Bee breeding expert to speak at Oct. 9 meeting

adam finkelsteinJoin the New River Valley Beekeepers Association at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 9 at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg, for a talk by Adam Finkelstein, co-owner of Maryland-based VP Queen Bees.

Finkelstein has owned and operated VP Queen Bees with his wife, Kelly Rausch, for the last seven years. The company produces artificially inseminated breeder queens for the beekeeping industry and serves customers who own from five to more than 25,000 hives.

Finkelstein’s talk is titled “Honeybee Breeding: What VSH Traits Are and Their Practical Use.”

VP has been a treatment-free operation for the past 15 years, and focuses its breeding on Varroa Sensitive Hygienic expressing traits to provide customers with a means to control hive pests without treatments.

Finkelstein and Rausch work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture honey bee breeding lab and several commercial queen rearing outfits to select for hardy, productive queen stock. Finkelstein has a background in biology and agriculture.

Watch a video of Finkelstein and his son working their bees in Maryland.

We’ll also have our regular equipment raffle and a short discussion about fall hive management. Please bring a drink or snack to share.

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