Monday, 26 March 2018

OLR & Breeding Update

Wow......where to start! So much has been happening lately in regards to the birds. We have now concluded the One Loft Races we entered back in October. We have had some fantastic results over the last 3 months and the it has been a great way to pass the long winter days following our birds.

Our proudest moment has to be finishing 1st Welsh, 1st UK, 26th International in the Grand Averages in Derby Arona (26 races) against the 2,413 birds that started the race. We also finished 1st Welsh, 1st UK, 12th International in the King of the Atlantic Ace Bird Average Hotspots & Final (5 races). These are fantastic results against some of the best fanciers in the world.

The pigeon is Rasbull 12 and he is bred from Rasbull Zeus when paired to Rasbull Valhalla. He is a double Grandchild of Georgio, Jacob Poortvliets No.1 breeding cock.



We had a whole host of top 30 finishes in training results in all 3 OLR's but in the Hotspot, Semi Final and Finals these are the results we managed to achieve including 2nd UK, 13th International Derby Arona, 5th International, 1st Hotspot Derby Maspalomas OLR and 35th International, 1st Hotspot, Gran Canaria OLR, 4th International Survival Race, Gran Canaria OLR & 58th International Semi Final Derby Maspalomas OLR, 53rd International Ace Bird, Derby Maspalomas:-

10/2/18
1st Hotspot - Derby Arona
100km
1,093
15/2/18
Trainer - Derby Maspalomas
90km
1,315
18/2/18
Trainer - Derby Arona
100km
749
19/2/18
Survival Race - Gran Canaria
120km
926
6/3/18
1st Hotspot - Gran Canaria
150km
657
7/3/18
1st Hotspot - Derby Maspalomas
130km
1,267
14/3/18
Semi Final - Derby Arona
230km
630
19/3/18
Semi Final - Derby Maspalomas
195km
1,035
23/3/18
Final - Derby Arona
275km
408
23/3/18
Derby Arona - Grand Average
n/a
2,413
23/3/18
Derby Arona - King of Atlantic
n/a
2,413
26/3/18
Final - Derby Maspalomas
250km
900
26/3/18
Derby Maspalomas - Ace Bird
n/a
1,711

Breeding at the lofts is going very well. We have had 10 birds go to Mr & Mrs A.Winder around two weeks ago. Alan is one of our test lofts and now has an army of our birds. 15 early bred youngsters went earlier to G Thomas & Son and another batch will be heading to our final test loft of Moulds and Slater in the next few weeks.



We took 3 birds over to the Penywaun Breeder Buyer today and these were purchased by A.K Davies, Thomas Brothers & Radcliffe and Mr & Mrs A.Winder so hopefully these will perform well for the buyers and can get amongst the cash prizes!



2 birds have gone to Ireland to Micheal Toal who purchased them in a charity auction and another 6 will be heading to Republic of Ireland for Peter Dempsey who won them as part of a charity fundraiser we organised.

We are now starting to identify pigeons that are producing the goods for us and we have already moved on two birds that have failed to produce within the first year of being in the stock shed. We paid a lot of money for both birds but our breeding criteria means that they have had to go. Some might say this is too quick but I always go with my gut instinct and that told me to move on without these.

Racing starts in a 3-4 weeks and both Moulds and Slater and Mr & Mrs A.Winder have Rasbull pigeons in their race teams who will be competing and I look forward to seeing how they perform as yearlings. I handled the Fed winning pigeon we bred for Alan last year, when I called down today with his breeder buyer purchase and she looked in excellent condition, so hopefully she can keep performing.

Profiles of all our breeding pigeons can be found here, with their pedigrees displayed by clicking on the link under their photos.

Good luck to all for the coming season!

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