Saskatraz hybrids are produced in Northern California (Orland area) exclusively by Olivarez Honey Bees using Saskatraz breeder queens constructed in Saskatchewan, Canada by Meadow Ridge Enterprises (Breeder and CEO, Albert J. Robertson). A detailed review of the Saskatraz project (established 2005) including breeding methods, published research articles ,power point presentations and information on individual breeding families, including Saskatraz hybrids can be found at www.saskatraz.com.
Saskatraz breeder queens are selected for honey production, wintering ability, temperament, tracheal mite resistance, varroa tolerance / resistance and brood diseases .The Saskatraz breeding program uses recurrent natural selection to select for varroa tolerance in productive colonies with good economic traits.
Saskatraz breeder queen traits:
Excellent honey production
Good wintering ability
Selected for increased varroa tolerance and resistance to brood diseases
Show increased hygienic behavior
Carniolans are known for their winter hardiness, rapid spring buildup, and exceptional honey production. They show excellent resistance to tracheal mites and are great comb builders. And this year, in addition to our northern Californian queens, we will be offering Carniolan based queens bred in Vermont for our New England winters.
A good choice for colder climates
More likely to forage on cool, wet days than other bees
Quick to brood up when nectar is available
Excellent honey producers
"VSH" traits to enhance disease and mite resistance or tolerance.