Auction

Thank you to all the winning bidders and under bidders on our auction!

We had a blessed auction with a great turnover.

Many thanks to Hein Beneke and the toppigeon team for cutting edge presentation and professional service.

May all the buyers have as much pleasure out of our pigeons as we did!

Upcoming Click pair 3

Upcoming click pair 3

Lot 43 mated with Lot 40

Lot 43 is a Tom Lock 13/16 out of a click pair himself. He has bred many winners including WCPTA winner. He is also brother to multiple organisation winners including WCPTA, OVRF, GPU, NFS etc. He is unfortunately getting older now.

Lot 40 is a gem bred out of the SUMO click cock mated with his daughter for stock. Inbred SUMO. Excellent cross material.

We bred 3 babies and raced them in 2019. All three raced very well and completed the season.

One of them was the best long distance pigeon in the division (40 members).

They love the distance races as can be seen below:
20th – 273km – 1458mpm
11th – 383km – 1347mpm
27th – 383km – 1357mpm
4th – 465km – 1237mpm
7th – 465km – 1234mpm
16th – 483km – 1854mpm
4th – 582km – 1177mpm
2th – 631km – 1061mpm
1st – 631km – 1082mpm
24th – 651km – 1286mpm
2nd – 659km – 1210mpm
8th – 659km – 1173mpm
25th – 659km – 653mpm
4th – 659km – 777mpm
7th – 699km – 1108mpm
12th – 708km – 1326mpm
2nd – 814km – 1281mpm

Children on sale are Lot 9, Lot 34 and Lot 55.

CLOSING TOMORROW!

Upcoming click pair 2

Upcoming click pair 2

Lot 20 paired with lot 49 produced in one season at stock the best young pigeon in the division (+- 40 members) and club (16 members).

Lot 20 is an inbred SUMO – Click cock mated to his mother.

Lot 49 is Zorro 2, an exceptional racer and winner out of the “Skaam” cock mated to a SUMO hen.

Their babies have exceptional homing ability – one of them flew back from a friend that lives 17km from us. He was weaned at 30 days age and soaped. A few days after being opened at the friend’s house, he decided that he’s going home. As a baby this was quite impressive. His nestmate scored very well for our friend.

We raced two out of the pair and they were very consistent. Both completed the season. One was unfortunately killed by our dog that got access to the loft, after the season.

Their offspring raced (ordered by distance) :
3rd – 273km – 1264mpm
4th – 273km – 1524mpm
25th – 276km – 1226mpm
3rd – 383km – 1387mpm
15th – 395km – 1314mpm
5th – 397km – 1376mpm
5th – 483km – 1886mpm
4th – 512km – 1217mpm
13rd – 512km – 1172mpm
22nd – 631km – 997mpm
14th – 631km – 1019mpm
10th – 659km – 1170mpm
23rd – 659km – 634mpm
26th – 699km – 1061mpm
6th – 699km – 1114mpm
25th – 868km – 1276mpm

I am confident that this pair will produce many more excellent racers.

Two of their babies on auction – lot 29 (best young pigeon division 2019), and lot 50 (2019 baby)

Currently on auction closing on the 16th June : http://www.toppigeon.co.za

Full auction info at: http://www.grovelofts.co.za/auction

Upcoming click pairs

Upcoming click pairs on our auction

In recent years we have been breeding to replace our old reliable breeders. Great progress have been made in this regard.

I will highlight a few pairs that have already shown their class in only one breeding season together.

Lot 48 paired with Lot 54.

Lot 48 is full brother to the “GPU Hen” – SUMO – Best middle distance Union 2018

Lot 54 is a Putterie/Tom Lock/Clausing. Daughter “Skaam cock”. Twice second union. Scored 4x TOP 10 UNION. 5 x TOP 20 UNION. A super star.

They bred 4 babies and all 4 of them completed the season and scored top 3 positions.

They (LOT 25, LOT 31, LOT 32, LOT 36) scored the following positions (ordered by distance) :

3rd – 229km – 1285mpm
15rd – 229km – 1333mpm
9th – 273km – 1238mpm
16th – 273km – 1242mpm
2nd – 273km – 1571mpm
18th – 273km – 1458mpm
15th – 383km – 1343mpm
1st – 395km – 1437mpm
12th – 395km – 1322mpm
1st – 465km – 1258mpm
5th – 465km – 1236mpm
19th – 582km – 1135mpm
24th – 582km – 1118mpm
30th – 651km – 1259mpm
9th – 659km – 1182mpm
2nd – 659km – 848mpm
27th – 699km – 1072mpm
3rd – 708km – 1344mpm
3rd – 708km – 1382mpm
11th – 755km – 1702mpm
21th – 814km – 1037mpm

How’s that for a first season of breeding?

If you want a shortcut to success – DO NOT MISS THIS MATING.

Currently on auction at http://www.toppigeon.co.za
Catalogue http://www.grovelofts.co.za/auction

SUMOS – Short / Middle / Long

We have had a few enquiries about our SUMO family’s racing abilities. The distance and velocities that they perform at.

I did a quick analysis and used the SANPO best bird standards as the guideline.

Short distance – 100 km – 500km
Middle distance – 450 km – 650 km
Long distance – 600 km – 1000 km

The stats of the SUMO family 1st and 2nd generation pigeons for TOP 3 club positions, in our loft only – using available data, are as follows:

Podium positions
SHORT DISTANCE – 36% TOP 3
MIDDLE DISTANCE – 30% TOP 3
LONG DISTANCE – 34% TOP 3

They have won on any velocity but they were at their best when it got a bit tougher with velocities < 1250mpm.

As can be seen a truly allround family of pigeons.

Currently on auction at http://www.toppigeon.co.za
Full auction details at http://www.grovelofts.co.za/auction

Watter duif moet wedvlug toe?

Watter duif moet wedvlug toe?

Dit is sekerlik ‘n vraag wat ons al almal mee geworstel het. Hoe maak ‘n man nou as jy met 80 potensiele wenners sit en slegs 20 mag mandjie… Nogal ‘n moeilike keuse.

Ek sien myself glad nie as ‘n meester op die gebied van duiwe uitsoek op “vorm” nie. Nee daarmee is ek maar dom. Ek vergaap my aan al die teoriee wat ek op sosiale media aanskou. Tekens van vorm wat eknie verstaan nie. En moenie my verkeerd verstaan nie, die goed kan dalk tekens wees maar ek het nie kennis of ondervinding daarvan nie. “Die vyfde kolletjie op die vierde veer, links van die regter been, net suid van die Noordpool”. Ek dink ouens lees dalk te veel in hierdie goed.

Daar is ‘n paar goed waarna ons egter wel oplet. Ek glo daar is iets soos vorm ja. Vorm is eintlik maar top fiksheid en top gesondheid in my boek. Dit is duidelik waarneembaar as ‘n hok reg is om te presteer.

Tekens waarna ons oplet:

1. Perfekte bolletjies mis met wit kappies. Nie te groot nie en ook nie te klein nie. Te groot, dan voer jy te veel. Te klein, dan voer jy te min of jou duiwe suip te min water – dalk bietjie te sterk muti in die bak.
2. Donsies wat gesaai is om die bolletjies mis. Baie.
3. Duiwe wat blink soos bottels. Vere lyk of dit opgeverf is en amper soos een soliede veer. Niks vere uit plek nie – almal perfek op hulle plek.
4. Sagte vere. Duiwe gly deur jou hande. 
5. Lewendige duiwe. Duiwe wat pronk. Hulle lyk lus vir die lewe en jaag mekaar rond. Die mannetjies is lastig, en die wyfies sleep vlerk. As jy bad gee spring hulle soos malletjies daarin en stoei mekaar vir ‘n plekkie.
6. Skoon kele wat mooi pienk is. Geen slym nie en mooi langwerpige asemhalingsplete. Min tot geen beweging van die spleet nie. Splete wat erg oop en toe maak, is ‘n probleem – behalwe as dit ‘n senuagtige duif is.
7. Vol rond in die hand maar nie opgeblaas soos ballonne nie. Sagte soepel spiere.
8. Spierwit neusvratte. Dit moet lyk of die neuse met wit bordkryt ingekleur is.
9. Helder lewendige oe. GEEN oogvliese wat uithang of nat oe nie!
10. As jy jou duiwe gaan toss, moet hulle onmiddelik pad vat huistoe. ‘n Pak wat draai dui op probleme… As hulle skerp is en vorm het sal hulle dadelik ore platrek huistoe.

As ons veronderstel jou hele hok kwalifiseer volgens gemelde punte hierbo – hoe kies jy nou daardie top 20 wat jou Saterdag moet trots maak?

‘n Meer wetenskaplike/statistiese benadering word hier gevolg. Elke duif moet regverdig behandel word en die kans gegun word om te presteer. Seleksie word op prestasie geskoei en as die duif nie kans kry om te presteer nie, dan is dit nie regverdig nie.

In kort word die volgende benadering gevolg:
1. ‘n Spreadsheet met elke duif word opgestel.
2. Elke langer toss of wedvlug word bygehou op die spreadsheet.
3. Die eerste 20 duiwe kry punte volgens die posisie wat hul by die hok arriveer. Die elektroniese klokke maak dit mos maklik. So die eerste duif kry 20 punte en die 20ste duif 1 punt.
4. Die gemiddeld per duif word uitgewerk en in die spreadsheet bygehou. Na ‘n paar vlugte styg die beter vorm duiwe na bo op die spreadsheet.
5. Op die kortpad gaan die eerste 5 duiwe terug wedvlug toe – indien hulle kondisie dit toelaat. Middel en langpad word duiwe elke tweede week gevlieg.
6. Hierna word elke tweede duif in die lys oorweeg. So nommer 1, 3, 5, 7… vlieg die naweek en 2, 4, 6, 8… vlieg volgende naweek. So word daar balans van vorm duiwe gestuur en tuis gehou – ons moet darem volgende naweek ook kan saam gesels.
7. Daar is nou nog plek vir 5 duiwe. Die duiwe onder op die lys word gebruik om hierdie plekke te vul – so kry hulle kans om te presteer. Baie keer kom hierdie duiwe eers later op vorm en as hulle nie gemandjie word nie, sal jy nooit weet nie. Heelwat verrassings het al hier uitgespring.

So nou is daar 20 moontlike kandidate. Die lys word geskaaf en verfyn tot en met mandjie aand. Duiwe wat se kondisie nie reg lyk nie word afgehaal. Duiwe wat jou aandag trek word bygevoeg.

Ons kom weer terug na OBSERVASIE. Hou jou duiwe dop. Kom ek verduidelik dit aan die hand van ‘n staaltjie. 

Gedurende 2012 is ons in ‘n taai stryd gewikkel om die THU/GPU jongduif punte vir die tweede agtereenvolgende jaar te wen. “Crunch time” soos die Engelsman sou se… Die wedvlug afstand is al stewig oor die 600km en die naweek se voorspelling is taai… Moontlike oornag vlug. Nou wat doen ‘n man nou? Die span is uitgesit en ons moet hoop vir die beste. Een duif sal net moet deurkom om die punte vir ons te wen. 

Mandjie aand word die duiwe gevang. Daar is die heeltyd die een duif wat in my pad is. Hang teen die deure en begin my later bietjie irriteer. Ek vang en bekyk haar. 10184. Deksels mooi. Perfekte kondisie. Sy het die vorige naweek gevlieg en baie goed presteer. Normaalweg dubbel ons nie duiwe op daardie afstand nie. Ek sit haar terug in die hok, maar sy bly uit haar karakter optree. Heeltyd in my pad. Teen my sin word sy toe in die span gesit.

Saterdag breek aan. Die groot wag en opwinding begin. Later is dit skemer. Die duiwe brul. Skielik swaai ‘n duif! Daar word gehardloop en geklok. Dis ‘n jonge. 10184! Enigste jonge die dag terug in ons hok. Later vind ons uit dat ons teenstander vir die punte kampioenskap niks duiwe terug het op die dag nie. 10184 wen vir ons die punte kampioenskap! As sy nie gelaai was nie, was dit neusie verby. HOU JOU DUIWE DOP!!

WCPTA winners

WCPTA winners bred by us and raced by Ian Adriaanse.

The WCPTA is an association in the Western Cape, releasing thousands of pigeons per weekend. Some of the strongest competition in the country.