News and Updates
Mar-30-2020
GOOD NEWS

Good afternoon everyone,

Dale Zehr just informed me that he can ship your birds into Canada. If you have your birds ready to go (we don't mind them a bit younger) please ship by Wednesday. Dale plans to cross early next week. Please contact Dale to let him know you are shipping or if you have questions, or send me an email. THANK YOU.  Ship birds to:

DALE ZEHR

10632 JACKSON LANE

CARTHAGE, NY

13619

315-771-9081

Mar-22-2020
IMPORTANT NOTICE

Hi everyone,

I am sure everyone is aware what is going on in the world at this time. Unfortunately this affects our sport as well, there are questions whether we will race old birds and shipping to OLRs. As of Friday we could still bring birds across the border to the US and we plan on (hope to) bring birds across for the Hoosier Mar. 31 or Apr. 01. (Someone posted that the border did not allow it anymore is not true) However things change daily so there is a possibility that it may close at any time.

With this uncertainty we ask that the US fanciers do not ship birds to Dale at this time. We still have a couple of months to work with and hope it all gets better sooner than later.

We are planning on doing our pick-up as usual Sunday Mar. 29, at this time we will pick up birds for Dutch Touch and possibly the Hoosier race. We will post places and times in the next couple of days.

At this we can not ship to S. Africa nor Thailand but there is still lots of time, for S. Africa near the end of May and Pattaya, Thailand near the end of July.

These are uncertain times and we are lucky to have a hobby at home with pigeons, this gives us something fun to do and keep us sane. 

All the best to everyone and stay safe !!

Linda & Oscar

Mar-16-2020
CORONAVIRUS

Hi all,

At this time we can not ship to Thailand or S. Africa as some airlines (ones we use) have put a total embargo on all live animals shipments as of today. Please do not ship any birds to us for these 2 races at this time. We will undate you if there are any changes. With S. Africa we have till the end of May and with Pattaya, Thailand till end July to get birds ship there. Hopefully things will cool down by then and we can still get your birds to these great races.

At this time we still can bring birds to the US but we would have to self isolate for 14 days on return. We will keep everyone posted on developments whether we will do a shipment or not.

Dutch Touch birds are not effected by this at this time.

Mar-14-2020
THE START

Hi everyone,

Next weekend is the start of accepting birds for our 5th season. Keep in mind that the format has changed. Please contact us if you are dropping off or shipping your birds so we are ready for them. For our US friends, please contact Dale Zehr before shipping them to make sure he knows who is shipping and when. His contact information is on our site (at bottom of the rules section) but here it is to make it easy. This also applies to shipping your Pattaya, Thailand birds to him, please give him a heads up and clearly mark things on the box or letter in the box.

Dale Zehr, text (1) 315-771-9081, email zehrsloft@yahoo.com

We are looking forward to a great and challenging season. If you want your birds thoroughly tested, this is the race to be in. They are flown on the darkening system so they will all be equal feather wise and have equal chances.

 

Best of luck,

Linda & Oscar

Oct-04-2019
400M/645KM SPECIAL

Hi everyone,

The weather looks mainly sunny all the way for tomorrow and it should be a very good 400/645. We just finished shipping the birds and they appear to be in very good condition.

Prizes will be:

5404, 4053, 2702 & 1351

As advertised this year, first drop rule applies.

Best of luck to everyone.

Sep-26-2019
400 LD SPECIAL

Hi everyone,

The 400 mile/645km race will be flown, we will start training in the next few days and if you are interested in entering, please let us know asap so that we can put those birds in the group that is loft flown and trained.

Thank you

Sep-25-2019

Hello everyone,

Congratulations to Richard Ridder and his whole family who were in attendance when their pigeon "Riel Glory" arrived on her own after 8 hours and 20 minutes of flying. This phenominal pigeon also won 1st Ace pigeon and was 1st or on 1st drop in all 4 races, just a fantastic performance !! Congratulations on all other day birds and even 2nd day birds, any bird that was on the day did an outstanding job and are certainly worth putting in your breeding loft in my opinion.

The race turned out a lot tougher than most expected. There were 3 combines/federations racing on the same day from same direction (not on our line) and they had very similar results as us with low speeds and limited day birds, many had no day birds and these were experienced, well conditioned pigeons that had been to many races already (near end of the season).

We will do an inventory tomorrow. From there we need to know who is interested in racing the 400 ? We would need to have at least somewhere around 30 pigeons entered to make a go of it. Many have already told me that they would like to get their bird(s) back. With that said, I will be at the Oshawa Gold Bond shipping Thursday evening Sep. 26th, if you are going there or want to meet me there I can take your bird(s) with us. For South Western Ontario, Nick Oud is coming here the weekend of Oct. 19th/20th and will take your bird(s) back with him for anyone further West. For the US pigeons, we will be mailing those out on Monday Oct. 14th. Some have told us they do not want their birds back. With those we have 2 options, we will donate those to beginners or we can race them in old birds in our club/combine. This has to be the breeders decision.

Please send us an email tomorrow after the inventory is up with what you would like to do. E-mail: dutchtoucholr@gmail.com

We would like to really thank everyone for their support this season, it has been a very difficult & stressful year to say the least. We will make some changes for next year and are counting on a much better 2020 season. We will post/advertise that in the near future.

 

Thank you,

Linda & Oscar

Sep-21-2019
MAIN RACE

Good morning everyone,

The race is ON, the birds were released at 08:00, mainly sunny skies with a light headwind (6-9k/h or 4-6m/h) They will encounter a headwind all the way which is forecast to be between 10 & 20k/h or 6 & 12m/h. It will be warm with high temperatures of 27C feel like 33C or 81F / 91F. This should make for a fantastic race !! We expect the birds to arrive between 15:00 & 16:00.

We hand scanned the birds last night and had 1 e-ring not working. We also hand scan (official basketing) every race, if you do not do this you run the risk of having missing or lost birds clock that did not even go to the race. The birds were in outstanding condition so here is hoping for a great race, but as this year has shown here and in many other OLR lofts, you never know it seems.

The tent is set up and the meal will be served starting at 13:30. After we will do draw prizes etc and than "relax" and wait for the birds to arrive.

Best of luck to everyone !!!

Sep-18-2019
MAIN RACE ETC

Good evening everyone,

First of congratulations to the Calgary Boys with the first one through the trap. Congratulations to Calgary Boys and Bet to Win on each winning a free team entry for next year. Once again the first group of birds did fantastic and made it look easy. I was about half an hour from home when Linda called to tell me the first group was already in. Hard to believe but there are still 16 birds within 1 minute of 1st for average speed. It should be a great main race to decide the average speed winner !!

Speaking of the main event, the weather for Sunday & Monday morning shows T-storms and rain from 175-200 miles and up making it impossible to have the rave. Therefore we had to make a decision and we decided the best would be to have the main race Saturday Sep. 21. We have to decide now because changes to be made in regards to the tent and catering. I guess we should have expected this with the way this year has gone. 

Now for Saturday it looks to be a terrific working day with warm temps with highs of 28C (82F) feels like 34C (93F) and light to moderate headwinds. This should make the winning bird(s) something special and will see a real champion of the average speed as well. In my opinion, any pigeon that is within 15 or so minutes (40+ birds) has a shot at winning that title !!

That main race will be flown from where hwy 672 & 101 meet, there is nice open area North of hwy 101. It is 30 miles East of Matheson and 34 miles WSW of La Sarre. The distance is approx. 512.700km or 318.550 miles.

As we do not expect birds to arrive till after 15:00 the meal will be served at 13:30 and will have draws for prizes after.

Anyone wanting a class race sheet, please email us at dutchtoucholr@gmail.com

Sep-14-2019
RESULT PROBLEM

We are aware of a problem that happened with the result from Thursday's race. Terry Gilmore (Wincompanion) will fix it. The race file is automatically saved in the race program and it will be restored from there. It should be back to the origional by the end of the day.

Thank you.

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