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Platteau Tom and Ante, the supersonic duo out of Ternat

07 Sep 2022

Unbelievable but true... every year they do it again and we are talking about the Platteau brothers Ante & Tom. Also in 2022, the competition was at some moments played from the proverbial closet to the wall. Further on in this report we have the best results of last season. Truly unique and all respect to Ante and Tom for conjuring up top results like that for decades! Class with a capital C. 

Born to win

The seeing and hearing of the many pigeons passing by in their flight out of Quièvrain is something that still gives them shivers and takes care each weekend again for goose bump moments. Their youth was coloured with pigeons. They surely didn’t get carte blanche from their parents. They had to ask more than once before they could place their first little loft of pigeons in the garden. At the age of 10 the first winged friends moved in. In the meantime both of them read a lot of books and looked over the hedge at the neighbour to see how they needed to take care of the small animals. Father and mother looked at it with Argus eyes, everything needed to be in order really well. At the start they also couldn’t take part at the races, but after even more whining with mom and dad they could give pigeons to Quièvrain. If they could clock a pigeon within the 40 minutes they could put their pigeons also on the further flights. Mom and dad were convinced that this was impossible, but that weekend the wind turned directly out of southwestern direction. Full patience they waited for their first arrival. And yes, at the horizon the 1st one arrived after 37 minutes. Big joy for Tom and Ante, mother and father weren’t that happy. But a promise is a promise and this is how the tandem started off for their career in pigeon sport. 

From that date on they search everywhere for pigeons to strengthen the loft. They got many, not all of them of the same quality, but luckily there were some that wanted really to help out the twins. This is how Tom and Ante got a couple from Hilaire van Schelvergem (Ternat) for their communion . One of these two was the ‘Hilaire’ who was a fantastic racer from the beginning on to become the base breeder of the loft afterwards. 

Many years later they moved. Both Tom and Ante found the love of their live and a new location needed to be found. They bought houses next to each other and the pigeon lofts appeared at the horizon. The twin brothers could built further on their colony. Several different strains housed on their lofts by now. Next to the above mentioned base breeder from Hilaire van Schelvergem we also find the strains from Roger Schauwers, Van Nieuwenborgh Maria, Vergotte Astere, Marcel Aelbrecht , Van Roy Geert, Herbots Gebr., Van Den Eynde Louis and Ulrich Lemmens.  Also Maarten De Mot was an important person in the building of their success, their neighbour in Wambeek who helped out in the beginning to clock the gummi’s. 
But strains and pedigrees is something the twins don’t bother much. They want results on paper. Those who don’t give results are out. A pigeon that can’t race 7 times per 10 in one season has a big problem living in Ternat. They get a full year the opportunity to proof themselves and the statistics are set. Marks are set behind the ring numbers and then a really strict selection is made. At that moment they don’t look at heritage. 
This strict selection gives results as in the meantime the Platteau pigeons prove to be worthy on the races from 50 to 500km. 
 

System
The care of the pigeons is done mutual by the brothers. Nevertheless each has its specific job. Tom is in charge of the motivation of the pigeons and Ante takes care of the administration and knows each pigeon by hart. Sometimes they should and swear at each other. But you just have to confirm the fantastic cooperation between the two brothers seen the fantastic results they put on paper together. They have about 25 breeding couples. Two rounds are bred. They have about 40 to 50 racing pigeons and these are both cocks and hens. About 150 youngsters are being raced and tested each year. The racing pigeons are being raced on the widowhood system and the youngsters are being raced according the sliding doors system. 
Those who know Ante and Tom know that all pigeons have to race each week. ‘Rest’ isn’t something they know. To be able to get top results on the short distance, middle distance and greater middle distance is something that needs a lot of discipline and passion. In a medical way they don’t look too far, in autumn a cure against paratyphoid and beside that they only cure when necessary. Against tricho they cure every three weeks. Both for food and side products they use Paloma. 
The many references proof that the pigeons from Ante and Tom have good genes. Pigeons that are being pushed to the limit by these two passionate fanciers with marvellous result as consequence. And as mentioned before…they don’t like paper pigeons, pigeons with pedigrees are less important. They only look at the result. This is why they are an asset to each loft as they have the qualities to deliver top results from Quièvrain to Argenton. 

Results 2022

 16/4 : 
453 oude Noyon : 1-2-3-7-8-9-16-19-22-23-24-25-29-30-31-32-33-36-36-38-39-48-49....(35/64)
278 jaarse Noyon : 1-2-8-9-13-14-15-16-18-19-20-29-….(17/36)

23/4 : 
762 oude Noyon : 1-2-5-6-7-8-9-12-20-22-24-25-26-28-45-46-46-46-46-61-68-68-78-79-80-83-(41/71)
428 jaarse Noyon : 1-2-3-4-9-10-11-19-27-31-45-46-….(20/41)

30/4 : 
271 oude Noyon : 1-2-3-3-5-6-9-14-19-26-27-33-….(16/25)
159 Noyon  : 1-2-3-3-5-6-13-18-….(10/13)

7/5 : 
465 jaarse Sermaises : 2-3-10-17-18-19-20-21-24-25-33-37-46-48-….(23/41)

14/5: 
369 oude Noyon : 1-2-3-5-6-8-11-12-13-16-17-29-34-44-45-46-52-54-…(22/25)
215 jaarse  Noyon: 1-3-5-7-8-9-18-22-…(10/11)
449 jaarse Sermaises : 3-5-6-12-15-18-24-25-,,,,(18/24)
468jaarse Salbris  : 1-2-,,,(5/6)
770 oude Noyon : 1-2-4-9-10-15-19-20-22-29-33-,,,,(22/25)

21/5 :
253 oude Noyon : 1-2-4-5-6-12-22-23-24-,,,,,(17/22)
357 oude Vierzon : 1-2-16-,,,(7/8)

28/5 :
224 oude Noyon : 1-3-4-7-9-14-17-21-24-26-,,,,, (16/21)
301 oude Bourges : 2-3-4-10-15-,,,,(9/10)

4/6 : 
102 oude Noyon : 1-2-3-4-5-7-9-10-11-,,,(15/21)
215 oude Argenton : 1-4-5-10-19-21-23-28-,,,(8/10)
499 oude Noyon : 1-2-4-5-6-16-29-30-30-,,,,(15/21)
307 jaarse Noyon : 1-2-17-18-19-,,,(8/9)

11/6 : 
124 oude Noyon : 1-2-4-7-8-10-13-14-18-19-20-21-,,,(19/34)
201 oude Sermaises : 1-4-5-5-7-9-12-13-15-18-21-,,,(18/25)
99 jaarse Sermaises : 1-2-3-4-6-8-11-,,,,(9/11)

2/7: 
141 oude Noyon : 1-3-5-6-7-8-9-10-12-13-16-17-,,,,(19/23)
466 jonge Noyon : 1-3-5-8-10-11-14-15-15-18-19-22-27-29-30-30-32-35-41-42-43-44-45-,,,,(49/86)
103 oude Sermaises : 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-11-14-15-16-,,,(18/22)
51 jaarse Sermaises : 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-,,,(10/13)
167 jongen Noyon : 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-17-18-19-20-21-,,,(36/67)
1195 jonge Noyon : 1-4-7-11-14-15-20-22-22-28-29-35-48-51-52-52-58--,,,,(65/86)

9/7 : 
115 oude Noyon : 1-3-4—6-7-7-9-10-11-13-14-15-16-18-,,,(18/24)
346 jonge Noyon : 1-2-3-4-5-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-20-21-23-24-26-27-28-29-30-31-33-,,,(57/88)
103 oude Sermaises : 2-3-4-5-7-8-9-10-11-12-15-16-17-18-19-20-21-(23/28)
167 jonge Noyon  : 1-2-3-4-5-6-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-21-24-26-27-28-29-,,,(44/64)
149 jaarse Noyon : 1-3-4-9-10-12-13-,,,,(9/11)
1081 jonge Noyon : 1-2-3-4-5-8-9-10-11-12-14-15-16-17-18-20-21-22-23-24-33-35-38-41-43-45-46-48-,,,(68/88)

16/7:  
85 oude Noyon : 1-2-3-4-5-6-11-14-15-,,,,
385 jonge Noyon : 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-10-13-14-15-16-18-19-21-22-23-24-26-29-30-31-32-34-36-37-39-40-41-42-,,,,(56/82)
141 jonge Noyon : 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-18-19-20-21-,,,,(42/67)
2448 jonge Noyon : 1-2-3-4-6-6-8-13-14-15-16-23-30-31-35-37-43-45-46-59-,,,,,,(54/67)
1242 jonge Noyon : 1-4-6-7-8-9-10-11-15-20-21-22-23-25-26-29-30-31-33-37-48-50-52-54-60-,,,,(69/82)

23/7 : 
72 oude Noyon : 1-2-3-8 ,,,
332 jonge Noyon : 2-3-4-4-4-9-10-11-12-14-17-20-21-23-25-26-27-30-33-37-38-40-43-44-48-53-56-58-59-,,,,,(34/53)
38 oude Sermaises : 1-2-3-5-6-7-8- ,,,
511 jonge Noyon : 1-2-3-7-14-27-,,,,(15/21)
229 jonge : 1-2-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-17-,,,,,,(24/29)
2148 jonge Noyon : 1-5-25-43-60-61-70-71-73-90-92-102- (19/29)

30/7 : 
48 oude Noyon : 1-2-3-4-5-6-6-,,,
277 jonge : 1-2-5-6-7-8-9-10-1316-17-18-19-20-23-25-28-29-,,,,(36/49)
69 jonge Noyon : 1-2-3-11-13-,,,(5/7)
1914 jonge Noyon : 2-9-15-50-,,(5/7)

6/8 : 
290 jonge Noyon : 1-2-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-20-22-24-25-26-27-28-29-30-31-,,,,,(46/58)
658 jonge Noyon : 2-4-5-6-9-10-12-18-21-27-36-53-56-,,,(21/24)

13/8 : 
225 jonge : 1-3-4-8-10-12-19-21-24-28-,,,,(14/18)
88 jonge Noyon : 1-2-4-5-9-,,,(8/9)

21/8 : 
130 jonge Noyon : 1-2-5-6-10-13-17-18-19-20-(11/11)