Monthly archives: February, 2017

Pigeon Radio Monday,27th February,2017

Graeme Tarrant

Alex Caruana

Ivan Fonti
In studio guests, Angelo and Tony Barbara
Graeme Tarrant – PRF Flyer, Western Australia
Gary Gillard Pigeon Vitality Australia NEW PRODUCTS
Australian Racing Pigeon Journal Update March issue Editor, Jeff Howell
Alex Caruana from Sydney Australia Raises some concerns
GMPF – Tony McPheson
VRPU – Rod Simmons

Pigeon Radio Monday,20th February,2017

Tonight the GRAND FINALE! for the VERY LAST TIME on Pigeon Radio Australia closure and discussion
about the current ROTAVIRUS outbreak in Australia
Solutions to the virus presented by Pigeon radio Australia’s official Avian Vet,
Dr. Rob Marshall, B. V. Sc, M.A.V. C. Sc (Avian Health)
Panel discussion with Dr.Rob Marshall, include
President of the Pigeon Racing Federation of Western Australia George Azar
Tony McPherson from the GMPF Greater Melbourne Pigeon Federation of Melbourne
Ivan Fonti
In studio guests, Tony and Angelo Barbara and Ivan Fonti
Panel discussion about Dr. Rob Marshall’s presentation tonight
South Coast Federation Secretary, Sydney NSW Australia, Neil Cavill
VRPU correspondent – Rod Simmons
President of the Pigeon Racing Federation of Western Australia George Azar
GMPF – Correspondent, Tony McPherson
Exclusively to Pigeon Radio Australia

CLICK HERE Pigeon Radio Australia Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal online Donations page 

WPF Will be Racing 2017 – Western Pigeon Federation Melbourne Australia

We have been informed by the secretary of WPF in Melbourne, Michael Portelli, this morning, to announce and inform the pigeon fraternity of Melbourne, that the WPF will definitely be racing in the 2017 season.

There have been rumors going around to the contrary, and these rumors are false and untrue.

If you have any questions about this, please do not listen to gossip and rumors. Contact WPF secretary Michael Portelli, via the WPF website.

CLICK HERE  – Official Website Western Pigeon Federation Melbourne Australia



Pigeon Radio Australia Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal online Donations

Pigeon Radio Australia Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal online Donations


Due to the recent ROTAVIRUS outbreak in Pigeons in Australia and due to the fact that the pigeon fancy has been bio-security mode in Australia, it was regretfully decided that the usual online pigeon auction that the pigeon fanciers of Australia supported last year, was unable to be conducted in 2017.

Therefore, Pigeon Radio Australia has decided to set up this online donations page, to collect some money for the appeal. Even if we raise $100 to $1,000 we will still be supporting the appeal and even a small token will show our support for this worthwhile Australian appeal that supports sick children and a world renowned hospital for children.

If you would like to support the appeal here and represent the Pigeon Fanciers of Australia, through your donation. Please pay and make your donation with the form below.

Kindest Regards


Ivan Fonti

Pigeon Radio Australia

WYN FM – 88.9FM

Melbourne Australia

Executive Producer

and the whole Pigeon Radio Australia team

(VIDEO) Grant Patterson Speaks at the Canberra Conference 2016 about the Australian National Racing Pigeon Board – ANRPB

Grant Patterson Speaks at the Canberra Conference 2016 about the Australian National Racing Pigeon Board – ANRPB
Video from the 2016 Canberra Conference on the need to form the Australian National Racing Pigeon Board
Video Source: Len Vanderlinde

Pigeon Radio Monday,6th February,2017


Ivan Fonti
In studio guests, Tony and Angelo Barbara
The virus saga continues…
Special guests from Sydney and Melbourne Australia who have recently contracted
the virus in their lofts.
A World Record 1st. The Australian lady pigeon fancier who has won three (3) motor cars.
POI WEYNTON. Who races 2 federations in Sydney. SRPF and CCF.
Daniel Balogh – Flyer from Sydney Australia
Joe Micallef – flyer with the VPO Melbourne
GMPF – Tony McPherson
PRF – W.A. President – George Azar

ANRPB – Australian National Racing Pigeon Board – Press Release – 5pm – 6 February 2017

Press Release – 5pm – 6 February 2017

To: The Management Committees of All Australian Racing Pigeon Federations, Combine

Entities, Country Clubs, One-Loft Races and Fancy Pigeon Associations.

Re: Update 4: Highly infectious Rota-virus outbreak in Australia; impact on Racing for 2017

Further to previous ANRPB Press Releases of January 2017 the following update applies;

1. A Rota virus vaccine suitable for pigeons does not currently exist in Australia.

2. Through the exhaustive efforts of Dr Colin Walker and the expert professional team

that Dr Walker has been working with across various agencies, an Australian

produced vaccine could be available by the end of this year but no later than March


3. The vaccine once available will potentially protect birds against the highly infectious

Rota virus, thus preventing the loss of perhaps between 15% and 40% of the total

pigeon population in Australia.

The ANRPB had been awaiting expert advice on whether or not a Rota virus vaccine could be

made available prior to the commencement of Racing in 2017 before forming a view on

whether or not racing should proceed.

In forming a position on Racing for 2017 the ANRPB took into consideration; the following:

· When the outbreak hit WA in May and June 2016, and WA Federations were forced

to suspend their race program, the rest of Australia continued with their race


· When the virus appeared to clear in WA and they resumed their race program with

reportedly good results, some 10 weeks later birds from Busselton were transported

on the WA race unit resulting in birds from Busselton becoming infected with the


· Genetic testing has confirmed that the viral outbreak in Victoria is the same as WA.

· The outbreak in Victoria and Country SA appears linked to the Kyabram sale, this

being some 6 months after the viral outbreak in WA. Hence infected birds, even

though they may appear healthy, can still be highly infectious “carriers” for periods

of perhaps 6 months. If this was not the case then the outbreak would not have

occurred in Victoria, country SA and more recently in New South Wales.

· Consequently, should fanciers whose lofts have been infected by Rota virus post

December 2016, in the months prior to racing, it is very likely that their surviving

apparently healthy birds are “carriers” of this highly infectious disease and would

spread the virus to currently healthy lofts resulting in perhaps 15 – 40% loss of that

owner’s birds, and as the virus continues to spread perhaps 15 – 40% of the total

pigeon population in Australia.

· The ANRPB is of the view that Animal Welfare Organisations would be extremely

concerned should those in decision making positions of the various Clubs, Combines,

Associations and Federations not demonstrate due diligence and duty of care in

ensuring that their decision making was based upon the “best interests” of our birds’

health and welfare.

· The Rota virus is not currently a “Notifiable” disease, although the Senior

Veterinarians’ of state Agriculture Departments’ have been notified and are taking a

keen interest. Currently it is not known what impact the Rota virus may have on

other bird populations; e.g. chicken industry, quail industry, doves, canaries etc.

Should it be demonstrated that the Rota virus cross contaminates then it may well

become a “Notifiable” disease.

· It is acknowledged that the Australian National Pigeon Association has cancelled all

of their pigeon shows for 2017 as a direct consequence of the Rota virus.

Taking the above-mentioned issues into consideration the ANRPB strongly recommends

that any fancier whose birds contracted the Rota virus, within the past 6 months, does not

race their birds in 2017, and maintains strict Bio-Security measures to prevent the spread

of the virus by apparently healthy “carriers”.

The ANRPB also strongly recommends that decision makers in the various pigeon clubs and

organisations review their plans for scheduling of the 2017 Racing Season, taking into

consideration information contained in this Press Release, and the expert information

provided via the web site:

Should Racing proceed in 2017?

The ANRPB acknowledges that there are differing factors in each state or territory.

For the Australian Capital Territory there have been no confirmed reports of the Rota virus.

Decision makers need to review the proposed race program with a view to carefully

selecting race-points, whilst maintain stringent bio-security measures, to minimise the risk

of Rota virus infection. Weekly review of the new schedule is recommended.

For Tasmania there have been no confirmed reports of the Rota virus. However, given the

spread of the virus in Victoria the decision makers in Tasmania need to consider cancelling

cross Tasman racing for 2017.

For Queensland there have been no confirmed reports of Rota virus. Queensland decision

makers may consider proceeding with their race programs, but with weekly review and

suspension should an outbreak occur. Race-points should be within state boundaries.

For Western Australia the initial miss-diagnosis, and manner in which the virus was

subsequently managed has meant that the Rota virus has significant coverage. WA’s

geographical isolation from other states also provides a natural barrier. (The ANRPB trusts

that the WA fancier who advertised and sold birds interstate refrains from doing so again

until such time as a vaccine becomes available). Decision makers should be mindful that

much remains unknown about the Rota virus; e.g. just how long the immunity lasts post loft

infection. The possibility of a further outbreak in 2017 cannot be ruled out.

For South Australia the outbreak occurred at Pt Augusta some 300kms North of Adelaide.

The virus has now spread to 6 lofts in Pt Augusta. The outbreak originated from a fancier

attending the Kyabram sale in Victoria. Subject to appropriate bio-security measures being

undertaken by the Pt Augusta fanciers, and similarly for the Wellington One Loft where birds

recently arrived from Sydney, it is recommended that decision makers review and modify

the proposed race program for 2017, to ensure that race-points are within state boundaries

and significantly clear of Pt Augusta and Wellington.

For Victoria, and the Greater Melbourne Federations, the ANRPB strongly recommends that

decision makers suspend all racing for 2017 and maintain strict bio-security measures.

For Country Victoria it is recommended that strict bio-security measures are maintained to

either protect your own birds, or prevent the spread of the virus.

Should racing proceed it would undoubtedly lead to a significant spread of the virus to

current healthy populations of pigeons.

For New South Wales, and the Greater Sydney Federations, the ANRPB strongly

recommends that decision makers review their recent decision to proceed as planned with

racing for 2017.

Should racing proceed it will undoubtedly lead to the spread of the virus and perhaps the

death of 15-40% of the pigeon population of NSW. Particularly affected will be fanciers in

clubs outside the Sydney area that currently do not have the virus.

For country NSW it is recommended that strict bio-security measures are maintained to

either protect your own birds, or prevent the spread of the virus.


The ANRPB acknowledges the far reaching ramifications of the above recommendations and

understands that they may not be well received by many fanciers. However, the ANRPB is a

“pigeon welfare” based organisation and makes recommendations at this time in the best

interests of both the health and welfare of our birds, but also in the best long term interests

of our sport.

The ANRPB does not have a mandate to dictate to the decision makers of the various pigeon

sporting bodies and the final decision making rests with the clubs, associations, combines

and federations.

The ANRPB would however, remind office bearers that they do have a “duty of care” to

demonstrate “due diligence” in the administration of their respective sporting bodies.

The ANRPB is in no doubt that Animal Welfare Organisations would be most concerned

should decision makers not demonstrate such “due diligence” and as a consequence the

highly infectious Rota virus continues to spread killing perhaps between 15 and 40% of our

pigeons, and amounting to the deaths of many thousands of pigeons.

The ANRPB therefore appeals to decision makers to place the “best interests of our birds’

health and welfare” and the best long term interests of our sport at the forefront in their

decision making process with the knowledge that a vaccine for Rota virus will most likely be

available well before the commencement of the 2018 Racing Season.

Yours sincerely

For and on behalf of the Australian National Racing Pigeon Board Incorporated.

Stephen Eggleton

Chair – ANRPB Inc.


Photographic information on the symptoms of the current Pigeon ROTAVIRUS outbreak in Australia.

Some photographic and video information on the current ROTAVIRUS in Australia. Here are some photographs and a video showing the symptoms of this terrible disease that Australian pigeon fanciers are facing at the moment. Pigeon Media Australia is posting photographs, thanks to a fancier that is suffering from this terrible disease.

Pigeon Media Australia will not post photographs of dead animals as it is distasteful, alarming and may upset some viewers, yet we will post pictures of the said symptoms and pictures of sick animals in the interests of helping other fanciers who have not experienced the virus, a better view of what the virus situation does and what to look for to help inform the fancy.
The loft is a confirmed case of the current ROTAVIRUS These photographs show the condition of the droppings while the virus is going through the loft. If your birds have droppings like this, get them checked and tested by a vet immediately, you may have this virus in your loft.
Pigeon media Australia wishes to thank the fancier who supplied these photos to us. The identity of the fancier will remain anonymous.

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