News and Updates
MONDAY, SEPT. 07,2020

    There are 66 participants in the Master Breeder Award. I checked my phone and email and home message board. If I have missed any one, I am sorry but it is too late now. 

                     Prizes.    First                 3,300.00

                                  Second             1,000.00

                                  Third                1,000.00

                                  Fourth              1,000.00

                                  Fifth                   300.00

     There are 386 birds in the loft tonight. Depending on the weather, the birds will go again tomorrow, 10 KM.. The clock will be on. Topigeon is upgrading their server and they tell me my problems should be solved. Today, all the birds in the loft flew for a half hour in the morning and for forty-five minutes in the afternoon. Ninety-nine percent now fly with the flock.



   The Master Breeder Award is simple to enter. Just pick who you think will be your best bird on your team{s} and send us the number and 100.00 per bird and we will post it on our web site. When we fly the 340 mile race, the first nominated bird through the trap wins half the money. The following birds win 1000 cheques untill the funds are gone. If 100 birds are entered, 1st is 5000 and there are 5 more prizes of 1000 each. Make your pick now and send it in before we start racing! As a bonus, the Bedard family has donated an awsome prize for first and Bernie has donated a young bird from his stock loft that will be raffled off to those who participate in the Breeders Award.


Jim Phelan and Keith Cake                     AU 20 ARPU 78922 BB

Maria Do Valle                                         CU 20 YRI 3107 BB

Joe Splinter                                             CU 20 5716 BB                                    

Team Portugal                                        CU 20 9043 LBC

 Teixeira Loft    Team 1                          CU 20 2723 SLVR

                                 Team 2                          PT 20 58301 BC

V & V Loft         Team 1                         WPG 20 2017 SLVR

                         Team 2                         WPG 20 2063 BB

St Am Loft                                             CU 20 1502 BC

Three Kings Loft                                   CU 20 7050 BB

K&C Moore                                            CU 20 KCM 20207 BB

Lucky 7                                                 CU 20 1010 PEN

Guido Madrusan  Pigeonempire.com   CU 20 5533 BB

Pigeonempire.com  B&B                       CU 20 5541 BC

The Grootjans Team                            CU 20 1007 BBPD 

Les Deux Suzannes                             CU 20 1011 PEN PD

Weekend at Bernies                            CU 20 1001 BB

A Tanaka                                              CU 20 8492 BCWF

Matt Long                                             AU 20 ARPU 60584 BB

 Granby Loft                                         CU 20 1467 SLVR

Milandrez Team                                   SK 20 0777 793 BC

 Castleguard Loft                                 AU 20 ARPU 39207 BC

Sunshine Syndicate                             AU 20 ARPU 39209 BCPD

Skyview Loft              Team 1              CU 20 10087 BC

                                   Team 2              CU 20 10072 BB

Jack's Fire Loft          Team 1              CU 20 8522 BC

                                   Team 3              CU 20 8536 BC

                                   Team 4              CU 20 8532 BB

                                   Team 5              CU 20 8510 BB

3 Legged Loft                                      CU 20 NR 0154  SLVR

Brothers Loft 2                                  CU 20 NR 0106 BB  

Matthew Vaccaro                               CU 20 8724 SLVR

Can-Am Syndicate                             AU 20 CNAM 2009 BB                                    

 Roy's Boy's                                          CU 20 FLAM 910 DCPD

4 C  Loft                      Team 1              CU 20 REG 0014 BC

                                    Team 2             CU 20 REG 0019 BCWF

Appi's Loft                                           CU 20 APPI 20007 BB

JKL Loft                                                CU 20 JKL 0036 BB

Neromi Army               Team 1             CU 20 1886 BLCK

                                     Team 2             AU 20 ARPU 57213 BC

BFL                               Team 2             CU 20 BFL 0004 BB

Luc Bazinet                                           CU 20 16105 BB

Klaus W Petzold                                   CU 20 0702 BC

Michael & Guido                                   PH 20 PH 20105 BC

D  & D Loft                                           CU 20 LAVL 20316 BB

FCQ                                                      CU 20 LAVL 20394 BB

BDS Lofts                                            CU 20 DUHR 529 BB

Calgary Boys                                       CU 20 8120 SLVR

We Three Be                                        IF 20 LCM 2464 BB

John & Mark                                        AU 20 ARPU 29308 PEN

Adirondack Team                                AU 20 AA 4412 BB

High Octane                                        AU 20 AA 4451 BB

Wilk Loft                                             CU 20 LAVL 20103 BB

Chicady                                               AU 20 ARPU 57244 BBPD

J&D Loft                                             AU 20 ARPU 57239 DC

Dutch Touch OLR    Team # 1           CU 20 OL 3683 BB

                                Team # 2           CU 20 OL 3713 BC

Seal Team 6                                       CU 20 1023 BB

Flying K9S                                         AU 20 K9S 0219 BB

Dyck Loft            Team # 1            CU 20 8648 BB

                            Team # 2            CU 20 8656 BBPD

Walt and Dan Gregoruk                 CU 20 TBAY 0225 Red

Silver Wolf                                     CU 20 13119 SLVR

Mazda                                             AU 20 ARPU 57212 GRIZ

 Bluesky Loft    Team 3                  CU 20 YRI 2728 BC 

                         Team 2                 CU 20 YRI 2705 BC          


Check often. We will update here daily





FRIDAY 2020-08-07

   All the birds now have their e-bands. There are 417 participants. The birds handled well. Most are on their 6th flight with a couple on seven and a few only on number five. We have placed the settling cage back on the landing board, also their bath tub. While they bathe, they can re-connect with the counry side from up high. The clocking system has been checked out and we feel confident all systems are go for the release of the birds on the 16th. 

   We are having the Master Breeder award this year. Bernie has already bought his yearly award plus has decided to have a raffle for a youngster off his breeders for those who participate in the Master Breeder award. Pick a bird and send the number along with a cheque for $ 100 to the Salem Special to enter, today. We will post a list of those who are participating starting this Sunday. 


FRIDAY 2020-07-31

    The tentative date for the removal of our lock down is August 16, 2020.  A new chapter will finally begin. The birds are in excellent shape and we look forward to getting them out and up the road. On the Monday coming up, the birds will get their electronic bands. 

    I have made the odd error while writting the refund checks. Please check yours carefully and let me know asap if I have made one on your cheque. It would be good to sort this out sooner than later. Once I am busy with the birds, all other projects go out the window. I can only do one thing at a time.

   I have been informed that CFIA has found lofts that had issues and may very well be the source of our problems. These issues were brought to the forfront by concerned fanciers. I thank those who had the courage to help. 



  The birds are doing well. So far so good. None show any signs of PMV. Time is now moving quickly and shortly our quarentine will be over. We will be putting the ebands on in the next week and scanning them into the program in preparation for their release.

  All the refund cheques have been completed and taken to the post office for todays pickup. We have also mailed out revised invoices for those of you who have not yet paid. Please remit before we start training. Thank you.



   As of July 22, 136 refund checks have been mailed. Rick


     Sorry for not writing sooner. So many of you call, I forget to keep the rest informed. I have also been busy filling promises made to my extended family and with the lock down, this was the perfect time to help them. What I hadn't thought of was the amount of driving time needed going back and forth to Toronto and area. Five hours on the road everyday is a killer and when I get home all I want to do is sleep. 

     The birds are doing well. Linda will do a video today and we'll put it on the facebook site. Before the birds can be released, we have to have 60 days of no deaths. Nothing has died since June 17 when I cleaned house. I have not been told officially when the release date is but one of the vets accidentally reminded me that we were at the halfway point last Friday. That would make the release of the birds about August 20, give or take a few days.

     When they are released, I have to clean and I don't mean just clean. The place has to be torn apart. The floors have to be removed and replaced and every spot has to foamed with a cleaning agent, scrubed, power rinsed and then sprayed with Virkon. Between each step, everything has to dry. The manure will be buried and all equipment on site will have to be disinfected before it leaves the property. That includes us I think. 

     Before this happens I have asked that the birds be allowed to leave the loft and have open hole for a few days to re-establish where home is. After this, they will have to spend a couple of days in our trailer. When all is said and done, we will release them at the edge of the property and then beging the season.

    Sending out the checks has been a slow process. Checking when each person paid, what they paid and then checking what is left takes a bit longer than I thought it would. Over 75 have been sent out. We have been a bit tardy but we'll try to complete this task this week. 



   The Canadian Food Inspection Agency are in the process of contacting all fanciers who entered the Salem Special race series. They have asked that I speak to you as to what their agenda is. Not very many of you are willing to provide them with straight answers. I think you are afraid that you to will be shut down if PMV is found in your loft. You might be but that is a small price to pay for stopping something that can be so devastating to so many.

   They are not searching to destroy, they are searching to help stop PMV and restore the health of your birds. Even if you haven't had PMV but another problem is ruining your breeding and racing program, they will test your birds{ for free} and help find a solution. If you had a problem in the winter or spring, tell them. So far the only answers they have heard are my birds are healthy. Your problems in the last year or two are important to not only them but for all of us. Someone has PMV and passed it along. The symptoms vary and mimic other diseases so chances are you don't know you have it. For my sake, other one loft owners sake, your fellow fanciers sake and for your own sake please answer the questions from CFIA with the long answer, not the short.



    The birds are doing well. There haven't been any sign of sickness for the last while and the birds are strong and healthy. None have died for 2 weeks. When we get the OK to release the birds { sometime in August} we will, after a short time of loft flying, train the birds out quickly so we can have three races. There are 417 birds in the loft. Depending on the weather for the distances, we will have a short [100-150] race, middle distance [200-250] race and a long [300 to 350] mile race. 

     Payout for the short race will be 1st - free entry to next years race, 2nd to 5th, free perch fees to next years race.

     Payout for the middle distance race will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd -free entry to next years race. 4th to 10th, free perch fees to next years race.

    Payout for the long race is 1st   10,000 -   2nd  7,000 -   3rd   5,000 -   4th   3,000 -  5th  2,500 -  6th  &  7th   2,000 each - 8th, 9th & 10th  1,500 each - 11th, 12th, 13th & 14th   1,250 each - 15th thru 20th   1,000  each.

    Best bird over three races wins 1,000.00



     Inventory was taken on Friday as the birds were needled for PMV. The new list did not match what we had on the computor. We have spent the last couple of days cross checking the birds and we have found that the missing birds were part of the group removed last week but they were not registered on the bird list. We will complete our audit and have the full list up soon. Rick

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