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About this newsletter   by John Vance, editor

Welcome to the latest issue of the Racing Pigeon Enthusiast, This newsletter is sponsored by and it is hoped that many more issues will follow.

I will keep this intro short and sweet. You will find an article called "Things that go Bump in the Night", which deals with breeding issues we face in winter. There is an article by Mauricio Jemal, on the history of the White Janssens. You will also find an announcement about an online auction of some of Saki Becarevic's racing pigeons. Now don't miss any of this, you'll enjoy it.

If you have articles that you would like published in the newsletter please feel free to e-mail them to me. This newsletter goes out to about 950+ subscribers. The number of subscribers changes with every issue as some new subscribers sign up and others are dropped because they have changed their e-mail address and have not updated their new information in our database.

Things that go Bump in the Night   by John Vance

For those of us living north of the equator, late Fall through Mid Winter is the time of year when the nights are the longest and the days are the shortest. The further away you live from the equator, the longer the nights will be and the shorter the days. Also, the angle or height of the sun above the horizon will be lower. Now, believe it or not, the position of the sun plays an important role in the health of our birds, but I will get to that subject later in this article.

Every year I hear from fanciers that are experiencing the same problems; some of their hens that are unable to walk after laying their eggs, or they are showing signs or lameness or other mobility problems. Some complain that the egg shells are thin or rough or misformed in some way. Almost always, the suggested course of action throughout the sport is to supplement with calcium to correct these problems. However, I think the situation needs to be addressed months before it becomes a problem.

I believe, it is a management problem inadvertently brought on by the fancier. Though calcium supplementation, always seems to bring the quickest turn around to these problems with the hens, I suspect that the culprit is more often then not, a long term deficiency in....

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The History of the White Janssens   By: Mauricio Jemal

Note: Mauricio Jemal, sent an email out to some of us that explained the history of the White Janssens. I have done a small bit of rewrite and publish it now for you the readers of this newsletter. ~ I hope you enjoy it.

In 1965, I purchased a red check white flight hen, belg 58-2591200, later named "Roxana", from Piet de Weerd. I mated this hen to a pure Janssen Brothers of Arendonk blue check cock, which I had also obtained from Piet de Weerd. In the first set of youngsters, this pair produced an almost completely white cock, with a trace of red.

To me this came as a complete surprise, as the Janssens are known to have no white in their breeding. So, how could this possibly happen? I raised several rounds from this mating. Two of the youngsters, a red check cock and a black check wft. hen, were mated together, This brother / sister mating produced, no whites, but one red check wft cock off of this pairing, Mex 67-3295 became the producer of what were soon to be known as the White Janssens

I got some offspring from this cock that were completely white. Piet de Weerd graded several of these whites, with maximum gradings. I should mention that whites were not exactly of my preference at the time. Sure wish I had them now though.

Anyway, in 1978, I gifted to Fred Wimberley of Fort Worth, Texas, a red check wft hen Mex 75-813, off of the Mex 67-3295 cock. Fred has several birds that I had gifted to him earlier, Among them was the "16" cock, (straight Jemal breeding) that originated the Mexico Janssens, in Texas, the rest were, of my breeding majorly, with a few exceptions. This particular hen (Mex 75-813) was not a straight Janssen, as she contained 3/8's blood of the red check white flight hen, belg 58-2591200, named "Roxana", who is the "detonator", that is to say the key, to the "whites". Mex 75-813, mated to whatever, other Mexico Janssen, is the originator of what are called the white Mexico Janssens, in the USA.

Now, for what I believe to be, the most interesting part. What bloodlines were in the red check white flight hen, belg 58-2591200? For those that are in the know, there was a bird, the greatest Barcelona International winner ever. in 1962, this bird placed 1st International Barcelona, winning by a margin of 30 minutes. 1963, again this bird won 1st International Barcelona by a margin of one hour and thirty minutes. This bird, bred by Adelin Demaret of Ottignies, Belgium, became know as "The Vale Barcelona", Without a question, the absolute greatest of all Barcelona winners, The "Vale Barcelona", was sold for a world record price.

Belg 58-2591200 was also purchased at a world record price for a hen. She was, a full sister, to the "Vale Barcelona".

Hope this may serve, as part of the racing pigeon history. Nobody in the U.S. until now knew this story. Not even, in Texas. Saludos to all.

Mauricio Jemal
Uruapan, Michoacan

NOTE by John Vance:

In doing research on the 2 x 1st Barcelona International winner, "Vale Barcelona", I find that he was mostly of the Bricoux bloodlines. "Vale Barcelona", was what we call a Silver colored pigeon, and the silver Bricoux pigeons trace back to Nestor Tremmery who purchased his birds from Bricoux in the late 1920's. Tremmery was one of the top flyers in Europe during those days, a contemporary of Vandevelde, Gurnay, Blondeel, Dr. Bricoux, and Stassaert. He sold out his loft on December 18th, 1938 after having won "Champion of Europe " in the 1938 Olympiad with his great seven year old race winner "Fijnen".

Saki Becarevic Online Auction   By: John Vance

Saki Becarevic, one of best, if not the most outstanding flyer in the USA, will be offering birds on the RacingPigeonMall Auction site over the next couple of weeks. His birds have won hundreds of thousands of dollars for him and others who fly his birds in the big money races. It is very hard to purchase his stock because of the great demand, both in his local area and all across the USA. However, here is your chance to pick up one or several of Saki's birds. Don't miss this great opportunity!!!!

Also on the auction are several of Ed Schmierer's birds down from his Snowbird bloodlines that won over 235k.

To view Saki's birds and Ed's birds, go to:

AWOL Futurity Race Series  

There is a great new Futurity race series hosted by the AWOL club of Orange County, California. The club had such success hosting birds for the 2006 AU Convention, that they have started a new Futurity style race series for 2007. The race series included three races two week apart and has an average speed component, as well. If you are looking for a big money race where the participating lofts are close together, this is the race for you.

To read the AWOl Futurity Race Series and several other money races, go to the Futurity Index at:

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