Saturday, 28 November 2009

Congratulations Neil!

Congratulations to my brother who picked up 1st and 2nd Through the Wires Young Birds today in the Gurnos Show. Fantastic result for him having only had pigeons for 3 months! One of my own birds also picked up Highly Commended. So between the two of us we took 3 out of the 6 cards up for grabs. There were 66 in the class so very happy with that result. There is a Handling Show next Friday so will let you know if we attend and how we get on.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Something different!

I am going to try something different this year. I was planning to sell my 1st round but I have decided that although I will still sell a few, I am going to breed them in December and put Old bird rings on them and race them in the Old bird season. They will be 4-5 months old and will be on natural darkness. I have ordered 35 '09' rings, so will be interesting how things pan out. I only have 7 old birds, so think its worth a try to boost my Old bird team, I cant see I have anything to lose and maybe everything to gain!

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Learn by mistakes!

Yesterday I decided to put the birds together with their prospective partners to see how they take to each other. I paired the 16 pairs and all was looking well. I decided to leave the birds together while I went to work. Big mistake, because on going back into the loft after work, 2 hens had been totally scalped! So I wont be doing that again in a hurry. The other 14 pairs were fine and all looking well together. I am now aiming to pair up on the 10th December with my entire 1st first round being put up for sale. I have to go to the Europa Classic loft on Saturday to pick up 3 new purchases which are waiting for collection. There is also a young bird show in Merthyr on the same day which I am planning on entering. So fingers crossed a few cards can be picked up in the show pens.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Stock Pairs decided and a small draft for sale!

I have been busy finalising my stock pairs this last few days. I have also decided that a small draft of young birds will be offered up for sale out of the new Europa stock birds we have introduced this autumn. I have put 7 pairs on the 'For Sale' page of the website so people can have a look at the quality that is going to be offered. Numbers are limited, so if interested please contact as soon as possible. A 25% deposit will secure your birds. I will be looking to breed a round in January that will be sold and also a late bred round will also be offered for sale probably around July/August time.

Monday, 9 November 2009

More new introductions!

3 more new introductions for the stock loft, including 4th Hotspot Europa Classic, 120 miles. Also a hen that scored 26th, 61st, 64th, 65th out of the 6 race series in the Europa. Fantastic performances. That means from the Europa Classic sales we purchased 12 birds in total and the 12 birds were all in the top 62 Ace Birds going into the final race! There were over 1200 birds that started the series and prior to the final race had flown 5 races amassing around 12 hours flying time in those races! The actual positions were 6th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 26th, 32nd, 40th, 41st, 43rd, 54th and 62nd. After the final race we had 9th, 17th and 34th Ace Birds. We purchased pigeons that won 9 cash amounts for being in the top 10 of the Hotspot races, including 2 x 4th, 2 x 5th, 6th and 9th. And also 24th , 29th and 86th Open in the final race.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

New share syndicate set up!

I have decided to setup a share syndicate for next seasons Europa Classic 2010. The system can be seen on the One loft page of this website. Each syndicate will have 4 shareholders, not too expensive but not too many that the prize money gets watered down too much. I have picked 3 pairs of birds that I purchased at the auctions that will be responsible for breeding. One youngster from each pair will go in each syndicate to form a team, therefore ensuring each syndicate has the same blood and effectively the same chance. I hope to get a good response as the birds that are going to breed the youngsters have put up some fantastic performances in this years race and will breed some super youngsters for a crack at the £30,000 first prize! Have a look at the quality of the birds, any information/booking can be done through

The hit counter on the website has really gone through the roof in the last 3 days since the introduction of the new stock. I have had numerous people enquiring about birds for sale for 2010 from the stock birds and anyone interested please get in touch through the email above as numbers will be limited.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Several new stars at Rasbull Lofts!

Yes thats right, several, infact 9 new stars have been purchased from the Europa Classic sale. Over the course of the 2 auctions, 9 absolutely fantastic pigeons have been purchased for the stock lofts. The biggest stars with out doubt have to be a nest pair of birds bred by Ron Bevan who come 24th Open and 29th Open and who were 9th Ace Bird and 17th Ace Bird! A nest pair both in the top 30 of the Europa Classic, both in the top 17 of the Ace Bird standing! The chances? Have there ever been a better pair of nestmates in the final results? I would doubt it. Both have been purchased and now have pride of place in the stock loft! I went with a list of 10 birds and come back with 9 of them! The only 1 I didnt manage to purchase was because it didnt go up for auction and was withdrawn for the Europa 500. No expense has been spared in purchasing these birds! Other results of the birds I purchased include:- 4th hotspot, 15th hotspot, 39th hotspot, 9th hotspot, 48th hotspot, 86th Open, 16th hotspot, 5th hotspot, 6th hotspot, 15th hotspot, 31st hotspot, 31st hotspot, 43rd hotspot. 34th Ace Bird.
As can be seen some outstanding results from the birds purchased. All the details have been put onto the stock bird page of the website and if you would like further details you will be able to find them on here.