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Site last updated on 08/31/2014

dave_and_joan1Thank you for visiting our web site.  Shewmaker Genetics has been in the animal breeding business for over forty years. During this time we have established a number of world class herds in a number of species. For the past fifteen years, we have concentrated on the breeding of racing pigeons. We are working on adding an elite herd of Boer goats.

The key cornerstones of our program are a superior gene pool, carefully designed matings, extensive contemporary group testing and collaboration with our customers. This is the same approach we have taken in other species and it has worked very well. But just as that famous wine slogan says, "no wine before it's time!"; breeding superior pigeons takes time and effort. While we are pleased with our progress, we still have a lot of work to do.

As you browse through our site, you will see that we maintain a rather large number of families. We acquired these families as part of the process for establishing our initial gene pool. Over time we will distill these down to only three or four lines. Some of the originals may be left intact and new ones may be formed by blending; time will tell how it plays out. The objective though is crystal clear - develop world class families of racing pigeons that perform at the highest levels generation after generation.

Our primary focus is on breeding and testing. We do not spend much time on marketing and sales. In fact we do almost no advertising. Our sales are largely from word of mouth and from visitors to this site. Don’t misunderstand me on this point - We do sell birds, we are just extremely selective in what we offer for sale. Let us know what you need and we will work with you. We do try to maintain an inventory of about a dozen top birds for sale at all times.

You will find a great deal of other information on this site. It is the repository of all of our theories and practices. We keep no secrets. We share it with the sport with the only proviso that it not be reproduced or distributed without our permission (personal use is fine). Under the Racing, Sales, Lofts and Articles sections, there are special pages or links that are specifically for beginners to the sport.

Please visit us often to become familiar with our birds and our program. Always feel free to contact us. I work very long hours and I know it can be difficult reaching me, but leave a message and I will get back to you. It is never a problem when you call. We are continually looking for a few good customers who will work with us to move both of our lofts forward. Our birds are hard working and honest. If you are the same, we would love to work with you.

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P.O. Box 460, Elk Grove, CA 95759-0460
Voice Mail: (916) 687-8816
Cell Phone: (916) 662-5339
Email: dave@shewmaker.com

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