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Hi, my name is Joe and I run Dansk Farms. My beekeeping started as a hobby in my backyard. I quickly found ways to expand by working with other local farmers. I keep hive in several locations now and I turned the hobby into a business which I work at full-time. We set up every Saturday at the Winter Park Farmers' Market where we sell honey, beeswax, and soaps.

I recently started working with Buckfast Bees that were imported from Denmark. They are incredible bees that are very gentle and produce excellent honey crops. I'm very excited about working with this strain.

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Bro Adam's selected for certain traits but more importantly rejected bees with undesirable traits. His quest for the perfect bee for his operation should be a model for us to follow in pursuing queens to head our colonies. Where Bro Adams left off is a good place to start.
Good luck with bees.
 

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a large HOWDY and welcome to this forum Joe. A long time ago I kept a few bees over around the Plant City area. night before last I was having a conversation with a fellow who's family brought the first buckfast bees to the US... he tell a nice story about setting around the family dining table with Brother Adam when they negotiated the deal.
 

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Hi Joe, and WELCOME to our friendly slice of the beekeeping pie! :hi:
Turning a hobby into a business is sort of what I am trying to do, not sure how much success I'm going to have. :lol:
Member Adam Collins brought in 10 Buckfast queens from Ferguson Apiaries in Ontario which has breeders from Denmark. I lost one when introducing but am curious as to how the rest will do. The remaining four I have are in tough spots and will have to show their mettle to survive.
 

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Welcome Joe, beekeeping full time is in my early retirement plans.:wink: I love my buckfast colonies, getting more buckfast queens next summer.:thumbsup:
 

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Hi Joe. Welcome to the forum. :hi:
How long ago did you start with bees and after how long did you become a professional beekeeper?
I'm sure we'll all be able to learn from your experience. We're looking forward to hearing a lot from you .
 

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Welcome to the forum.

Your input will be useful and informative.

Do you have other skills and knowledge ? We seem to have a wide range of topic providers ----- Hunting, Fishing, Snakes, Road-kill and other cooking, etc. etc.
 

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Hello Joe, Welcome to the site. hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Jim
 

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So is the Denmark based Buckfast brought into the country in the form of semen or eggs?

the picture of the queen on the top of your face book page looks to be more Cordovan than Buckfast.
 

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welcome to the forum
 

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Hello Joe and welcome to the forum. I do have a question or two specifically concerning buckfast bees. My experience with buckfast are from a large Texas outfit. Do you open breed your queens, if so how do you ensure that the breeding remains true--if that is even possible. The buckfasts I have are somewhat miserable to work with not why I got them.
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howdy Joe, welcome to the best beek hangout on the web, Im in Sarasota myself.
 
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