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PEAS IN A POD.


With 41 years of inbreeding ,some of my strain you perceive look like peas in a pod. They look like small/medium alert,intelligent looking birds with nice feather. On closer inspection,the discerning,analytical eye realises the difference between each individual. This concept applies not only to the outward,external appearance, but the inner nature of the bird,the breeding and racing potential and personality. Like people each bird is unique to the wise man. At 71 to 879 miles my strain is unique in the Uk. They can be excellent for some outbreeding experiments with inbred families. This project is in hand with some of my cohorts like Craig Wilkinson,Chris Booth,Jim Donaldson,Alan Kelly and John Ghent to name a few fanciers,oh and Bob Brown. We swap and exchange birds in mutual symbiosis. The point i assert is that every pea in the same pod is different when you see it within your minds eye. Without a doubt a good strain of racing pigeons is built on inbreeding,with marathon progeny testing of every bird.

       

5  EMERTON/HARVEY Barcelona Strain bred YBS

Jim Emerton.

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BARCELONA BRED LATEBREDS


We have taken our needs of young from the Barcelona International birds,and these will be built into the strain -it is our annual practice. They will not moult through with further young in October,and the racers will be separated. Our 5 times Barce hen may be stopped for stock. I am happy to send her for go no 6 at Barcelona-as we are in the twilight of our racing career,and you are on earth for one time only. Sound young of this breeding are perfect for stock and placed in the aviary to moult and grow on for the future. The whole process is simple,logical and sensible. The essence is to time out of Barce ,in the West Country in the first place. Why buy in fresh stock,when you can breed your own?? I am still breeding down from Barcelona birds-879 miles of 22 years ago.

THE QUALITY OF OUR BARCELONA LATEBREDS OF EMERTON/HARVEY PROVENANCE-

Jim Emerton.

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THE LONE INDIVIDUAL


Humans and birds who make a mark,announce their presence in the pigeon racing world are lone individuals. Many do not follow the herd or the crowd,and may be original and creative. This is how innovations are made and champions are born. They may be private or in the limelight of the public consciousness. Some great birds have flown to my loft-all solo flying over great distances, i gave them original names in recognition of the special nature of their performances. As a person, you need the support of a club or organisation that supports your objectives. Being competitive is a very selfish or egocentric thing to do,and to balance a career ,it is nice to make a lasting and positive feedback contribution to the sport. UK Barcelona International pigeons are almost to the one,lone individuals that have persisted beyond the group.

Jim Emerton.

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A SERIOUS CHALLENGE FOR IRISH FANCIERS


I am so aware of the onerous difficulty of distance/marathon racing into Ireland. However,nothing ventured,nothing gained,and a few stalwarts will pursue their dream. The challenge remains to enter and time out of BICC races-the club with real kudos and charisma. A perfectly conditioned,marathon bred team ,expertly managed by a talented fancier is de riguer. When the chips are down the egos come out to play. I believe in it,as it is just less than a delusion of grandeur. Who will complete the task and propel their name into history and folklore? The hardnosed realists will not attempt the feat,since a visionary is required for this task-an eccentric of the fancy. I know of one or two who will attempt the task,which lies on the remote edge of possibility

-Jim Emerton.

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SELF PROMOTION AND PUBLICITY

The famous names in the sport are egocentric to a man. The limelight is fine for those making a solid contribution to knowledge and the collective good of the sport,or with creative and clever writing such as the lyrical and original work of Liam Ocomain MA. Nowadays many operate under the cloak of money seeking commercialism,with less than subtle advertising in seemingly innocuous reporting. A shrewd eye can see through this transparency in an instant of time. Much of the sport is fuelled by the love of money. However, there are some purists about,with a genuine love of nature,the pigeon and long distance racing-i try and perpetuate the old traditions of the sport. I am not averse to selling a few,well bred birds to enhance the strain and for a few dollars more.The media is quite free to the ambitious writer,and we like to show off and parade our wares. Every man to himself if he has a worthy contribution ,something to say. On a reporting level we are waiting to see who becomes the next BICC Press Officer-it could be a lady.

Jim Emerton.

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