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08 Jul 07:00
|Limoges II | 2017 BV-EB||9.073||
RONSIJN JO - APPELTERRE
1st NATIONAL LIMOGES 9,073b. - FASTEST OF 19,638b.
Limoges II…organized by the ‘Belgische Verstandhouding’… could bring no less than 19,638 old and yearling pigeons for the edition of 2017 towards the releasing point. Exactly 6,201 pigeon more than in 2016. Fastest of all competitors was the old widow cock from long distance champion Jo Ronsijn from Appelterre (within the neighbourhood of Ninove). The colony Ronsijn has been known for years now for their top results on the national and international races. Several times they got a top 10 result national but know it was the hit in the rose. With a speed of 1,173.18 m/m the “Zoon Cahors” (B15-4108024) beat very near the yearling Herbots – hen from Bart & Nance Van Oeckel (1,172.29 m/m).
Long distance and again long distance
As most amongst us, Jo started together with his father on the short distance races, smoothly the middle distance and the long distance races got their attention, but the origin of the current success is to be found in 2002. Jo went to grandmaster Luc Van Coppenole from Ouwegem for a round of youngsters. And it was a hit in the rose immediately, in one of these eggs was the base breeding mother of the current colony, the famous ‘Montauban-ken’. This super hen was a real unique specimen. At the moment the breeding loft exists out of 60% descendants of Luc Van Coppenolle, especially the strain of ‘Montauban-ken’. This strain is being accomplished with pigeons from pigeon friends Rufin and Luc Buyl and Hans De Rijck, where yearly several pigeons are being exchanged.
The breeding loft exists out of 19 couples, where off 7 fixed couples. These are being coupled around Christmas and make that Jo has some new potential supers.
In the beginning of the eighties, Jo went to deepen himself in the wing theory of Vanderschelden and this is still the way he selects his pigeons. They have to have wings as a vulture swallow, they can race for hundreds of kilometres in one track. If you take the pigeon in your hand and open its wing and look at it straight they have to bent inwards as much as possible. But especially the wing has to be looked at after a heavy race. After the race the pins are ‘straight” but the day afterwards they already have to bent inwards again, if not, the pigeon won’t have a long long distance career.
The racing team of 2017 exists of 22 old and 35 yearling cocks. These are being raced in a classic way. The preparation is a bit different. The year birds are being coupled to the breeders around Christmas and can raise a couple of youngsters. This way they get more attached to their box. There isn’t a spring coupling anymore. The old pigeons have to wait until the beginning of April, they can only breed for a few days. To motivate the cocks at the beginning of the season, their partner is being showed before basketing. After about 4 races, they stop doing this, from then on the cocks know the game normally. The basketing for the long distance races happens preferably as quite as possible. After the season the remaining widow cocks can have a nest to get to rest entirely but especially to get a good moulting period.
Feeding and side products
You won’t find any complicated feeding schedules during the racing season at the loft. No, simplicity rules. This is partly due to the past. When he was still working he could give the pigeons food only once a day. And as it worked out back then, Jo keeps on doing it this way. During the racing season the widow cocks get the same mixture all the time. So there isn’t any kind of recuperation mixture or extra feedings. This fixed mixture, composed by Jo himself, exist out of different kinds of sport and energy full mixtures as Premium Fond Matador - Turbo Energie Matador - Champion Versele Laga - Superstar Versele Laga - Vlucht Vanrobaeys and Brilliant Beyers.
It is indeed rather heavy food but as they (every pigeon individually) are being fed more than sufficient, the pigeons only eat what they need. This also has a positive influence on the delivered training, this is long and intense (1h30m).
To keep the entire colony in shape the entire year around, Jo uses mostly side products from Herbovet from Raf Herbots. Different side products are given to the pigeons with great satisfaction.
In the end, the medical aspect is simple. A lot of check-ups and only interact when necessary. Before the start of the season he goes to vet Raf Herbots. And again the same principle is being applied, only when necessary they interact. An advantage is that Jo can do his own check-ups. He examines the pigeons before basketing for trichomoniases and coccidiosis. If there is a positive control (read contamination ) , they consult with Raf Herbots if a treatment is necessary.
The national winner
Jo explains: “it is easy to talk afterwards, but “Zoon Cahors” showed the last few days before basketing that he was in great shape. Normally he would have been as 4th on the basketing list but I placed him on number 2.
What happened on the racing loft is something I don’t know, but he was furious with a yearling cock that housed above him. He was also the only pigeon that I couldn’t get in easily after their daily training. It was even so that I didn’t let him train on the day of basketing and on its way to the club he turned around entirely in his basket. Something he had never done before.
Jo and Marleen…congratulation on this marvellous victory !
B15-4108024 : 1st NATIONAL LIMOGES 9,073b. - FASTEST OF 19,638b.
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