We have reached the end of the 2018 season with only the auction ahead of us.
There is important information that you need to be aware of:
There is no 2019 competition at Klapmuts Lofts, please do not send birds.
The auction list is attached to the email and we ask that as per the rules of entry that the entrants on the list provide pedigrees for the pigeons going on auction. Please use Robert@benzing.co.za to email the pedigrees or other details of the pigeons.
The remainder of the pigeons are on the attached list and are available to the owner at R 300 per pigeon.
As at the end of October the loft must be completely empty so please make arrangements if you wish to purchase your pigeons back. After the 27th of October the pigeons will be sold out of hand.
We have attached the payouts for the 2018 series that has been completed.
For the fanciers that did well in the final races a big congratulations, the pigeons were top quality and they put up great performances.
In the old bird competition only 49 pigeons were paid and for the young birds only 77 pigeons were paid for the final two races.
From Gert and I we would like to thank you for supporting the loft for each year that we have been involved and we have made many friends through our involvement with the loft.
At the end of the day the time available to run the loft has not been available to me due to other commitments and hence the decision to close the loft.
I am sure that if the loft is run on a more full time basis it could be a really good one loft race in South Africa as Cape Town is a premier destination.
Just before I say goodbye we need to remember that taking the pigeons 600km for a one loft race does have repercussions that are potentially harmful to the sport. As OLR results are available for all to see, including the authorities that monitor the loft, it would have been bad for pigeon racing in general to race 600km as the losses would have been high based on previous years.
We all enjoy a final with perhaps 10 or 20 pigeons returning on the day as then we feel that the pigeon was a real winner but under the current climate of racing in South Africa these types of races cannot be held anymore. I trust that you understand the above statement but this situation is evolving even now and I am sure we will see an official curtailment of distances in the future for OLR.
I did hear of a few complaints over the distances raced and guys I am not sure where the information you had came from as these rules were spelt out in the newsletters and it has been on the website since day one. In spite of that I would like to apologies if anyone was misinformed and if we could have communicated more effectively.
We appreciate the wonderful way that all have communicated with us over the years and we wish you all the best for success in your OLR endeavours and may you all be blessed with good health in the years ahead.
Gert, Robert and Karel