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Fort  Sutter  Racing  Pigeon  Club
presents a very rare opportunity

Shewmaker Genetics Moving Sale Part 2

When:   January 5th (Sunday) 2020

The Fort Sutter Clubhouse
  3235 23rd Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95820

Birds on display:  9:30 AM       Auction: 11:00 AM

Lunch to follow the auction

All paid birds not picked up at the auction will be shipped out
as soon as possible (most likely Monday January 6th)

Dave Shewmaker doesn't sell many pigeons. As a professional geneticist, his focus for the last 33 years has instead been on working to improve the gene pools of his various families. Unfortunately for Dave, he has moved and he must drastically reduce the size of his breeding operation. After culling over 50% of his birds, he was left with a very select group, but still had more than he could accommodate at his new place, so he had an auction (Shewmaker Genetics Moving Sale (Part 1) February 24, 2019). He has now completed his move, but has down sized the new lofts even further. So, he still has more birds than he wants to keep. The birds in this auction are birds that he would absolutely have kept for himself if he had not moved and decided to reduce the size of his breeding operation. Many of the birds in this auction would never have been allowed to leave his loft under ordinary circumstances.

The Shewmaker breeding program is somewhat unique in the pigeon sport:

  • All birds are bred in individual pens to allow for accurate pedigrees
  • Over 750 birds are tested each year in his unique Contemporary Group Testing Program. Details of his testing program are at:
  • Families are fastidiously kept straight and (with only rare exception when there is a specific reason) cross bred birds are not bred back into the family. You can get an idea of his breeding philosophy from:
  • His families were acquired sparing no expense. The dozen families he maintains today were the best from over 35 families that he acquired and then tested over the past 33 years.
  • His 7 generation pedigree is unlike any other in the sport
  • He has done extensive DNA testing for the LDHA and DRD4 genes, having tested over 2,000 birds. There will be birds in the auction that carry BOTH the A allele for LDHA and the CT or TC allele for the DRD4 gene. These are incredibly rare! If you are not familiar with this new but very important topic, you can read about it on slides 32 to 48 from his 2016 AU seminar materials:

Birds in this auction will:

  • be 100% straight bred (no crosses) from his Janssen, Hofken, Hollywood, Zootjens, Jan Aarden, Jos Joosen, Stichelbaut, Delbar, Imbrecht and Van Loon lines (and perhaps a few from some other families)
  • come with a 7 generation pedigree (to the extent that the information is known)
  • not be older than 2014 (there may be some free birds attached to certain lots that are older. In other words, special birds that may still breed a few good ones may be gifted to buyers of specified lots).
  • be vaccinated for PMV.

Specific information on the lots for the auction will be posted on or about December 15th 2019.

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