Breed from Leaders Part 2
Champion lofts seem to produce champions on a regular bases in their own countries. WHY? The legendary and famous fanciers past and present all have one thing in common: They purchased and developed a family of birds that would fit their area and style of racing. They selected their breeders for these desired results, and with some knowledge and a little luck, have become famous in their own countries and many others around the world.
It is no secret fanciers need tough, intelligent birds with the distance qualities, such as endurance, to be competitive in a race series, and have the chance to win the large prizes. That is why I continue to recommend a family of birds with successful bloodlines and years of success with these traits as your best chance of success. We must find the best birds with these qualities and breed them together. The chance of producing the birds we desire is greater by breeding the same qualities we seek together. That is why a family of birds is important, because it has been proven and selected for years to produce the same superior qualities we look to establish in our own birds.
Breeding two families with the same qualities is OK, but breeding two families with different qualities together is not! The “MASTERS” ALWAYS BRED SPEED TO SPEED AND DISTANCE TO DISTANCE. TOUGHNESS AT ANY SPEED AND DISTANCE IS ALSO IMPORTANT, AND ANY BREEDING LOFT MUST CONSIDER THEM.
That is why we need more than one race to determine a bird’s mental toughness, and we need races at distances of 300 miles or longer to see if we have leader or follower qualities. To breed from a bird, or its bloodlines, that is a one time winner of a large prize in a big race with a large number of birds at less than 250 miles is a big mistake. “ANY BIRD CAN GET LUCKY ONCE”. We want proof of several races at longer distances before we breed from such a bird or its bloodlines. A good example is the race record of AU-88-JBM-1038 “MULLIGAN’S PLACE. EXAMPLE #1 AU REGISTERED CHAMPION #0737: COMPETED IN 4 ONE BIRD DERBIES AND 2 THREE BIRD DERBIES 5 TIMES AT 487 MILES; SEVERAL TOUGH RACES AS A YEARLING AND SPEEDS RANGING FROM 1110 YPM TO 1578 YPM. DEFINITELY A LEADER.