Kleine Dirk, from the year 1998
Separate breeding boxes
Unique pedigree 2012
Relationship by DNA
Certainty in pigeon racing ? A chronological survey
When ‘Kleine Dirk’ introduced
an entire new level of pigeon racing to me in
1998, more and more requests for children of him
and his family came in. To make sure I
wouldn’t sell all of him and keep some
youngsters for myself to secure the future, I had
to adjust the prices.
Because the pressure sort of rose and
fanciers wanted to be sure they really bought
pigeons from the parents that were printed on the
pedigree, it did not took me long – it must
be in 2000 – to create separate breeding
boxes. In these every pair is really housed
separately. Necessary, as all pigeon fanciers
know pigeon sport is just like the human world;
nature goes before training!
As experienced pigeon fancier you know a mutual
breeding loft breaks all guarantees for breeding
pairs and their youngsters; that also means wrong
pedigrees are not always intended.
In this same period I was also frequently
confronted with pedigree fraud, that was not only
a disillusion for the buyers, but it also harmed
my own company.
From 2009 we therefore decided to
introduce unique pedigrees that include an extra
control mean for authenticity for the buyer of
the pigeon and also gives a certain guarantee
when this pigeon is sold to a third party. As you
know every pedigree is supplied with a unique
number that is only visible for the one who owns
the pedigree/pigeon and in the database in
Via Jan Hooijmeijer from Meppel (Clinic for
Birds) we met the firm Gendika from Veendam that
year. They extensively informed us about the
different possibilities for DNA testing and we
decided to just use the method of
gender-determination. Very important to us as
many fanciers specifically ask for a cock or a
hen. At a young age that is often difficult to
determine; to ensure the sex we had them tested.
Costs of such tests remained quite low, about
€ 14,- per pigeon.
In those days also the so-called DNA-passport of
the breeders in Ermerveen were discussed. We than
decided not to use it yet, because we believed the
breeding boxes were sufficient to exclude
‘extramarital insemination’ on our
During a very pleasant and constructive
brainstorm-session with Nikolaas and Thomas
Gyselbrecht from PIPA also the subject
‘determination of relationship by
DNA’ was discussed. PIPA and Team Koopman
really give great value to quality and
reliability and Nikolaas and Thomas emphasized
DNA certification can never leave a doubt about
reliability! PIPA even wants to sell all rounds
of youngsters in the next racing season
(2012/2013) with DNA certificated youngsters.
With other words; a guarantee that the parents on
the pedigree are indeed the real parents.
The arguments of Nikolaas and Thomas made us
decide to get a DNA-passport for all our
breeders. Most important reason is we want full
transparency and want to exclude every doubt
about the ‘genuineness’ of our
pigeons. Extra advantage is that persons who want
to put our rings on other pigeons can be tackled.
About the precise way we shall use the
DNA-passport and the visibility of it on our
pedigrees we will make decisions soon. We are
convinced that – a/o because of close
corporation with PIPA – we will make the
Not only determination of the relationship is a
possibility in DNA testing, also fanciers with
strong inbred strains can use DNA as extra help.
The so called ‘genetic variety’ can
be mapped by comparing DNA-genotypes. The results
can help you forming the right pairs – see
‘removed pairs’ – and can
Next time we shall inform you more about
procedures and methods that are used by Gendika.
Main part is the presence of a notary office to
supervise the procedure. The implementation
appointment is made for September 6th in
Ermerveen. In our newsletters afterwards pigeon
shall again be the ‘trending topic’,
like it should.
Untill next time!
Gerard & Team