High quality is very important to both Wim and Bertrik. That is why they started to collect good pigeons at an early stage; their successes in 2012 are a result of this approach. Briefly speaking their breed consists of 30% of top class hen Jantje; the other 70% is based around the bloodline of Koop and Gerda Kiekebelt from Drijber, the most important pigeon being Van Kootenduifje. She is the dam of 13 national top 100 winners and she is great-grandmother of the first International St. Vincent and the first NPO Periqueux.
As we said, this is clearly a marathon loft. Their pigeons are basketed for races of 800km and more from different release sites. 2012 was again a good season with several top 100 prizes. This is how the two fanciers approach things: “We are never satisfied, there is always room for improvement. That’s how you keep you and your pigeons focused!”
This is their list of top 50 places at National/NPO and international level:
1st International St.Vincent in 2011 against 3,490 pigeons over 1045km 1st International Bergerac in 2009 against 6,931 pigeons over 865 km 1st NPO Periqueux in 2009 against 4,348 pigeons over 826 km 1st International Champion Maratahon against 7,500 members in 2006 1st Provincial Overnight Champion nominated against 2,000 members in 2011 2nd NPO Bordeaux in 2010 against 2,465 pigeons over 895 km 7th International Bergerac in 2006 against 8,713 pigeons over 865 km 8th International Kampioen Marathon N.U. against 10,000 members in 2011 10th NPO Periqueux in 2008 against 3,811 pigeons over 826 km 17th International St.Vincent in 2006 against 3,783 pigeons over 1045km 18th National St.Vincent in 2010 against 5,698 pigeons over 1045km 24th International St.Vincent in 2009 against 4,487 pigeons over 1045km 27th National Bergerac in 2004 against 20,261 pigeons over 865km 32nd NPO Periqueux in 2012 against 2,912 pigeons over 826 km 34th NPO Periqueux in 2012 against 2,912 pigeons over 826 km 36th International Brive in 2006 against 7,213 pigeons over 808 km 38e NPO Periuqueux in 2010 against 3,425 pigeons over 826 km 38e International Brive in 2006 against 8,620 pigeons over 808 km 41e NPO Periqueux in 2012 against 2,912 pigeons over 826 km 42e International Mont de Marsan in 2006 against 2,505 pigeons over 993 km 43e International Montpellier in 2011 against 4,043 pigeons over 939 km 43e NPO Brive in 2011 against 4,564 pigeons over 808 km 45e NPO Bergerac in 2011 against 3,297 pigeons over 865 km 47e NPO Bergerac in 2011 against 3,297 pigeons over 865 km 50e International Cahors in 2012 against 5,003 pigeons over 913 km 50e International Brive in 2004 against 9,350 pigeons over 808 km
They were particularly successful thanks to their top class hen and stock dam Jantje! Click here to read more about this hen!
This is truly an exceptional pigeon; she is one in a million. Every season her excellent descendants prove that she has great breeding qualities. In only three years’ time she has become the dam of:
1st Int. Bergerac 2009 (I) - 6,919 pigeons 865 km (Super 31) 2nd NPO Bordeaux 2010 - 2,465 pigeons 895 km (Fenna) 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance WHZB 2010 (Fenna) 8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance WHZB 2010 32nd NPO Périgueux 2012 - 2,912 pigeons 826 km (Tiësto) 38th NPO Périgueux 2010 - 3,425 pigeons 826 km (Blue 13) 50th Int. Cahors 2012 - 5,003 pigeons 913 km (Tiësto) 60th Int. Brive 2010 - 7,213 pigeons 808 km (Fenna) 61st NPO Bergerac 2011 – 3,297 pigeons 865 km (Blue 13) 69th NPO Perigueux 2012 - 2,912 pigeons (826 km) 71st Int. St. Vincent 2011 – 3,490 pigeons 1045 km (Fenna) 77th NPO Périgueux 2008 - 3,811 pigeons 826 km (Fenna) 85th Int. Périgueux 2009 - 7,330 pigeons 826 km (Super 31)
And grandmother of:
17th Int. Ruffec 2011 – 2,285 pigeons 871 km 24th NPO Périgueux 2012 - 2,912 pigeons 826 km 34th NPO Périgueux 2012 - 2,912 pigeons 826 km 41st NPO Périgueux 2012 - 2,912 pigeons 826 km 69th NPO Bergerac 2011 – 3,297 pigeons 865 km 86th Int. Bordeaux 2010 – 3,814 pigeons 895 km
When we take a look at her pedigree we notice that she has the outstanding bloodlines of Jan van Straten! Jantje is a granddaughter of the 022. This excellent cock has won no less than three teletext races against 18,053, 6,327 and 6,473 pigeons! And there is more: we find several other top class racing pigeons or their descendants in her pedigree. Her grandmother is, for instance, a daughter of the 5th Ace Pigeon Europe Marathon; her father won a 42nd National, just to name a few (click here for the pedigree). What follows is a short but impressive overview of her best children, which were bred with different cocks (sires)!
Another highlight in the career of the Murk family was the First NPO/National in 2009, won by their top class racing pigeon GER-KO against 4,348 pigeons. It is remarkable that he won this race with a lead of no less than 30 minutes, in a race that was considered as one of the most demanding of the season. His average velocity of 954 metres per minute in a race of 826km says it all! A few years later it appears that his grandchildren are equally as talented as their grandfather. They have already managed to win a 24th and a 34th national Periqueux against 2,912 pigeons! Quality is the main ingredient in the loft of the Murk family; we see this every season again. The collection of their top class racers and breeders that will be auctioned at PIPA is obviously of great quality as well!