Wed 07 Feb 2024
The Father of the Drone - bee keeping and genetics
From 19:30 until 21:00
At Friends Meeting House
2 Miller St, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newcastle ST5 1QJ
Marin Anastasov NDB
Marin started beekeeping in 1992 and developed his initial beekeeping knowledge and skills while he was studying towards a BSc in Animal Science. Later, he completed an MSc in Organic Farming at Aberdeen University.
He is passionate about sustainable food production and his entire working career has been in organic food and farming. His job involves training and development of farming operations in 35 different countries, so they can meet the required standards for organic food production. Working with farmers and growers around the world has allowed him to experience beekeeping practices in different countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and America.
He currently manage 30 colonies in Gloucestershire in 3 apiaries. The main objective of his beekeeping is honey production, but he also finds working with bees rather relaxing after a busy day at work. Marin rears all his own queens, as well as few extra for sale to other beekeepers. To manage the quality of the mating he uses instrumental insemination for those destined to be the breeder queens.
In 2014,he became a Master Beekeeper and since, he has taken an active part in all areas of the BBKA examination system, both setting Module papers as well as conducting practical exams from the Basic to the Advanced Husbandry. In 2017 he gained the National Diploma in Beekeeping (NDB), which is the highest beekeeping qualification awarded in the UK.