18/12/2015 - As an increasing number of top lofts are trying to predict the level of performance and the value of their breed through genetic testing, the influence of this LDHA gene only becomes more and more apparent.
13/07/2015 - In the past week, 50,000 pigeons were liberated in Valencia (Spain) for the second national long distance race in Portugal. It is the second long distance race this year. Tough races since racing from central Spain is very hard because of the orography and high temperatures.
20/05/2015 - The Derycke-Schieman partnership has a strain of pigeons which is dominated by the noble Gaby Vandenabeele bloodlines. Last year, the partnership won the only national young bird race in Holland with a 100% Vandenabeele called Gabriëla. She won the race from Gien against 17536 birds in Sector 1.
09/02/2015 - After having tested a lot of parentages by DNA, we thought it would be nice to publish some statistics of how many parentages were tested as correct parents or not. We have included 1241 recent parentage tests and 3617 samples for this evaluation, meaning we can make some very nice conclusions in general for racing pigeon breeding.
20/01/2015 - Koen Minderhoud had a glorious season last year. The greater part of his success was thanks to De Geeloger which won 2 NPO races and a 1st Provincial. According to Koen, this racer is his best pigeon ever. In this video, Koen presents De Geeloger and its parents and talks about his strain build-up.
22/04/2013 - Nikolaas Gyselbrecht of PIPA Elite Center (PEC) presents "Bender", 1st National Ace Pigeon Great Middle Distance KBDB 2012. This pigeon is put up for auction in the PEC auction in May, as well as two of Bender's children.
26/12/2012 - We have been discussing this topic in previous articles and we return to the subject because we hear the following question a lot: is it true that youngsters bred in winter will lose their value later on; no matter how successful they were in their year of birth?
24/12/2012 - Christmas day is here, which means that the new year is about to begin. While we were having Christmas dinner I was thinking about all the fanciers around. I wish them good luck, good health and a successful season in pigeon racing. At the same time I was wondering what will come out of the young birds that are about to hatch.
14/12/2012 - Our ideas about pigeon fancying have changed a lot compared to the year 1900. At the same time some things are still exactly the same as back then. It seems that people had already discovered some important truths about pigeons in the early 1900s.
11/12/2012 - One of our regular visitors, a great champion himself, sent us a letter and asked us to publish it on our website. The writer of this letter is surprised to see that so many fanciers hold to theories that should help them to recognise the best pigeons in their loft, especially in winter.
01/12/2012 - This is about sparing your pigeons. In recent years fewer and fewer fanciers would spare their pigeons outside the season. However, more and more fanciers agree that you should not put too much strain on your young team of racers, but why is that?
30/11/2012 - Here are some facts we would like to discuss: for anybody who knows a pigeon thoroughly – which is the case for any good fancier – it is not difficult to notice the physical qualities or any infirmities of one of his pigeons.
24/11/2012 - Evolution or revolution in pigeon breeding? There is not a lot of difference between the two as both evolution and revolution indicate a change. There is only a small difference between the two but there is one.
23/11/2012 - In the 40 years that we have been involved in pigeon racing we have regularly experienced some new theories, each of which were said to be infallible. Nevertheless, each of these theories found their way to the paper basket, because they did not work out in practice.
21/11/2012 - There used to be a pharmacist in Germany who was known for having pigeons that won one top prize after another. One of our colleagues interviewed him a while back and now I would like to discuss some of the most interesting topics.