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March 2016 Vol 24 No 3 - Page 64 Australian Racing Pigeon Journal I am 76 years young and saving years is very important at this time of life and I try to be as competitive as possible and look forward to strengthening these performance birds in the stock and racing loft, and benefit greatly by a friend lending me some of his proven producers to cross with the Gaby producers to test. The producer is bred 2006 and I have been lucky to have been loaned top producers and top performed hens which I have had up to him and now have 15 young off him to test in racing this year along with several trained sons and daughters from last year to be tested this coming season. The second producer bred 2012 is breeding sons and daughters to clock in fed times and consistent front running birds. I am hoping his future progeny continue to do so as I have crossed him out to test this year. This year I have entered birds in Breeders Plates and friends lofts to further test the young in different lofts. A big test also this year will be 4 stock birds which have been sent to a friend and have been bred from in Adelaide, giving him 16 young to test along with 10 that I bred for him to test. Time will tell in this totally different environment and racing conditions, but the blood performed well for MV Lofts and in Victoria so fingers crossed. I will be racing in the Newcastle & Caolfields Federation this year on the North Coast line which these Gaby bloodlines seem to excel on with the harder, steady, north coast route and do also handle the much faster velocities that sometimes occur. Most fanciers try to breed off the faster route birds and wonder why they cannot handle the harder North Coast route as the North Coast birds are beed for all different routes, fast or steady. This year flying against the Federation only, as no clubs will allow me to join. They prefer boundaries because their interests are to win club events when there may only be 4 members, which gives members a chance to win a club race. However these restrictive boundaries do not encourage members to lift their performance to a higher competitive level every year. I myself try to beat all members, and because of a different programme, flying two rounds instead of one as the Central Coast did, I will need to adjust to suit. There will be about 4 top members from the Hunter Club also flying both Federations, so the fed racing will be hard fought. In my lifetime I have had 3 super producers, a long time apart, and now I aim to test these current couple, as they seem to be equal to the ones in the past. As always I hope this information may help other fanciers to progress in this difficult hobby that a lot of luck and perseverance is required in breeding and racing. I wish everyone a very good season and would give the following advice to fanciers. Don't believe the negative comments you hear about vaccinations as they are our insurance, use antibiotics only when needed. Use treatment for wet canker 3 to 4 days every 3 weeks instead of weekly as the birds need to build natural fitness and health to win, and don't forget to treat stock birds for wet canker before hatching and between rounds, and the young will not have any negative health from the nest and will probably build up immunity whilst they are growing.

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