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Mark Janssens

Mark Janssens 200Mark Jansens the Sprint King of Limburg.
In 2015 he won 1st National Ace Pigeon with King of Sprint (Belg14-2065003). Two years later he was again crowned sprint King winning
1st National Ace Pigeon with Young King of Sprint (Belg17-5056014). Young King of Sprint was bred out of a full brother from the other national Ace bird, King of Sprint. This is living proof that top winning bloodlines pass on their winning genes for many generations. Mark’s family are very in bred concentrating only on the bloodlines of 1st National Ace Pigeons, pairing the best to the best. In general Mark is highly successful year after year but his main aim is to breed 1st National Ace Pigeons, this he has achieved twice which is a remarkable achievement by anyones standards.
At present King of Sprint resides at the breeding lofts of Jo & Raf Herbots and he is proving to be a fantastic breeder with many of his descendants winning at the highest level.

Auction Starts 7th January - Ends Sunday 17th January 2021

King of Sprint

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Herbots only have the very best pigeons at their lofts and over the years have dominated the competition with results like
1st Nat Ace bird Young birds Short distance KBDB 2017
8th Nat Champion young birds short distance KBDB 2017
1st Nat Ace bird Year birds Short distance KBDB 2015
2nd Prov Ace Bird Year birds Short distance KBDB Limburg 2015
1st Prov Ace Bird Young birds Short distance KBDB Limburg 2014
2nd Nat Ace bird Young birds Short distance KBDB 2014
2nd Prov Ace bird Young birds Short distance KBDB Limburg 2014
3rd Prov Champion Young birds Short distance KBDB Limburg 2014
7th Nat Champion Young birds Short distance KBDB 2014
1st Prov Ace bird Young birds Short distance KBDB Limburg 2013
1st Prov Champion Young birds Short distance KBDB Limburg 2013
3rd Nat Champion Young birds Short distance KBDB 2013
3rd Nat Ace bird Young birds Short distance KBDB2013
1st Prov Ace bird Young birds Short distance KBDB Limburg 2012
11th Nat Ace bird Young birds Short distance KBDB 2012
1st Prov Ace bird Young birds Short distance KBDB Limburg 2011
2nd Prov Ace bird Year birds Short distance KBDB Limburg 2011
10th Nat Ace bird Young birds Short distance KBDB 2011
10th Nat Ace bird Year birds Short distance KBDB 2011
Etc.

Mark Janssens Loft
Mark Janssens outside his loft


Young Birds System
Mark normally only races young cocks but this year he intends to do things differently. He only breeds about 40 youngsters for his race team and all being of the same age. As soon as the cocks start pairing up he then separates them until the middle of April. He will then pair these young cocks to old hens but only leave them together for about 10 days and then put them on widowhood. They will race like this until August and then they are repaired to the old hens and race them to various nesting conditions. The young cocks tend to go off form after 3 months on widowhood so this is why he repairs them to revive their motivation. Young King of Sprint won his last top race whilst feeding a small youngster.
Also the youngsters are not darkened so by repairing them in August this will delay the moult ensuring a good wing for the later races.
This season he will also try a small number of young hens paired to young cocks and raced to the nest.
Do all the young cocks have a hen at that young age?
This differs for year to year because not all cocks will become sexually mature at the same time so some will just race to their nest box. These cocks will become territorial and defend their nest box with great vigilance. Later on when Mark thinks they are ready he will give them a hen which will increase their motivation to race home at great speed.
Do you train the young birds a lot before their first race?
They are given 8 or 9 training tosses before the first race and then just once a week or sometimes they will have a short mid-week race instead of training. They are only trained from about 30km but if Mark has time he will give the 2 or 3 tosses from this distance. When they are training they don’t always have the hen waiting for them when they arrive home. If he does show the hens then they are only allowed a very short time with them before they are removed. He will only show them the hens from training if they have had a bad race the previous Saturday to give them confidence.
They are exercised twice per day for one hour each time, in the morning before he goes to work and again in the evening when he gets home from work. The only time they are not exercised around the loft is when they are taken training.

Motivation on Widowhood
Mark used to only show the hens for half an hour but these days they have their hens for one and a half hours before basketing. If it has been a hard race then the hens remain with them until next day.

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Golden 10 (Foundation Breeder)

Toppers of the season 2017;

Belg17-5056014 Young King of Sprint Blue Cock.
A beautiful cocks that has it all according to Mark, a fighter in the loft and always fire in his body.
Young King of Sprint winner of
1st Nat Ace bird Young birds Short distance KBDB 2017
1st Chimay 3,423 birds
2nd Chimay 2,695 birds
3rd Chimay 2,524 birds
6th Chimay 2,775 birds
6th Chimay 1,305 birds
13th Chimay 3,662 birds
Sire of Young King of Sprint is Belg11-5031013 a brother to King of Sprint winner of
1st Nat Ace Bird KBDB SD Yearling 2015
1st Prov Ace Bird KBDB SD Yearling 2015
2nd Prov Ace Bird KBDB SD Young 2014
12th Nat Ace Bird KBDB SD Young 2014
1st Mettet 3,026 birds
1st Chimay 1,861 birds
1st Chimay 1,476 birds
1st Mettet 1,195 birds
1st Mettet 74 birds
2nd Mettet 137 birds
3rd Mettet 924 birds
4th Chimay 2,769 birds
9th Laon 2,767 birds
Dam of Young King of Sprint is top breeding hen Zomerjong Belg15-2205020.
G.sire of Zomerjong is Belg05-2141553 himself a winner of 9 x 1st Prizes.
G.dam of Zomerjong is Belg08-5038801 mother to
12th National Ace YBs KBDB 2011.

Another top young cock from 2017 is Belg17-5056017 De 017 Blue Cock
Winner of
1st Chimay 1,360 birds
5th Chimay 2,697 birds
5th Chimay 217 birds
6th Chimay 295 birds
7th Laon 2,470 birds
8th Mettet 449 birds
10th Mettet 474 birds
Sire: 5031080/2013 Blue White Flight
Inbred to 018/12 winner of
11th Nat Ace bird Young Birds KBDB 2012
G.sire; 5020018/2012 Cheq White Flight
1st Prov Ace bird young birds KBDB Limburg 2012
11th Nat Ace bird young birds KBDB 2012
Son to 010/10 Gouden 10 x 300/07 Chequered
G.dam; 5150401/2012 sister to 018/12 a daughter to 010/10 Gouden 10 x 300/07 Chequered
Dam; 2014354/2014 Blue Direct Peter Stakenborg
G.sire; 5101783/2011 Brother Tom winner of
2nd Olympiad Bird Poznan 2011

G.dam; 6037090/2013 Daughter of Brother Gust Ulrich Lemmens
De Gust winner of
1st Nat. Limoges 2002.

General Care & Management.
The young pigeons get the breeding mixture from Paloma until the middle of April. Then he switches onto Beyers Light which he will use for the rest of the racing season. Only when Mark calls them in he gives them peanuts. They get multivitamins once per week and when they arrive home from a race there is electrolytes in the water.
As for medical care they are treated for canker with Tricho Green after they have been weaned over for 10 days, this is only for 3 days. They are done again at the end of May.
They are also treated twice per year for respiratory infections.
And that it just top quality fast pigeons.