The Janssens are coming!

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The yearly National race in Victoria was my favourite race, as it was raced from 400 miles, includes the best birds from around the State and was limited to 10 birds per flier. I was not flying in 2013 due to work commitments but kept in touch with what was happening in the pigeon world through phone conversations, the internet and the pigeon journal. My main two contacts for my necessary pigeon conversation were Paul Bryant and Nick Lakiotis

The yearly National race in Victoria was my favourite race, as it was raced from 400 miles, includes the best birds from around the State and was limited to 10 birds per flier. I was not flying in 2013 due to work commitments but kept in touch with what was happening in the pigeon world through phone conversations, the internet and the pigeon journal. My main two contacts for my necessary pigeon conversation were Paul Bryant and Nick Lakiotis.

It was the afternoon of the 12th October 2013 when I rang Nick but there was no answer so I then rang my good friend Paul Bryant to see whether he clocked in the National race from Cobar. The conversation went something like this” Hi Paul this is Andrew how did you go?” He said in a raised and excited voice “Drew I think I got a good one from what I know there are no birds that have clocked in my area.” I said “Wow Paul Good luck. Let me know how you went” He said “No worries Drew I will call you tonight”. The conversation was short and full of the drama that is pigeon racing, the greatest backyard sport in the world. I did not continue the conversation because I knew Paul was waiting for more birds and that he would call me that night to continue the conversation.

I was hopeful that Paul was competitive and did not give the conversation much more thought that afternoon. I remember looking at the trees in my backyard and the wind had sprung up and from my reckoning it had a strong westerly influence. This West wind meant that fliers along the eastern side of the Federation had a better chance of getting a high position. Paul was a long flier but did not live along the eastern side so I thought if he could get a top 10 position he would be doing well.

 So later that night I received a phone call from Paul and he said “Drew I won the Fed” I said “What do you mean?” I won the race in Greater Melbourne Fed (GMPF)”. A fast conversation ensued and I had found out that his bird had come second in the National race only one yard behind Jessie Egan and 1st overall for the GMPF. I then asked “Was it one of your Janssens?” He quickly replied “Yes it was a hen off my Produce hen” Now Pauls’ Produce hen won her race from West Wyalong by an astonishing 84metres/minute and was subsequently stocked. I was amazed that such birds existed and even further mystified that they could in turn pass on their genetics to their progeny so quickly. After our prolonged conversation I hung up the phone and thought to myself how wonderful for Paul to be able to have such great quality birds and train them for success.

Paul standing in front of his race loft

PEDIGREE OF:

Blue Cheq Hen Melb 11-5236

BRED BY:

Paramount Lofts Victoria

Paramount Lofts Vic

 

Blue Cheq Pied VHA 06- 26570

 

BC GB 04- 07398

 

BC GB 95 N-76362

"Where quality is Paramount"

Pure Honeysuckle Janssen

Janssen of Arendonk

"Edward"

 

"Pied Henry"

Bred by Honeysuckle Lofts UK

Sire & G'Sire of Winners

BCH Melb-11-5236

7th Fed Young Bird Derby VHA

No 1 Pair

Blue Pied GB 96 X-98714

Honeysuckle Janssen

for S.Gazzola

 

"Sophie"

"Paramount Prudence"

Sire of:

 

Dam of Winners, Sister of Fed

1st Fed Cobar National GMPF

1st Fed Cobar National

BC GB 04-C-07597

BC GB 95-C-21386

2nd National velocity:1505mpm

2nd National velocity:1505mpm

Janssen of Arendonk

Bred from a G'Daughter of the

 

7th Fed Rochester Vel:1394mpm

Bred by Honeysuckle Lofts UK

"Oude Bange of 64"

7th Fed Rochester Vel:1394mpm

G'Sire of:2nd Fed Narrandera

No 1 Pair

BC GB 01- C 01645

 

9th Fed West Wyalong

 

G'Sire won 1st Nantes, Rennes

4th Club Hillston Vel: 1406mpm

3rd Fed 10th National Cobar

 

and Sartilly

 

Blue Bar Melb 08 15998

BB VHA 05 17061

BBP VHA 02 33596

 

"Paramount Princess"

"Paramount Producer"

Off a direct Son of Blue Cyclone

 

1st Fed GMPF West Wyalong

Sire of: 1st Fed West Wyalong

and Brave Lass. V Loon/Janssen

 

Velocity 1992

2nd Fed Birchip,6th Fed Finley

BCP VHA 00 38513

 

6th Fed GMPF Finley Vel:111

6th Fed Birchip,25th Fed Hay

Honeysuckle Janssen

 

25th Fed GMPF Hay Vel: 1388

8th 10th & 20th Adelaide Club

Daughter of "Braveheart"

 

Dam of: 1st Fed Cobar National

BB Melb 06 5245 "Sole Sister"

BB VHA 03 24736

 

2nd National Vel:1505mpm

Flown Carrieton 500 ml

"Blue Barry" Flown 550ml

 

1st Barb Watson Classic FHPC

Dam of:2nd Fed Birchip

Off "Evo" lot 13 G Evans sale

Paul Bryant

8th Fed,2nd Club Morgan Vel:

1st Fed West Wyalong

BB VHA 03 24762 21st Fed 500ml

Ph: 0403357086

7th Fed Rochester Vel:1394mpm

6th Fed Finley, 6th Fed Birchip

"Sweet Suzie"  Red Fox, Marilyn

 

 

25th Fed Hay,8th,10th & 20th AC

& Honeysuckle Janssen

 

When I asked Paul about his breeding philosophy Paul replied “Like most fliers I am continually looking for birds that will improve my results. Over the years I have tried many different strains and the only one left from the past are the Trevor Barker Red Fox Janssens. These Red Foxes have continuously clocked for me over many years and due to their success I have continually looked for more Janssens that could either improve my results or blend back to this family.”

Which line do you believe has the predominant influence in your Janssen family?

 “At the moment it would have to be the Honeysuckle line followed by the Grenville Evans birds. The Grenville birds are an amazing family and I am surprised that they can still be so competitive after all these years. Grenville is a master selector and breeder of birds”

Can you explain how you acquired your Honeysuckle family?

“The Honeysuckle's originated for me from a pair that Stevan Gazzola and I bought from John Shore. I called them the No 1 Pair and I received 4 Cocks from the pair initially. They all produced Fed birds for me and later down the track I managed to get another son from Stevan. I called him "Pied Henry". He was a Fed bird for Stevan in Young birds. It was Pied Henry that bred my Cobar Fed winner and 2nd National last year when mated to Paramount Penelope who is a nestmate to Paramount Princess who was my 1st Fed West Wyalong Produce by 84mpm.

 

I have now mated these Honeysuckle's back into the Grenville Evans "Braveheart" Honeysuckle's and they cross very well into the Red Fox and Marilyn Janssen's.”

 

 

Paramount Producer VHA 05 17061

 

PEDIGREE OF:

Blue Bar Cock VHA 05 17061

BRED BY:

Stevan Gazzola

"Paramount Producer"

"Paramount Producer"

 

Blue Bar Pied

 

Blue Bar

 

BB VHA 99 35037"Blue Cyclone"

Blue Bar Cock VHA 05 17061

VHA 02 33596

VHA 00 38569

Van Loon/Janssen

Sire of:11th Fed Finley Vel:1093

Janssen/Van Loon

1st Federation Hillston 523kms

1st Federation "Produce" 2010

 

 

BC VHA 98 41064

West Wyalong Vel: 1992

 

 

"Brave Lass"Van Loon/Janssen

2nd Fed Birchip Vel:1797

 

 

1st Federation Narrandera 398k

6th Fed Finley Vel:1111

 

Blue Cheq

BC VHA 95 22699

20th Fed Mt Hope Vel: 1800

 

VHA 99 24487

Delbar/Silvere Toye/Janssen

25th Fed Hay Vel: 1388

 

1st Federation VHA from

 

8th Fed Narrandera Vel:1368

 

Deniliquin for S.Gazzola

BC Melb-96 2551

5th GMPF Breeders Plate 2010

 

Janssen/Silver Toye/Delbar

Janssen

Vel:1175 winning $2,255

 

 

 

11th Open Horsham Cup from

Blue Cheq Pied

Blue Cheq

Blue Cheq GB C 95 21542

Little Topar 770ks & 206 birds

VHA 00 38513

VHA 97 31679

"The Honeysuckle Cock"

Velocity: 996,20th Marla vel:819

Honeysuckle Janssen

"Braveheart"

Sire of the Great "Braveheart"

8th Lyndhurst (Adelaide Club)

 

1st Federation Mildura

Blue Cheq GB C 95 21004

Velocity: 1622

 

Bred by Grenville Evans

"The Honeysuckle Hen"

6th Fed Birchip Vel:1052

 

Janssen

Dam of The Great "Braveheart"

6th Roxby Downs Adelaide $10K

 

 

Blue Bar SA 91 21241

winning $1,701 Prizemoney

 

Blue Bar

Janssen bred by A Brown

39th Roxby Downs Adelaide 10K

 

VHA 92 12526

Riviera Lofts

10th Lyndhurst (Adelaide Club)

 

"Blue Moon"

Blue Bar PRF 90 6717

G'Sire of 1st Fed Cobar National

 

1st Federation Bourke

"The Mistake Hen" Janssen

11th Fed Shepparton Vel:1452

 

Bred by Grenville Evans

Grand dam of approx 15 Fed pl.

2nd Fed West Wyalong Vel;1593

 

So what about the other lines of Janssens?

“They are also super important as they provide vigour back to the family. Paramount Pride as an example is made up of Richard Clingan Marilyn Janssens crossed with Keith Saggers Red Fox Janssens. . Then you have a Red Fox Janssen named ‘Soapie’ that has bred 4 high federation positions in the greater Melbourne over the past 2 years. I can continue with the number of important Janssen birds in my loft but believe me they are all important and are all there for a reason

 The Red Foxes have 2 different lines. One is the original family from Keith Saggers which came from the original imports back in 1988. The last Cock off the "Trevor Barker" pair produced 4th Fed Shepparton this season as a 13yo.The original Trevor Barker pair was gifted to Trevor by Keith Saggers who told Trevor that "he needed some good pigeons to start with". This was so true with an unbelievable amount of Fed places coming from these over the years. Trevor had wanted me to have this pair and I duly collected them after his death in 1996.

 

The other family of Red Foxes is the top performing Geronimo line which has bred us 3rd, 4th & 14th Fed in the last 2 seasons. “

 

 

Paul’s current number 1 Red Fox Janssen that has produced 3 Federation positions in 2 years

PEDIGREE OF:

Meally Cock Suth 07- 1856

BRED BY:

Ian & Dolly Freeman (Dolly's Pink Ladies)

Meally Cock Suth 07-1856

 

Red Cheq

 

Red Cheq GB 96 C 02408

RC NL-88-1146059

"Soapy"

Melb 01-11861

"Geronimo"

"Sire of Geronimo"

Bred for Stock

Bred by Keith Saggers

Sire of 1st Fed 500 KM, 2nd Fed

 

Gifted to Geoff Johnson

Red Fox Janssen

400 KM, 2nd Fed 250KM,3rd Fed

BC Belge-93-6234578

from Ian & Dolly Freeman

 

1050Km,4th Fed 700Km,4th Fed

"Dam of Geronimo"

 

500KM,5th Fed 250 & 8th Fed

 

Sire of: 4th Fed Mt Hope

 

Blue Cheq  Aust 99-0001

RC GB-96-024008

& 2nd in $2 Ring Race

 

Bred by Keith Saggers

Janssen Bros

Vel: 1153mpm, GMPF 2013

 

Red Fox Janssen

 

 

 

 

BC VHA 96-11472

14th Fed West Wyalong

 

 

Janssen Bros

Vel:1750mpm 2013

 

 

 

 

Meally

Mosaic VHA 94-16682

RC GB-88-S-13510

3rd Fed Condobolin GMPF 2014

NDIC-98-603

Red Fox Janssen

Janssen Bros

Velocity: 1295mpm

Bred by Ian & Dolly Freeman

Top Stock Cock

Son of Rode Vos

 

Red Fox Janssen

Bred by Keith Saggers

BC GB-88-C-13362

 

 

Janssen Bros

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Cheq VHA 92-22095

RC GB-88-S-13510

 

 

Red Fox Janssen

Janssen Bros

 

 

Mother of the Pink Ladies

 

 

 

Top producing Hen

BC GB-88-C-13362

 

 

Bred by Keith Saggers

Janssen Bros

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Trevor Barker Red Fox Janssen  VHA 01 9660  is still producing Federation birds

PEDIGREE OF:

Red Cheq Cock VHA 01 9660

BRED BY:

Paramount Lofts Victoria

Red Cheq

Red Cheq GB 88C13510

RC NL 81 1007896

"Where quality is Paramount"

VHA 92 2255

Janssen Bros

Rode Vos

Red Cheq Cock VHA 01 9660

Bred by Keith Saggers

 

Sire was a son of 33

"Red Baron"

Red Fox Janssen

 

RC NL 81 1007887

Raced to Tocumwal returning

Gifted to Trevor Barker

 

Rood Vosje

hawked,then retained for

"Trevor Barker Cock"

 

Sire was the Hannibal bro to 05

stock.

 

Blue Cheq  GB 88C13362

BC NL 82 2133306

Sire of:

 

Janssen Bros

Sire was Bange of 64

2nd Fed Tintinarra

 

 

 

Velocity of 1610

 

 

BC NL 82 2126881

11th Fed Rochester

 

 

Sire was a son of 27 & Dam

Velocity of 1897

 

 

was a daughter of Bange of 64

19th Fed Hillston

Red Cheq

Red Cheq GB 88C13510

RC NL 81 1007896

Velocity 1791

VHA 92 2587

Janssen Bros

Rode Vos

4th Fed Shepparton/1st Club

Bred by Keith Saggers

 

Sire was a son of 33

Velocity:1126mpm

Red Fox Janssen

 

RC NL 81 1007887

Gifted to Trevor Barker

 

Rood Vosje

"Trevor Barker Hen"

 

Sire was the Hannibal bro to 05

 

Red Cheq GB 88C13557

RC NL 82 2139487

 

 

Janssen Bros

Dam was a sister to 05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RC NL 82 288013

 

 

 

Great Grand daughter of

 

 

 

Rode Appie

 

 

The Marilyn Janssen's came from Richard Clingan. I went to Richard's sale and picked out the great "Mr Marilyn" who has been my foundation Cock. Along the way I have sourced more Marilyn Janssen's and have kept them straight to put in with the Red Foxes and Honeysuckle's.

 

 

Mr Marilyn bred by Richard Clingan TAS 01 285 is still a valuable stock bird

 

PEDIGREE OF:

Blue Cheq Cock Melb 09 406

BRED BY:

Paramount Lofts Victoria

A P & S Bryant

Paramount Lofts Vic

Blue Cheq TAS 01 285

 

BC Gipps 99 35292

BC GB-91-C05677

"Where quality is Paramount"

"Mr Marilyn" bred by R Clingan

"Fred"

"Marilyn's Boy"

 

Marilyn Janssen

Double Grandson of Marilyn

His Sire was "Wishbone"

 

Sire of: 11th Fed Wedderburn

Janssen Bros

BC GB-92-K46198

Blue Cheq Cock Melb 09 406

Velocity 1650

 

"Alice" Full Sister to Wishbone

"Paramount Pride"

1st Fed Condobolin Vel:1054

 

Son of "Marilyn"

1st Fed Condobolin

17th Fed Condobolin

BC GB -92-K46198 "Alice"

Blue Bar "Dikke Blue Of 77"

1st in $2 Special ring race

G'Sire of 2nd Fed West Wyalong

Alice is a half sister of "Tony's

He is a Grandson of the Bange

Velocity 1054

 

Pride"Janssen Bros

Of 51 & Sire of many winners

GMPF

 

Dam & G'Dam  of 6 Fed and

LCheq NL-607786"Marilyn Of 77

All Janssen

 

Combine winners in the UK

Bred by S De Smale of Elst

Sire of: 2nd Fed West Wyalong

 

 

Holland

Velocity 1593mpm

Slate Melb 07 2984

BB VHA 03 24736

BB VHA 01 10947

4th Fed & 14th National Cobar

"Little Suzie"

"Blue Barry"

"Evo" lot 13 G Evans sale

Vel: 1274mpm

Marilyn/Red Fox Janssen

Flown 550 ml then injured

Down from Blue Moon lines

 

Raced by A P & S Bryant

Janssen

BC VHA 01 9690 "Miss Caprice"

 

18th Fed Fowlers Gap

Sire of: 18th Fed Fowlers Gap

Red Fox Janssen from K Saggers

 

Velocity 916  (GMPF)

2nd Fed Narrandera 10 Bird

Dam of 9th Fed Condobolin

 

Dam of: 11th Fed Wedderburn

BB VHA 03 24762

RC VHA 01 9660 "Red Baron"

 

1st Fed Condobolin Vel:1054

"Sweet Suzie"

Red Fox Janssen from K Saggers

 

17th Fed Condobolin

Janssen, 21st Fed Carrieton 500

Sire of 2nd Fed Tintinarra

Contact Paul Bryant

G'dam of 2nd Fed West Wyalong

ml in VHA. Dam of: 18th Fed

BC VHA 00 38461

Mobile:0403357086

 

Fowlers Gap,2nd Fed Narrandera

Honeysuckle/Marilyn Janssen

 

 

 

Dam of 2nd Fed Tintinarra

 

 

So how do you describe your Janssen family? “Basically it is a family that is currently performing at a high level. It is a mixture of Honeysuckle, Red Fox, Grenville Evans and Marilyn Janssens that is being continually blended to give me great results in the Greater Melbourne Federation”

I heard you also had some success in the Adelaide Club with one of your birds? “Yes you are right. I sent a Janssen hen this year the same way bred as Paramount Princess that won the Produce for me and she placed for me on three occasions during the season. I will be getting her back shortly and she will be going straight into stock”.

Paramount Princess 1st Fed West Wyalong Produce by 84mpm 

PEDIGREE OF:

Blue Bar Hen Melb 08 15998

BRED BY:

Paramount Lofts Victoria

A P & S Bryant

Paramount Lofts Victoria

BB VHA 05 17061

 

BBP VHA 02 33596

BB VHA 00 38569

"Where quality is Paramount"

Bred by S Gazzola

Off a direct Son of Blue Cyclone

off Blue Cyclone & Brave Lass

 

"Paramount Producer"

and Brave Lass

Janssen/Van Loon

BBH Melb 08 15998

Sire of 2nd Fed Birchip

 

BC VHA 99 24487

"Paramount Princess"

1st Fed West Wyalong

 

1st Fed Deniliquin

1st Fed GMPF West Wyalong

6th Fed Finley,25th Fed Hay

 

Janssen/Silver Toye/Delbar

Velocity 1992

5th GMPF Breeders Plate Cond

BCP VHA 00 38513

BC VHA 97 31679

6th Fed GMPF Finley

11th Open Horsham Cup

Honeysuckle Janssen

"Braveheart" 1st Fed Mildura

Velocity 1111

8th Adelaide Club Lyndhurst

Daughter of Braveheart

Honeysuckle Janssen-G Evans

25th Fed GMPF Hay

6th Adelaide $10,000 Roxby D

and Blue Moon

BB VHA 92 12526

Velocity 1388

6th Fed Birchip, 10th Lyndhurst

 

"Blue Moon" 1st Fed Bourke

 

Adelaide Club & 20th Marla

 

Marilyn Janssen Bred by G Evans

Dam of: 3rd Club FHPC Velocity

BB Melb 06 5245 "Sole Sister"

BB VHA 03 24736

BB VHA 01 10947

952MPM

Bred by Paramount Lofts

"Blue Barry"

"Evo" lot 13 G Evans sale

5th Club FHPC Vel: 1062

Flown Carrieton 500 ml

Flown 550 ml then injured

Down from Blue Moon lines

1st Barb Watson Classic FHPC

Dam of:2nd Fed Birchip

Off "Evo" lot 13 G Evans sale

BC VHA 01 9690

8th Fed,2nd Club Morgan

1st Fed West Wyalong

and a Red Fox Janssen

Red Fox Janssen from K Saggers

7th Fed Rochester Vel:1394mpm

6th Fed Finley, 6th Fed Birchip

 

pair Dam of 9th Fed Condobolin

1st Fed Cobar 2nd National

25th Fed Hay, 6th Fed Birchip

BB VHA 03 24762

RC VHA 01 9660 "Red Baron"

Vel: 1505mpm

5th GMPF Breeders Plate Cond

"Sweet Suzie"

Red Fox Janssen from K Saggers

 

11th Open Horsham Cup

Red Fox, Honeysuckle & Marilyn

pair Sire of 2nd Fed Tintinarra

Contact Paul Bryant

8th Adelaide Club Lyndhurst

Janssen

BC VHA 00 38461

Mobile:0403357086

6th Adelaide $10,000 Roxby D

21st fed Carrieton 500 ml VHA

Honeysuckle/Marilyn Janssen

 

10th Lyndhurst Adelaide Club

1st Club Cobar National

from G Evans. Dam of 2nd Fed

 

So can you tell me about the breeding of your successful birds this year?

 

My Fed places this year have been:

 

 Blue Bar Hen GMPF 12- 457, 11th Fed Shepparton, Vel:1452mpm she is off the "Paramount Producer" Braveheart Janssen cock 17061 and BB 06 5245 Janssen off "Blue Barry" 24736 & 24762 (21st Fed Carrieton VHA)

 

Red Cheq Pied Hen GMPF-12-5252, 4th Fed Shepparton, Vel 1126mpm- She is off Red Fox Janssen 9660 & Silver Shadow GRZ 13230 off 14445 Old Pied & Grizzethel (Granddaughter of "Grizzelda")

 

Blue Bar Hen HTWC 13- 47, 11th Fed Finley, Vel:1093mpm she is off the Braveheart Janssen cock 17061 and BB 06 5245 Janssen off 24736 & 24762 (21st Fed Carrieton

 

Meally Hen GMPF 12-382, 14th Fed West Wyalong. Vel: 1750mpm, she is off the Red Fox Janssen Cock Suth 07-1856 “Soapy” & BBH Aust 10 19604, 8th Adelaide Club from Lyndhurst  Vel: 1622, She is off the Braveheart Janssen cock 17061 and BB 06 5245 off 24736 & 24762 (21st Fed Carrieton

 

Blue Bar Cock GMPF-13-9867, 8th Fed Narrandera Vel:1478mpm, he is off the Blue Bar Cock 4825 Van Loon & Silver Shadow GRZ 13230 off 14445 Old Pied & Grizzethel

 

Blue Cheq Hen GMPF-13-9855, 2nd Fed West Wyalong 2, Vel:1593mpm, she is off Blue Cheq Cock Melb-09-406 1st Fed Condobolin, son of Mr Marilyn and Slate Hen 2984 off 24736 & 24762 (21st Fed Carrieton. Her Dam is BBH 15997 “Paramount Penelope” nestmate to “Paramount Princess”

 

Blue Bar Hen GMPF-13-9825, 8th Fed Condobolin 1, Vel:1422mpm, she is off BCPC 5172 Van Loon & Slate Melb 07 2984 Marilyn, Red Fox & Honeysuckle Janssen 18th Fed Fowlers Gap and 26th Fed in the National.   

 

Meally Hen GMPF 12-5208, 3rd Fed Condobolin. Vel: 1295mpm, she is off the Red Fox Janssen Cock Suth 07-1856 “Soapy” & BBH Aust 10 19604, 8th Adelaide Club from Lyndhurst  Vel: 1622, She is off the Braveheart Janssen cock 17061 and BB 06 5245 Janssen off 24736 & 24762 (21st Fed Carrieton

 

Blue Bar Hen GMPF-13-9865, 13th Fed Narromine 1, Vel:1331mpm, she is off BCPC 5172 Van Loon & Slate Melb 07 2984 Marilyn, Red Fox & Honeysuckle Janssen 18th Fed Fowlers Gap and 26th Fed in the National.   

 

Blue Bar Hen GMPF 13-9890, 4th Fed & 17th National from Cobar Vel: 1274, she is off Blue Cheq Cock Melb-09-406 1st Fed Condobolin,son of Mr Marilyn and Slate Hen 2984 off 24736 & 24762 (21st Fed Carrieton. Her Dam is BBH 15997 “Paramount Penelope” nestmate to “Paramount Princess”

 

Blue Bar Hen GMPF-13-9866, 1st Fed Narromine 2, Vel:1604mpm, she is off BCPC 5172 Van Loon & Slate Melb 07 2984 Marilyn, Red Fox & Honeysuckle Janssen 18th Fed Fowlers Gap and 26th Fed in the National.  

 

  ‘Little Suzie’ 2984 Marilyn/Red Fox Janssen dam of two 1st Feds

 

You are currently running second in the GMP averages. What is the reason for your success?

“It is a combination of things really. I was previously living in Aspendale with a small set up. I now live in Somerville on acreage and even though I am not ideally positioned when there is a West wind my birds seem to be able to break at the right time to make me competitive in most of the races. Due to my larger stock loft I am also able to keep a larger number of birds which allow me to experiment more with different pairings. I am therefore able to identify my best birds much quicker and concentrate on those blood lines in my breeding program. The good birds basically pick themselves and I go from there. Over the past few years my Janssen family have achieved most of my results in my loft.

I also think it is important to have a good management system in place. This involves having a good health regime using probiotics, vitamins and antibiotics. This is something that all fanciers need to work out themselves through asking questions, experimentation and reading various literature on these subjects.

The last part of the puzzle is getting the birds race fit and motivated. Finding the right combination of loft flying and tossing is an art that all pigeon fliers are continually trying to develop. I think it is important to watch your birds continuously during the season as they will tell you whether they are in form. You do not have to continuously toss your birds to achieve success and sometimes a short toss will achieve more than a long one. The secret is knowing when to toss and how far”

Have you had any other birds that have been successful in your loft this year? 

“Yes the Van Loons seem to have some promise as I have had 2 high federation positions with them this year and just won a 1st Federation with a Vanloon X Janssen from Narromine”

Paus latest Federation winner  1st Federation Narromine GMPF 13 9866 Vanloon x Janssen hen

I am amazed that a family of birds that is 100 years old can be so competitive in today’s pigeon environment. Would you like to comment on this?

“Drew you are 100% correct. This family of birds has been bred in Belgium by the Janssen Brothers and shipped around the world with amazing success. If you go through most successful birds today they have an infusion of Janssen blood in them to speed them up or make them orientate faster. What I am amazed about is that the birds can be kept so pure with very few crosses and stay in front of the pack.”

So are you looking for better birds?

“Always. Like most fliers I am looking for top birds that will improve my family”

What do you look for?

“Through previous experiences I now look for birds that win continuously and in big races. I look for a family of birds that are continuously placed high in the Fed. I would rather buy 1 or 2 top birds than buy half dozen birds of lesser quality to place into stock.

Before I consider purchasing I also consider how the birds will be bred back into my own family”

Which birds might you be introducing in the future?

It depends on what is performing. I don’t necessarily want to buy straight off the imports that have not produced federation results in Australia. I would prefer to find birds that have produced high federation results in big competition and cross them back to my Janssens. As an example my current Vanloons are currently a successful cross”

So what birds are you looking at?

“I may introduce some Herman Cuesters, Bosua or Der Rau Sablon birds in the future if I think there is merit in it. But before any birds enter my stock loft these days I prefer that the birds have some of performance in their pedigrees. I only have a small stud so any birds that come into my stock loft have to be pretty good birds”

So what plans do you have for the future?

“More of the same I suppose. Like all fliers I am always trying to improve. This happens by finding better birds, improving the birds diet, better training, finding ways to motivate your birds and looking for better health supplements. Obviously I have this balance worked out this year but that doesn’t mean I have it all worked out because next year I may encounter different problems. I think this is the beauty of pigeon racing as it constantly challenges you, as soon as you think you have everything right and nature throws you a curve ball and you are back to square one.

Being a competitive flier means you must understand genetics, have an excellent loft management system and be consistent in your application of all the basics. This is why pigeon racing is indeed the best backyard hobby in the world”

 

 Paul holding his latest Federation winner