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Breeding Class Requirements

According to and in addition to the breeding guidelines of the German Beekeepers Association.
The following has been determined::

Class Av (*):

  • 2 Varroa criteria assessed
  • Varroa index over 100%
  • 2 customary breeding values over 100%
  • 2 customary breeding values not below 95%
  • 6 sibling colonies or at least 0.35 certainty of breeding values honey yield
  • At least three generations have been bred, or all relevant traits and performance can be documented
  • Physical features of workers and drones are typical for the breed

Class A:

  • All 4 customary breeding values are over 100%
  • 6 sibling colonies or at least 0.35 certainty of breeding values honey yield
  • At least three generations have been bred, or all relevant traits and performance can be documented
  • Physical features of workers and drones are typical for the breed

Class B:

  • The average of all breeding values is greater 100%
  • 6 sibling colonies or at least 0.35 certainty of breeding values honey yield
  • At least three generations have been bred, or all relevant traits and performance can be documented
  • Physical features of workers and drones are typical for the breed

Class P:

  • Requirements below those for Class B
  • Physical features of workers and drones are typical for the breed
  • Use only for breeding tests; offspring of these colonies should not mate.

Class D:

    Selection for drone colony breeding is appropriate if:
  • The mother colony has been bred and
  • The traits correspond to the standard of the breeding population

The representatives are responsible for the accuracy of queens' recorded breeding classes.
(*) : Breeding class A can not be appied for. When printing the breeding certificate (online), "v" is automatically added to breeding class A when both Varroa criteria have been assessed and the Varroa index is over 100.

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