MODERN OLD BRITISH STRAINS By Jim Emerton Each and every bird is an individual of mixed genetic ancestry. There are no pure pigeons from any fancier, ancient or modern!! Trends occur with origins that become a modern fashion of the day. The race reality is that a good pigeon to be timed at over 700 miles is the product of good management and will be uncommon in any family, IE a relatively small percentage of birds bred for THE BARCELONA MARATHON. JIM DONALDSON in Scotland, NEIL BUSH at Amcotts, and Denney breed a good one for example. With notable outbreeding intros into the families, many of these have been home bred for generations eg over 25 years. My strain has been good from 31 to 879 miles from its evolutionary base in 1976 to now 2015. See pigeon ADDICTION on Google. MUSGROVE The old boys are master breeders and conditioners for specialist marathon racers and great pigeons are rare in any generation of fanciers. It pleases me to know that good ones are still being bred by the old stalwarts. Naturally after the earthly parting of the good men, the genes become further mixed, with just traces of what was the long term focus of those dedicated men and so time and tide wait for no man: they are eternal, immortal. Transience and perpetual change are real.
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