255 birds in the loft with 342 signed up ~~! All is well in the heat - birds are doing great and so much easier to manage healthwise with zero humidity.
We have 3 more weeks until July 15th for accepting birds. Looks like we will hit our target of 300+ for the 2017 Arizona Classic Derby. It's not too late to get in on the action with FOUR (4) 350 miles races in November in some of the best weather in the USA. If you have great birds - here is an opportunity to test them in Arizona country against the who's who in pigeon racing ~!!
AU Convention Friday Nov 17 (358 miles to Irish Syndicate),
Arizona Classic Derby 350 mile Final on Sunday Nov 19,
Tucson Triple Challenge 300 mile race same weekend ~!
Arizona Open Classic December 9th (358 miles to Irish Syndicate Lofts)
AU Convention birds update: Birds are in great shape - 9th and 10th pulled and all birds have received vaccination by the AU committee on arrival. I will pox birds this weekend. Omaha 152 showed up this week so no need for a replacement. Any missing bird has been reported to the breeder - if you have not heard from me - your bird is here. We have 86 entries for the race ~~!!
Thanks for your support -
Hand inventory completed on Saturday - breeder notified of missing bird.
Birds are doing really well during this heat. Health is optimal - no surprises with the efforts, supplements and experienced meticulous care of these champions.
236 birds in loft of the 334 that are signed up. Birds accepted until July 15th - keep them coming. It will be a great year
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AU Convention Friday Nov 17,
For 2017 - we have purchased the latest GPS tracking system to have on several test birds. This will give the entrants added transparency to our race as to our release points, release times, speeds, altitude. We also have a new dedicated computer for the live clocking. I am still on the fence about installing live video feed (password protected).
Update: AU Convention birds - 4 birds missing - 3 breeders have been notified - I do not have a working phone number for TEAM OMAHA (AU17 OMAHA 152 is MIA) - if someone knows them please get me a valid number `!
Hot and healthy ~~! Birds seem to be enjoying this heat more than I do. Headed to 112 by the weekend. Heat is definitely better than humidity for the birds - Oregano based supplements in the water and the best of Versele Laga feed, grits and minerals ~~!
228 birds in the loft as of today inching our way to our 326 that are signed up. A few breeders are asking for an extra week to get their entries in. As such, we will EXTEND OUR ENTRY DATE to JULY 15th. Our training starts September 15 - so birds will have time to mature and settle for training and a final race date of November 19th.
ALL REPLACEMENTS AND ENTRIES MUST NOW BE IN BY JULY 15th.
There are a few AU convention birds missing - we will do a hands-on inventory by this weekend and allow replacements. They are already paid for - so you should get a replacement in. My own Arizona Classic Winner a few years ago from the AU Convention race station was a June hatch weaned in July. The bulk of my local team are just coming off the nest - I prefer babies hatched in the heat - they do better for those tough races.
Thanks for your support ~!
Birds look healthy and have great weight on them - They seem to be thriving in the heat. Oregano based supplements in the water and the best of Versele Laga feed ~~!
Any breeder with birds missing have been notified ~~!
212 birds in the loft with 322 signed up and a few weeks left for getting those entries in. If you have those last rounds that need to go to an OLR - please consider sending to us - the 350 mile final is in November coinciding with the 2017 AU Convention in Phoenix AZ. Our training schedule starts after September 15 after dove season - so plenty of time for those youngsters to mature.
Hot Hot Hot ~~! Headed to 109 today - with lots of clean water before the birds ~!
Birds seem to be enjoying the heat - lots of flapping and vigor when eating. Vita King Pro Combo in the water this week - with a new Versele Laga Show mix (no corn). We just got in several new mixes - the Gerry Plus and the Mariman (lots of corn) for this upcoming training season - we bulk ship to any location (one skid minimum).
Expecting a few teams this week to be shipped in. Send us those May hatches - they will do well in November ~~!
AU convention birds are doing well at our location - seems there are some issues in a few lofts - contact your handlers for details to see how your birds are doing.
Best of luck ~~!
Just 5 weeks left to get those entries in –
All birds on the property have received at least one combo vaccine (PMV, Pox, Parathyphoid) here at the Arizona Classic. Typically we do that July 4th – but decided to do it ahead of schedule and keep these birds separate from the June arrivals. We have 4 sections plus an additional 3 sections just for quarantine. Flights are pulled (9th and 10th) – and these birds will be on lockdown for about 2-3 weeks. We put up huge nets so that they have still access to outdoor aviary. We also medicated for canker and respiratory.
The AU birds received their vaccine on arrival and are doing well. We have only lost 3 birds and replacements are pending.
As usual - the best of Versele laga feed/supplements, Jovati grits, minerals before the birds 24/7 ~~!! We spare no expense to keep those birds shining as we grow this race - and testimony of the conditioning when you get your birds back. Many have attested that of all the returning birds from the OLRs that were shipped back to the breeders, the conditioning on the Arizona Classic Derby birds WERE THE BEST ~!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for your confidence ~!
180 birds in house - with 300 signed up - and 6 weeks remaining to get those entries in.
We had 2 birds with canker - they were the arrivals from 2 weeks ago. As a result we will flock treat for canker - earlier than expected just as precautionary. We also started vaccinating (booster) this weekend ahead of schedule with a 3-in-1 vaccine - normal we do pmv/pox on July 4th when we pull flights. We put those perch fees to use - As we build our race from 2016, we intend to give you value for your money and not cut corners with cheap feed, little to no supplements, skimping on the vaccines, etc....
As usual - the best of Versele laga feed/supplements, Jovati grits - and vaccinations ~~!! We spare no expense to keep those birds shining - as testimony of the conditioning when you get your birds back. Many have attested that of all the returning birds from the OLRs that were shipped back to the breeders, the conditioning on the Arizona Classic Derby birds WERE THE BEST ~!!!!!!!!!!
Arizona Classic Derby Update:
167 birds in loft and more expected this week; 300+ registered entries on target.
Birds in this week: ... Welcome back birds from Xin Feng Guo and Scott McAllister; and birds from new 2017 entrants Antoni Chimienia, Jian Hui Zheng;
Also a warm welcome to new breeder that signed up Larry Rueber (Horse Heaven Hills).
Folks are finding out that smaller races will have better health, individualized time with the birds and better general feedback on your breeding pairs. This is a great race to enter - don't lose the opportunity to get real feedback on your 2017 pairings - accepting birds until June 30th. The final is in November - and we do have a yearling series in January to test your birds at distance
The windy conditions over the weekend have brought lower temperatures in the 70s for the next few days.
We have 152 birds and are at our half-way point with the expected 300 birds and all of May and June to get those entries in.
All of the bigger races are now full - so here is an opportunity to get your last few rounds out to a One Loft Race where they will be trained. Many are now following our repetitive 50-75 mile tosses; we had 26 tosses and training between races. I even had emails to slow down on the training between races (unusual to hear that for a One Loft Race - we took it as a complement ~~!!) The objective of repetitive training is to condition the birds - NOT how quickly you can can to a blow home 100 mile activation race.
Thanks for your confidence - let's get those remaining entries in.
More birds arrived in this week from Jones Boys, Dale Zehr and others - inventory will reflect this week's arrivals on Monday as I am out of town and my helper does not run the computer ~~!
We welcome 5 new breeders signed up this week Ado Family Loft, Refried Dreams, Stephen Michael, Ceyz Loft and Emil Orban - thank you all ~~!
There is still May and June left to get those youngsters in for the final on Nov 19 weekend. In my own breeding program, my youngsters are still in eggs/nest for the big AZ money races - these rounds are the best in my opinion.
As all the big OLRs (with 600-1200 birds) are now full; here is a golden opportunity to test your genetics and realize the true potential of your breeding with great competition in a more controlled environment (300 birds) - You will get better feedback this way.
Best regards and thanks for your confidence and support ~~!