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Skilful pigeon breeding

It is crucial to mate super breeders to super racers in order to preserve a gene pool, writes Thomas Smit.

The 365-day capsule

Caring for racing pigeons is a year-round activity. One cannot start nursing ill birds just before the season opens, says Thomas Smit.

The Painter Putteries

Few other pigeon families have managed to equal the impact of these birds in South Africa, says Thomas Smit.

Champion racers

Free State pigeon fanciers Jaap and Japie Pretorius had an amazing season last year. Thomas Smit reports.

Pigeon Fancier – Steven Fouché

West Rand pigeon fancier Steven Fouché’s dedication to pigeon racing has made him a force to be reckoned with on the scorecard. Thomas Smit reviews his achievements.

Let’s hear it for the ladies, ‘super hens’

When it comes to breeding, there’s nothing like a top quality cock. But don’t forget the hens, says Thomas Smit.

SAMDPR final results

The final race of the 17th SA Million Dollar Pigeon Race saw results based on the quality and fitness of the top pigeons on the day, says Thomas Smit.

SA Million Dollar Pigeon Race

The SA Million Dollar Pigeon Race (SAMDPR) is about more than just pigeons. In the words of race director and founder Zandy Meyer: “It’s a meeting place for bakers and...

Doing SA proud

The name may have changed, but the competition is as fierce as ever and the prizes remain mouth-watering, says Thomas Smit.

Winning lines

Champion fancier Ben van Greunen discusses his career with Thomas Smit, and shares some tips.

Lessons from a champion

With champion racer Koert Grobler having retired from the sport – for now – it’s an apt time to review his achievements and see what advice he has for us,...

Swallowing the ‘365 pill’

The pigeon racing off-season might be a time for rest, but that doesn’t mean you must neglect your birds, cautions Thomas Smit.


Managing for profit by Peter Hughes

Yield and quality determine profits, nothing else!

Costs under your control such as yield and product quality are what determine farming success. Don’t waste time on costs you cannot influence or control.

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