Queen bee breeding facilities
Approved queen bee breeding facilities are divided into breeding facilities of pure-bred queens and of commercial queens.
An approved queen bee breeding facility is an organisation for the breeding and sale of breeding material that obtains a decision on the approval. Pursuant to the obtained decision, the relevant competent authority enters the approved queen bee breeding facilities into a register.
The tasks of approved queen bee breeding facilities are:
- queen bee breeding in accordance with the breeding programme for the Carniolan honey bee;
- acquiring drone sperm;
- selling bee breeding material;
- preventing inbreeding and determining whether the brood has a spotty pattern due to inbreeding;
- providing information to livestock organisations.
The tasks relating to queen bee breeding are carried out by a queen breeder.
An approved queen bee breeding facility must also keep records and documentation on queen bees.