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ID: DVD 17
R & B Smith

R & B Smith have been partners since 1971 following the death of their father. Since their childhood livestock was always an important part of their lives. It was no surprise when racing pigeons came along that they were naturals and quickly established themselves on the national scene. From the first race to the last Bob and Brians names can be seen at the top of the final race results. Keen members of the Lancashire Social Circle along with other top business entrepreneurs all of course pigeon men they strive to improve the image and standing of this great sport. Enjoy over a hundered minutes of sound information from their vast experience which can only educate those who wish to learn and improve.

Duration: Approx 118 minutes

The Padfield Family

The Padfield family are one of the most successful long distance pigeon racing enthusiasts from the heart of the Welsh mining country at Cwmtillery in South Wales.

Following the success of their father, Dave & Vince Padfield have established a family of outstanding quality racing pigeons . Flying to one of the most difficult areas in Great Britain. These fanciers rank amongst the most consistent fliers in Europe.

In this film Dave Padfield explains the history of his family's involvement from their early days in the mining community up to present day as one of the top lofts in the country.

Dave also discusses his feeding, breeding, training, racing of old birds and young birds + his interna loft design. 

Roger J Lowe of Reading

Roger Lowe started his racing pigeon career in1971 in Reading a hot bed of the best flyers. Recognised today as Orbital Lofts he is well known all over Europe having won numerous classic and national races.In this film Roger explains his systems and methods which has taken him to the top of this sport including breeding, feeding, training, loft management, flying old birds on the widowhood system and visiting NFC marking station with his birds. Also included is young bird management involving the darkness and loft systems.


ID: V01a
Breeding, Feeding and Tactics to Win Races. DVD

John Halstead is well known for his previous dvd / video releases which include Racing Young Birds on the Darkness System, The Magic of Roundabout and Going the Distance; and for his successful racing performances which now stand at 4 x 1st National and 4 x 2nd National in the last 7 seasons.

Running time for this brand new dvd production is 103 minutes.

  • It contains advice on matching pigeons, pairing dates, selection and other breeding tips.
  • It shows feeding for breeding, moulting and racing.
  • It gives information on products for maintaining healthy youngsters.
  • It offers tips on loft improvements, ventilation and shows the benefit of an aviary.
  • It covers sexing pigeons using the 'Toe Theory'
  • It shows how John's September National winner was prepared.

ID: V02
Hints, Tips and Advice. DVD
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In 100 minutes this informative DVD covers loft design and ventilation, stock selection, motivation, training, health problems and supplementary feeding. For the fancier who wants to gather a basic range of pigeon knowledge quickly.

By John Halstead.

ID: V07
Better Breeding. DVD
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This DVD runs for 83 mintues and explains in detail all the most important aspects of breeding. Answering questions such as, should you use cross breeding, inbreeding, line breeding, or the Bull system? What date should you pair up and what treatmeant will benefit your birds before pairing? It recommends the starting point to base your breeding foundations and offers advice on creating your own family. It simplifies and explains about genetics in pigeons, also egg formation and fertilisation. It shows how to still and sex the eggs, and advises on feeding and the supplements essential for rearing strong youngsters. It takes you through all the important stages of breeding from coupling those reluctant birds, to weaning and recommendations on improvements before the next breeding season.

By John Halstead

ID: V07b
Widowhood Explained and Preparing Pigeons To Win Races. DVD
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Widowhood Explained

  • The loft and ventilation, pairing, exercise and training.
  • Feeding, widowhood hens, pre-race basketing procedure
  • Before race birds return, supplements, the moult, decisions at the seansons end.

Preparing Pigeons To Win Races

  • Early seaon preparation and training
  • The seaon for the dorset dart
  • A feeding programme for widowhood, and water additives
  • Young birds - feeding, training, and motivation

Total Running Time : Approx, 127 Minutes

Produced by : Mr. J.P Halstead

ID: V09
Going The Distance. DVD
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Going The Distance, by John Halstead. This brand new DVD has been compiled to show fanciers the successful methods and daily routine he has used to achieve terrific performances in some of the most prestigious long distance races in the pigeon calendar, even with a small team of pigeons.

Includes information on,

  • The racing and widowhood hen lofts.
  • Preparation for the new season.
  • Pairing Dates.
  • Canker Treatment.
  • Exercise, training and improving fitness in early season.
  • The widowhood routine.
  • The pigeon food and water additives.
  • Using the natural system from June.
  • Preparing birds for longer races.
  • Feeding for the long distance.

Approximate running time 90 minutes.

ID: V10
A Decade of Darkness DVD
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A Decade Of Darkness, by John Halstead.

Offers detailed information on,

  • The advantages of the darkness system.
  • The lofts and ventilation.
  • Pairing dates.
  • The times to darken the lofts.
  • Exactly when to cease darkening.
  • Feeding throughout the year.
  • Motivation and training the youngsters.
  • Operating `reverse thrust` if required.
  • The moult, what to do and what to expect.
  • Racing young birds on the darkness system.

The DVD clearly explains the effective use of the darkness system for fantastic young bird results. Approximate running time of 90 minutes.

ID: V10a
Wonderful Widowhood, DVD
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Wonderful Widowhood with John Halstead. In this DVD John shows from A-Z exactly how to operate the Widowhood System. It explains all the important aspects of flying widowhood. Includes information on,

  • Lofts and ventilation.
  • Widowhood hens.
  • Pairing dates.
  • Early season exercise and training.
  • Showing of the hens.
  • Exactly what, when and how to feed.
  • Period towards end of the season.


Total Running Time: Approx 82 Minutes.


ID: V11
Show Time. DVD
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This DVD includes footage of shots in Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, England and Ireland.

  • Brief historical overview starting with the Columbia Livia Spannish Pouters (Buchones) in action in Malaga
  • Standards of Pouters - Form pigeons - Wattle pigeons - Poultry pigeons - Trumpeter pigeons - Colour pigeons - Owl pigeons - Structure pigeons - Tumblers & High Flyers (Tumblers and rollers in action)
  • Construction of lofts : How? Why? Where? Etc.
  • Breeding systems : How to breed successfully?
  • Preperation and make-up before exhibition.
  • Feeds : How important?
  • Pigmentation - Feather structure - Physical build, etc.
  • Up-to-date feeding with the latest Immunity Concept!
  • What is extrusion?

Golden tips from top breeders from Belgium, Germany, Holland, England, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark and Saudi Arabia.

A prized documentary for any fancy pigeon breeder!

Produced by NV. Versele - Laga.

Running time 1h 28 min.

ID: V13
Keep them Healthy 2. Video
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16 Years after "Keep ''m Healthy". 2 Years of work! A professional masterpiece on video. With Armand Scheers. A professional documeantary on healthcare of racing pigeons, Armand Scheers interviewed by Richard Kirkbride and explained on an understandable fanciertalking way. Unique microscopic pictures, digital betacam TV, Broadcast quality.    Was £25.00, now £10.00. 


  • Prof. Dr. De Backer
  • The Ghent University
  • Dr. Lugwig Lens
  • Dr. Wim Boddaert
  • Dr. Johan Nys
  • Dr. Guy Werquin
  • Vet. Surgeon Lizzie Rigby

Directed by Armand Scheers. Running time 2h 30 min.