The 20th century has come and gone, and we are faced with new challenges. Great champions saw the light in the 20th century, but the new millennium is going to produce even bigger and greater champions.

A new and better type of pigeon is being bred and pigeon fanciers throughout the world must adapt or take up ten-pin bowling instead.

Let's look at the pigeons of the 19th century: Our selection were purely based on two or three selection systems, namely some popular physical standards whether the standards are your own or an international set of guidelines, eye sign or winner to winner.

It's an uncomplicated matter to breed pigeons to conform to any physical standards you may want, but does it fill your loft with winners?

Eye sign – no matter what you believe in and whatever eye sign theory you adapt to, how many winners are in your loft right now?

Winner to winner – most winners are sports and many fanciers around the world, have found that winner to winner, breeds some winners, but how many winners are in your loft right now?

It's an uncomplicated matter to breed pigeons conform with any physical standards and or eye sign you may want, but there is not one system who will guarantee you racing success if and when your pigeons reach the desired physical and or eye sign characteristics their standards demands. So you see there is very little that is synonymous with any selection methods and racing and or breading ability.

The only thing in the world stopping you from breeding more winners that you do now is your inability to recognise the birds that could breed them for you.

A prominent European fancier states in a book that he selects a top flying loft and buys about twenty-five or so late hatches, knowing that twenty-three of them will be DUDS! But he is happy with the two good ones.

Well if a top Belgium or Dutch loft or any other loft anywhere in the world can only produce two good pigeons out of twenty-five, what more can we expect? Right? Wrong! We should expect and breed a lot more than two good pigeons out of twenty-five.

You will never hear a dairy farmer say, "If one out of twelve of my cows gives enough milk I am happy!" Or an egg producer says, "If one in twelve of my chickens lay enough eggs I am happy!"

If all farmers and ranchers have this attitude we will starve to death.

Here is the difference: Pigeon breeders have only other pigeon breeders to compete with. They can all produce a truckload of gravel for every nugget found, and get away with it, because that is the best anyone else can do – until now.

The following write-up was done on Mr. Pete Pobor.

"If you only have a few pairs of breeders because that's all you need and they are all related, and if you only have a small team of racers, because that's all you need and of course they are all related and if you have a much higher percentage of the top pigeons in your club and concourse than anyone else, and you regularly win national awards with this small team of outstanding birds, and if pigeons judged and graded as "super duper", "mind boggling" and "unbelievable" are not even competition to your birds and neither are the birds that come from the pigeon factories, even though they outnumber your birds one hundred to one, and if in 1996 all of the pigeons you bred, were inbred because your family of birds are at a stage of development that to find an out cross that would benefit rather than downgrade your flock could very well be impossible to find and the pretenders can "stand you because they can" emulate you." Then you are Pete Pobor.

Find out how to select the birds, which can breed you multiple winners, champion racers and breeders. Do like myself and a few other inquiring minds have done. Get the birds, and challenge the champions because if you don't do it now, in a year or two you will fade from the scene or will have taken up some other hobby instead.

The question should be, not how many, but how few pigeons should I breed to be competitive. I know how to select champion breeders, I know how to race their offspring.

I will have more winners on my team, than losers. Simply because I was willing to learn how to select champion breeders. That is an indisputable fact. And Mr. Pete Pobor was my mentor.

By Hennie Wessels

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