So… the “GPU hen” can breed winners…

It recently came to our attention that the famous “GPU hen”, that was bred by us, has also bred winners (club and organisation).

Some of her grandchildren were recently auctioned online for R11 500 and R7 500 respectively.

This family of pigeons has made a huge impact on our loft. The past weekend we raced 1,2 club (5,6 union) with very closely related pigeons.

The “GPU hen” sire and dam below.

2019 season

This weekend marks the start of the 2019 racing season for many organisations.

May you have a blessed and very enjoyable season. Enjoy racing your pigeons, and always put their interest before your own.

A very fitting piece from Proverbs 27: 1 – 2 to keep in mind:

“1. Do not boast about tomorrow,for you do not know what a day may bring.

2. Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;a stranger, and not your own lips.”

Let’s race!

Roadwork is going well

Our team is doing really well with their road training thus far. Losses are minimal, and their condition is good. A lot of work lies ahead though…

Pox, PMV/ND, PPMV…

There seems to be a lot of confusion (and non-adherence) to the rules regarding vaccinations. These are not optional BUT required.

A few thoughts

  1. Putting a pigeon with pox in your flock to let them get pox naturally is NON compliance. You still need to vaccinate against pox.
  2. PMV/ND vaccination is NOT the same as PPMV vaccination. PPMV is the pigeon strain of the paramyxo virus. You must vaccinate against that strain separately. Otherwise you are not complying but even worse – YOUR FLOCK IS AT RISK!
  3. Giving La-Sota (live PMV/ND virus) is not a valid vaccination.

Below the extract from SANPO’s 2018 rule:

SANPO Rule: (May 2018)
“D3.10 All pigeons must be vaccinated annually against Newcastle Disease (ND), Pigeon Paramyxovirus (PPMV) and Pigeon Pox (PP) with the last vaccination having been done at least 30 days before the racing season starts.


The following vaccines must be used:
Newcastle Disease (ND): An inactivated vaccine intended for the active immunisation of day-old broiler chicks against Newcastle Disease, registered with Act36/1947. (Example NOBILIS® ND BROILER REG. NO. G2469 / Act 36/1947)

Pigeon Paramyxovirus (PPMV): An inactivated vaccine intended for the active immunisation of Pigeons against Pigeon Paramyxovirus, registered with Act36/1947. (Example NOBILIS Paramyxo P201 REG NO, G2494 Act36/1947)


Pigeon Pox: A Modified live vaccine intended for the active immunisation of Pigeons against Pigeon Pox. (Example Medipox REG NO. G3045 Act 36/1947)

A certificate confirming that this has been done, signed by the relevant members, as well as two fellow club members, containing the batch number and expiry date of the vaccines used, should be made available. Each club member/ club/ organisation must have such a certificate or copy thereof available at all times.”

Updated “SUPER” list

Read my original article http://www.grovelofts.co.za/2017/11/03/super-vs-super/

Below is my updated list based on GPU results up to 2018. A few new entries in there…

TOP 15 UNIONRINGNOYEARLETTERSLOFTNAME
102457514 TRPF CORRIE NAUDE & SON
8724614 GPU OOA AND J&P LOFTS
7562816 GPU ERIC.VOS !
71296615 GPU G DE NECKER /J GOMES
72457314 TRPF CORRIE NAUDE & SON
7713412 GPU GERMISHUIZEN EN BARNES
61162413 GPU GROVE HOKKE
61301614 GPU TIELIE KOTZE
61349015 GPU ANDRIES SMALL
61470112 WPU GROVE HOKKE
5987812 GPU GROVE HOKKE
51156313 GPU ANNANDALE H
51169214 GPU R V D MERWE
51706114 TRPF GYS LOUW GPU
51507312 GPU JACO FAUL
51342415 GPU ANDRIES SMALL
510415 GPU OOA AND J&P LOFTS
5467416 GPU P.D. DROTSKIE
5619114 GPU OOA AND J&P LOFTS
5613513 GPU GROVE HOKKE
5899612 GPU KITCHENBRAND LOFTS EAST
5466116 GPU P.D. DROTSKIE
51308715 GPU JOHN FIELD
5262415 GPU KITCHENBRAND LOFTS EAST
51197212 GPU JACO V. D. WESTHUISEN
51212815 GPU RONNIE HUEBSCH TEAM B
51986815 TRPD HP ANNANDALE
51655613 GPU S DOWD
5313216 GPU JOHN FIELD
5141317 GPU TEAM STIMELA