Farmer’s Weekly brings you the latest animal and livestock farming news and updates from South Africa and the rest of Africa.

Talking to pigeon fancier Deon du Toit

Deon’s first racing season in the Kalahari Pigeon Federation was in 2014, and his birds led from the start, writes Thomas Smit.

Charles Carlson Jnr’s pigeons auction

Top racing pigeons were on offer at Charles Carlson Jnr’s auction at the end of April. It’s not often that a collection of such excellence becomes available at a single sale, says Thomas Smit.

Flying high for 150 years

With R1 million in combined prize money expected, this is one race you can’t afford to miss, says Thomas Smit.

SAMDPR pre-final results update

More than 30 countries entered the 19th SA Million Dollar Pigeon Race, notes Thomas Smit.

Foreign, yes. Feral, no.

The racing pigeon is fully domesticated, the result of two centuries of experimental breeding, and they are certainly not an invasive threat, as some claim.
Leave our pigeons alone!

Leave our pigeons alone!

The attempted banning of pigeon racing was staved off by prompt action by the South African National Pigeon Organisation. But Thomas Smit believes that the controversy is far from over.

SAPIR 2014 roundup

Conditions were difficult. The birds had to endure heat and a strong headwind in the final, reports Thomas Smit.

Dinokeng 2014 results update

All went well at the prestigious Dinokeng One-Day Loft International Pigeon Race, says Thomas Smit.

It’s Million Dollar Pigeon time again!

Thomas Smit previews the 19th South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race.

A basic pigeon loft structure

Last time, we discussed claims that wealthier fanciers dominate pigeon racing. As we saw, it’s a controversial issue.

Levelling the playing field for pigeon racing

It is often claimed that the wealthier fanciers are dominating pigeon racing. But having a lot of money doesn’t necessarily make you a winner, says Thomas Smit.

The Antwerp connection

To secure the performance link in a family tree of racing pigeons, stay with the fruit and make progress from there, urges Thomas Smit.