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02 Jun 07:30
Limoges I | 2018 15713
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CARO JEAN-MARC  - VERVIERS

1st NATIONAL LIMOGES 15,713 OLD BIRDS

Velocity:  1268,26 m/m
Distance: 658km

Lambermont: When the 15,763 Limoges racers were being released at 07u30, it was a big guess for everybody to know in which part of Belgium the national top was going to be.  The first 250 to 300km there was east/north east wind and from Paris on there was a south-west/west wind. When we analyse the result now we can state that there were early pigeons in every part of the country. In the top 10 there are pigeons out of 6 different provinces from the province of Liege onto the province of West-Flanders.

Being able to visit the national Limoges winner we needed to drive direction the province of Liege, to Lambermont to be exact (in the neighbourhood of the more known Verviers). In the Rue de Tribomont you can find the house of the brothers Jean-Marc and Alain Caro. At the courtyard of the parental farm they practice pigeon sport and when we ask if they had expected the national winner in their area they both said ‘no’. Jean-Marc explains :’honestly…we weren’t even awaiting our pigeons when our first Limoges races registered. My brother Alain passed just that instant with his tractor when he something going into to the widow cocks loft as a lightning. We felt immediately that this was going to be a very early one…we could never expect that it would be the 1st National.’ 

FATHER MARCEL

The name Caro isn’t a strange name within pigeon sport. They have a very strong long distance colony which everybody always have to take into account when competing against them. In 1996 they represented Belgium on the Olympiad in Lièvin with “L’Olympiade” (B96-1008157). In 2009 their “Best Of Europe” (B05-1048372) won 1st National Souillac 7,312b. and became also 1st national ace bird Long distance KBDB 2008. In 2009 they won 1st National Montauban against 7,203b with “B06-1058428” and now the 1st National Limoges against 15,763b.. Results that count !

The base of the colony Caro was built by late father Marcel. The above mentioned top pigeons were never sold and form the base of the current colony. After their father passed away they raced for a while under the name ‘Veuve Caro Marcel’ but the last 2 seasons the name ‘Caro Jean-Marc’ can be found on the list. The brothers Caro have full confidence in their colony and seldom a pigeon is being added to it. It has been since 2008 that they brought in the last time a new addition to their breeding loft namely a De Rauw-Sablon hen. She got a box on the breeding loft and it was a hit in the rose directly.

A LOT OF BREEDING – A LOT OF RACING AND SELECT HARD

The method that the family Caro follow isn’t something you can write a book about. Pigeon sport is being kept very simple over here and we have the impression that they only have one rule namely breed a lot, race a lot and select as hard as possible.
They started the season of 2018 with a group of 140 widow cocks (divided over 7 lofts whereof 54 old cocks), about 20 hens, 40 breeding couples and 300 youngsters.

  1. The widow cocks were being coupled on the 6th of February, could race a youngster and then the widowhood was a fact.
  2. During the first weekend of April the widow cocks went to Chimay (120km)
  3. The hens are never shown at the beginning of the season before basketing. For basketing Limoges they could see their hen for the first time. Maybe the motivation for the national victory was created here.
  4. The widow cocks can train free…meaning during 1h to 1h15 they can go either outside or inside. No obliged training.
  5. Feeding isn’t an art at all. On the menu they have a 4-season mixture. The cocks are being fed in a common feeding tray bit by bit. When a bit of mixture remains in the tray they stop feeding them.
  6. In a medical way there is the obliged vaccination against paramyxo and all the racers get during the breeding a cure against trichomoniases. Afterwards they don’t give anything against trichomoniases nor against ornithes.

TWO NEST BROTHERS IN THE TOP-10 NATIONAL LIMOGES

The star of the former weekend was off course the “B16-1146002”. He left all 15,763 Limoges races behind, was clocked at 16h09minutes with a speed of 1,268.18 m/m. A striking fact…his nest brother “B16-1146001” was clocked at 16h27 with a speed of 1,223.43 m/m and ends on the 10th National Limoges ! Both cocks have as pedigree :

Father :  1045135-11, - 1st Ace Herbots ranking LD (5 races ) - 1 Prov Ace Lg Hesb (6 prizes)
2011 : 8x prize with ao. 4 Philippeville 218b - 12 Epernay 111b
2012 : 10x prize with ao. 45 Nevers 761b - 173 Nat Libourne 7,957b - 2 Limoges 1,054b
2013 : 10x prize with ao. 131 Nat Limoges 14,271b - 511 Nat Cahors 8,570b - 58 Libourne 1,945b - 29 Souillac 1,388b - 145 Nat Tulle 7,350b
2014 : 8x prize with ao. 210 Cahors 2,667b - 225 Limoges 5,228b - 151 Nevers 2,313b
2015 : 8x prize with ao. 22 Limoges 605b - 10 Montauban 417b - 19 Jarnac 458b - 21 Libourne 471b.

Gr.F. : 1013459-07, “Europa Cup” 1 Ace bird LD Belgium Dortmund’10 – top racer and breeder, super palmaris : 1 Brive 539b - 84/6,567b - 1 Limoges 99b (53/2,429b) - 85 Nat Limoges 16,012 b - 1 Cahors 423b (22/2,896b) - 1 Souillac 222b (9 NAT 7,597b)

Gr.M. :  1054623-08, Daughter ‘Best of Europe’ who was 1 National Ace bird LD KBDB x ‘613-06, ‘De Rauw-Sablon’ top breeding hen

Mother : 1032999-11, daughter ‘de Montauban’

Gr.F. : 1058428-06, ‘De Montauban’, 1 NAT Montauban’09 – 7,203 b - 9 Brive 539b - 23 Bordeaux 1,038b – father of ‘372-10’ ( 1 Nat C Limoges 2,830b) – father of ‘100-11’ ( 3 Nat 14,271b)
Gr.M : 1013085-08, Daughter top couple – out of ‘060-01’, father of 81, 82, 094 … x the ‘613-06’, top breeding hen ‘De Rauw-Sablon’

15 PRIZES OUT OF THE 18 PIGEONS NATIONAL

On Limoges Jean-Marc and Alain basketed 18 pigeons. On the national list (prizes per 4) 15 of them have placed their ring number on the results list. Speaking of a top result:

15,763 old: 1-10-15-113-116-199-286-695-802-1,557-1,715-2,287-2,711-3,051-3,375 !

Jean-Marc and Alain…the entire Herbots team likes to wish you a big congratulation and lots of success in the future !

 

Stefan Mertens

B16-1146002: 1st NATIONAL LIMOGES 15,713 OLD BIRDS

 

B16-1146001 : 11th  NATIONAL LIMOGES 15,713 OLD BIRDS
NEST-BROTHER OF 1st NATIONAL WINNER

B15-1141544 : 15th NATIONAL LIMOGES 15,703 OLD BIRDS

Stefan Mertens

 

Number of pigeons

15713

LIMOGES-02-06-2018        
           
Local Oude/Vieux Jaar./Year. Jong./Jeunes Tota(al)  
Vlaams Brabant          
GOOIK 239     239  
BEERSEL 151     151  
KAP,O/D BOS 121     121  
ANDERLECHT 166     166  
HERENT 319     319  
TIENEN 349     349  
TESTELT 153     153  
  1498 0 0 1498  
           
Brabant Wallon          
CHASTRE 47     47  
NIVELLES 81     81  
RAMILIES 280     280  
WAVRE 50     50  
  458 0 0 458  
           
Antwerpen          
WIJNEGEM 95     95  
BEVEL 76     76  
STABROEK 57     57  
OUD-TURNHOUT 130     130  
HERENTALS 109     109  
RETIE 71     71  
HOUTVENNE 97     97  
MOL 122     122  
BEERSE 65     65  
SINT-JOB-IN-'T GOOR 307     307  
MECHELEN 103     103  
SCHILDE 112     112  
  1344 0 0 1344  
Local Oude/Vieux Jaar./Year. Jong./Jeunes Tota(al)  
West-Vlaanderen          
STEENBRUGGE 558     558  
AVELGEM 135     135  
ROESELARE 435     435  
GISTEL 362     362  
KORTRIJK 401     401  
REKKEM 311     311  
VLAMERTINGE 404     404  
WAREGEM 291     291  
WINGENE 289     289  
KORTEMARK 759     759  
  3945 0 0 3945  
Oost-Vlaanderen          
AALST 322     322  
DENDERMONDE 116     116  
NINOVE 338     338  
LOKEREN 304     304  
SINT-GILLIS-WAAS 191     191  
ZOTTEGEM 472     472  
EEKLO 786     786  
MOERBEKE 485     485  
GENT 249     249  
RONSE 284     284  
  3547 0 0 3547  
Limburg          
SINT-LAMBRECHTS-HERK 277     277  
MAASEIK 176     176  
ST TRUIDEN 172     172  
TONGEREN 331     331  
ZONHOVEN 273     273  
LANAKEN 193     193  
  1422 0 0 1422  
           
Local Oude/Vieux Jaar./Year. Jong./Jeunes Tota(al)  
Hainaut          
LESSINES 282     282  
SOIGNIES 253     253  
ATH 240     240  
ESTINNES-AU-VAL 432     432  
TOURNAI 375     375  
LEUZE-EN-HAINAUT 365     365  
PONT-A-CELLES 343     343  
MARCHE-LES-ECAUSSINES 68     68  
FROIDCHAPELLE 132     132  
MARBAIX-LA-TOUR 46     46  
GIVRY 137     137  
  2673 0 0 2673  
Namur          
COUVIN 115     115  
HASTIERE 47     47  
FALISOLLE 85     85  
  247 0 0 247  
Liege          
LIEGE 90     90  
VISE 58     58  
HERVE 285     285  
HANEFFE 95     95  
  528 0 0 528  
Luxembourg          
ARLON 51     51  
  51 0 0 51  
           
           
TOTAL 15713 0 0 15713  
           
EN /IN 2011  19373          
EN /IN 2012 13781          
EN /IN 2013 14271          
EN /IN 2014 18390          
EN/IN 2015 15009          
EN/IN2016 13513          
EN/IN2017 14924