Strachan Apiaries, Inc.

2522 Tierra Buena Road
Yuba City, California 95993-9654
Phone: (530) 674-3881
Fax: (530) 674-5802
Email: [email protected]



Strachan Apiaries Inc, founded in 1954 by Don Strachan, is the world’s largest producer of the New World Carniolan Queen Bee. Established in the northern region of the Sacramento Valley between the Feather and Sacramento Rivers, and at the base of the world’s smallest mountain range, the Sutter Buttes. This highly productive and fertile region offers a dynamic interplay between beekeeping and agriculture.

The New World Carniolan was originally established in 1982 by Susan Cobey and Tim Lawrence in California. Carniolan stock from across the U.S. and Canada was collected, back crossed, and evaluated to establish the foundation population. Instrumental insemination and a strict annual evaluation protocol are followed to maintain the NWC breeding program. In 1990 the NWC breeding program was moved to Ohio State University. A cooperative effort between OSU and Strachan Apiaries currently maintains and propagates the stock. Read More
In 1954 Don Strachan founded Strachan Apiaries Inc. While in high school Don started what was to become one of America’s largest and most successful Beekeeping and Queen breeding operations. In 1961 Strachan Apiaries moved to their present location in the beautiful Sacramento Valley of California.In 1980, Don began a new venture with Everett Hastings of Canada and started breeding the Carniolan line of queens and bees. This breed of bees continues to be the backbone of Strachan Apiaries, Inc.   Read More

Valeri Severson, Don Strachan’s daughter, is the President and owner of Strachan Apiaries, Inc., probably the largest woman-owned bee business in the United States. Valeri has been active in the family business more than 25 years and her son, Philip Strachan-Russell, is the Vice President and Operations Manager.

Click here to watch the video  featuring Valeri Severson, President of Strachan Apiaries, Inc, discussing her operation and the importance of agriculture. Read More

Strachan Apiaries, Inc.

The World’s Largest Producer of New World Carniolan Queens

2522 Tierra Buena Road Yuba City, California 95993-9654