ABOUT LLOYD St. BEES
That's me, Trevor, on the right and Grandpa Lee on the left..
My current operation includes hives spread across three apiaries in southeastern Wisconsin. The focus of the business is nucleus colony production and queen rearing. The thrust of the operation is helping educate and provide sustainable beekeeping for Wisconsin. The operation revolves around the import of instrumentally inseminated queens and crossbreeding them with my local stock towards the goal of elevating the quality of the queens produced in Wisconsin. In 2018 I partnered with other queen breeders to form the first statewide queen breeder’s association, Wisconsin Honey Bee Breeders Association. This group continues to provide a platform for Wisconsin queen producers to exchange genetics for little or no cost and improve our stock collaboratively.
There are very few local providers of queens and nucleus colonies which places a strain on the producers we have in Wisconsin. To help facilitate independence and sustainability within the Wisconsin beekeeping community, I have lectured at various bee clubs in Wisconsin to promote expanding bee yards via local stock and reducing winter loses. I have also partnered with the UW Extension to help foster small scale queen breeding. I spent much of 2018 touring southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois to work with and mentor small scale beekeepers. By identifying the knowledge gaps and the shortfall of online and other resources available to the beekeepers in these clubs, I am able to improve the overwintering success and therefore the sustainability of this community.