were tested Dylan Elen popped over to one of my apiaries and took a few samples at random and these came back as over 80% Amm.I have two of Ceri’s queens. I’m really looking forward to working with them too but I’m sure he doesn’t sell them as Amm. You can have great bees that are not Amm
I've had a few breeder queens test at over 90% in the past and that was very pleasant but the most important thing for me is that the bees breed true for the characters I'm after, mainly productivity and docility.
I've chosen to stick with natives because I don't believe I could breed anything else here with open mating which would lead to stable progress within the offspring. So long as I'm going forwards I'm not overly concerned about purity and don't have any sort of regular testing regime for this.
When thinking about purity it has been tempting to buy in some pure amm stock to make my general stock more pure, but on balance I decided that would defeat the object of the conservation project of trying to maintain, improve and conserve my own teifi valley natives.
At the end of the day what I'm after is a good bee that keeps bringing in the honey to pay our mortgage without being too demanding in terms of inputs, feed, time and effort. It's all a work in progress and sometimes I wish I'd taken an easier path(buying in stock) but I see myself as something of a rare breeds beefarmer, and to be honest, finmans quite right, it's mostly about the pastures, (if I'm honest I'm a bit jealous of the takes cgf achieved with the nucs I sold him! Good work Mark!)
I don't see anyone else averaging better than me with imported buckfast or carnie stock around here(Italian's seem to be a thing of the past with very few kept in the area,) but of course, all the selection and queen rearing does mean I'm too busy to get around to everything I'd like to in the busiest parts of the year.
Swings and roundabouts.