The Pigeon Vitality Management team

Pigeon Vitality was founded in 2001 be Dr. Frode Brakstad.

The management team of Pigeon Vitality:  Frode, Else, Marianne, Martin and Jim, -  are all dedicated fanciers, as well as they are specialists in marketing, electronic media, nutrients, product formulation and chemistry. A fine combination of passion for our beloved sport and neccessary competence to provide and develope beneficial products for racing pigeons. We develop products that we as fanciers need to get our pigeons performing at their best. Only after throughly testing in labratories, in our and and our partners loft, and if we see an enchanted performance result, we launch them as part of the Pigeon Vitality product series.

Frode Brakstad (2001 -) Picture showing Frode studying one of his Ace-pigeon returning from race

Frode has been a fancier since the age of 12, and pigeon sport has been his no. 1 interest since then . At present he race pigeons in Denmark  together with his friend Aage Møller Jensen.

They race under the team-name "Jensen & Brakstad, 068" in the region of North-West Jutland, the section 053 of the Danish Racing Pigeon Association.

They have been very successful since their start up as team before the 2010 season, and the years since they have been among the most-winning loft in their region with respect to ace pigeons and championships, both sprint, medium distance and long distance races. 

Strains are basically Louis Deleus, Flor Vervoort, De Rauw Sablon and Jan Arden (Kees de Baas), although other top birds have been introduced as well.  See our articles on on ad other artices on this web site for the winning details.

Frode held a Ph.D in Chemistry, and folllowing his position as R & D manager in the Hydro Agri Animal Nutrition group, he developed and patented the Pigeon Vitality Product "Improver," and since then all the other products in the Pigeon Vitality series.

He founded the Pigeon Vitality company in 2001, and still innovation, field experience , a good network with many fanciers and scientists all over the world, results in new performance enchanting products being launched. 

Frode has also always been an active person within organisational work to be done in the club, section and federation, among his positions are member of the board (2008-9) and president (2009-13) of the Norwegion Racing Association (NBF) and the Scandinavian Racing Pigeon Association (2012-13).

In 2012 he achived a medal og honor for his enthusiastic work through the years at both federation - and national level.

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Else Brakstad (2001- Else in a relaxing moment, in a nutritional conference, surrounded by beautiful Norwegian nature.

Else has a grip on most of what goes on in the company, and in particular sale, strategy and products developments since the start of the company in 2001.

Her educational background is chemistry with a special depth study on nutritional matters. 

Running her own activities as human nutritional advisor , she is a library on nutritional matters and a useful source for the ongoing product develpment and as provider for R&D references on birds and pigeons. 

Else is married to Frode and do help in the administration and training of the racing pigeons of Jensen& Brakstad.

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Martin Hansen Manstrup (2012- Martin with one of his ace pigeons.. (scared by MartinsT-shirt?)

Martin works with sales and marketing since the beginning of 2012.

He works with the marketing strategy of the company as well as the coordination of sale world-wide.

Martin lives in Denmark where he is married to Kristin from Norway.

In the pigeon sport Martin is in companionchipn with his younger brother Christian – and they form together M&C Hansen.

Since 1998 they have developed and administrated one of the most well known websites in the pigeon sport at

Pigeon sport is their passion and their dedication for the sport gives them top results every year.

Their foundation strains are the De Klak and Van Loon pigeons for the middle and longdistance mixed with other families like Casaert, Drapa, Stieneker etc. They are always looking for new lines – and have a good sense for it – that’s why M&C Hansen also created the GvW Denmark – a breeding center with a fantastic collection of Gaston Van De Wouwer pigeons.

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Jim Savage (2013- Jim Savage

Jim joined the Pigeon Vitality team in February 2013. He is responsive for business development, marketing and sale particulary in the UK market. 





Amy Xiang (2013/ 7- ) Amy Xiang

Amy is responsible for the development of Chinese market since the July 2013.

She just graduated in 2012, and then worked at Stanley works. After one year’s working, she quit her job and decided to do something on her own. She begins to start pigeon business when she was in college as a translator. Now it has been four years since she begin to helpEuropean fanciers sell pigeons to China.

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Marianne Walente (2011- Picture  showing Marianne with three of hers numerous prizes won with her and Snorres pigeons.

Marianne Walente works with Social Media & Website Management since fall 2011.

She lives in Oslo, Norway, together with her fiancé, Snorre and their three children. In the pigeon sport they fly together as Snorre & Marianne (Lindberg & Walente).  They have their own webpage, where they present their pigeons and results.

Their passion and dedication for their pigeons and the sport is show in their results. For the last four years (2009 - 2012) they have been 1st – 1st – 2nd – 1st in the National overall championship, and that’s just one of the championships they have won, they have also been on top in the following national championships: -Sprint, -Shortdistanse, -  Middledistance, -  Longdistance, Yearlings, Ace Cock, Ace hen, Sprinter of the year and 1st Scandinavian Ace Young Bird. In 2013 they got 16th price in the South Africa Million Dollar Pigeon Race Final Race with the pigeon "Dallas Texas," and the same year they won the FCI World Championship together with Snorre's father Jan Lindberg with the pigeon "Killer Bee."

Their foundation strain goes all the way back to racing pigeons from the Netherlands, from before WW2, they were crossed with pigeons from Alf Baker, Great Britain. They always try to improve their strain and in the last decade they’ve had Houben, Emiel Denys, Janssen, Rauw-Sablon etc. 

They have always been users of the great Pigeon Vitality products since 2001.

Marianne is also web editor for the Norwegian racing pigeon’s national webpage.

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