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The Journal has long been an important part of the pigeon sport in this country. It is a vehicle by which all pigeon fanciers can learn and hopefully improve their pigeons and performances, acknowledge the performances of others, express views and ideas for the future development of the sport, and keep up to date with the goings on of the pigeon fraternity. These in my mind are the four principles on which the success of the Pigeon Journal have been built and these principles and purposes remain intact to this day.
The Journal was founded in 1993 by Mr Bill Wells on the belief that not everyone was getting a fair go in the existing publications. He was suceeded by Mr Richard Clingan in 1997 who remained as editor for the next decade. Editorship passed to current Editor Mr Jeff Howell at the beginning of 2007.
Jeff has been involved with pigeon racing since the age of 7. After flying two years as a Junior with the Goulburn Valley Pigeon Club other things took priority for a few years. He returned to racing in 2002 spending three years racing with the Box Hill Homing Club in the Victorian Homing Association. A move to back to Shepparton in 2005 saw Jeff winning the Shepparton and Districts Pigeon Club Aggregate that season.
More recently Jeff moved to Albury/Wodonga on the Victorian/NSW border and now races with the Albury Pigeon Club as part of the Northern Districts Invitation Combine(NDIC). The first season in Albury saw a good start with his team of 30 pigeons winning three races and the Short Distance Aggregate.
2014 saw the loft broken into with 10 stock hens being stolen. Fortunately the cocks were housed elsewhere at the time. After years of work to produce a family of pigeons to lose them in this manner was disappointing.
Jeff is a small team flyer generally breeding 65 youngsters each season. Jeff also enjoys the history of the sport and has a large collection of pigeon books and memorabilia. Below are pictured a few of Jeff's favorite birds from over the years.

Left is 4906(Ince/Tournier) the foundation cock of Jeff's family and prolific producer. Center is 2841 a son of 4906 which placed 1st Combine 200 miles and 2nd Combine 300 miles and has been a prolific producer himself. Right 28110 (Janssen) VHA Double Fed Cock.
Left 28186 was 1st Club 500 miles as was his daughter a few years later. Center two half brothers which arrived together to place 2nd Fed from 400 miles, one a son of 4906 and the other a son of 2841 Right 3rd(=1st) Coonamble Open 2016 400 miles a daughter of 28110 and granddaughter of 4806.