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There are many ways to breed racing pigeons.

The methods that we use in our loft are the result of over 40 years of animal breeding. We believe in them and have had outstanding success in a number of different species using them. While they certainly don’t represent the only way it can be done, this section describes our program.

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Our Lines

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Breeding Program

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Testing Program

We have three Primary Lines. One for sprints (races under three hours), one for long distance (races over ten hours) and one for the middle distances (typically six to eight hours which are usually the 300 mile races).

We also maintain a number of Heirloom Lines - families that we have found to possess unique and valuable genetics that we feel need to be preserved. Some of them are behind our primary lines while others are maintained to keep available a strong and diverse gene pool for use in the future evolution of our lines.

No breeding program can stand still and expect to remain competitive in this sport. We are continuously evaluating new lines. These are our Trial Lines.

Finally, we usually have a line or two that is just for fun. We call these the Novelty Line(s). Currently we are playing around with some Whites and Creams.  

We have had outstanding success in a number of different species using our breeding methods. While they certainly don’t represent the only way it can be done, this section will describe in detail the breeding of racing pigeons as it is practiced in our loft:

The testing program at Shewmaker Genetics is the cornerstone of our entire breeding program. We describe in this section all of the details of our testing program.

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