With the arrival of modern electronic technologies and the internet, it has never been clearer; the Racing Pigeons sport can no longer be just measured and adjudicated by the highest velocity alone.  The two major factors with the most influence on the current result are:

  1. Wind direction.

A strong westerly head or tailwind should favor the lofts on the east not so? Yes, but it can be counteracted by the;

  1. “Pull”

Of the majority birds to the centre or too the west. It is a known fact that the Far East Rand of Gauteng for some unknown reason has never really produced a GPU or the old THU all-bird champion, yet when strong fanciers move from Springs to Boksburg, they do reach that goal. This fact was the reason in the late sixties already that the OERF was established on the Far East Rand. The same occurrence was experienced on the West Rand, where pigeon fanciers were affected even worse due to the prevailing and majority North-west winds experienced during the winter months and the racing season.

It has also never been possible with just the “best velocity” results to determine a provincial, let alone a National Champion Loft; there were simply just too many variables to take into consideration. Not even the Gauteng Combine succeeded, and in fact, it confirmed the above.

ODRA Loft Grouping or “OLG” as it will be known in the future, with its unique catchphrase

“..if one bird could be in a specific area, theoretically it was possible for all pigeons to have performed the same”

Has developed the ultimate measuring tool

By using the net-flying-time of the “MARKER.” (Highest velocity in a club) Of every club or area and multiplying it with the velocity of the measured competitor, it is now possible to determine the distance the measured bird would have achieved in the same net-flying-time. The difference is the distance that the measured bird was behind the MARKER. By determining the average distance lost of the first four birds of each loft, and comparing that result on a provincial and National competition, al the variables are now removed from the final results.

For the skeptics who might think that the weaker clubs are at an advantage or perhaps at a disadvantage, do your self a favour and download the OLG app from the internet and start comparing the so-called “Platteland se Kokelolieties” or other clubs whom you might think is inferior competition. You will soon find out, if your loft is in-form you will time your birds in one after the other but if your “Grouping” is high, your loft is out-of-form.

There is no such thing as an inferior winner, so therefore you will never have an inferior “Marker.”

Pigeons the same as any other bird-species flock together and racing pigeons do not “race” to get ahead of the competition. Good racing pigeons just have more stamina to maintain the same velocity over a longer period, and they follow the shortest route home, avoiding danger and other obstacles on their way home.


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