Danish Landrace Goose

Danish landrace goose, indigenous to Denmark, is regarded as a hardy bird with low reproduction rate.

Danish Landrace Goose
Danish Landrace Goose

Quick Information

Other Names Danish Goose
Physical Characteristics Medium sized goose
Plumage Colors Gray variety – Orange legs and beak with blue eyes

Gray mottled or white variety – Grey head, inner wings, and back with the rest of the body being sparkling white

Purposes Meat production
Weight About 6 kg when full grown
Country of Origin Denmark
Danish Landrace Gooses
Danish Landrace Gooses

History and Development

The breed is believed to have emerged from the Scandinavian wild gray geese. It is learned from archaeological remains that the goose was a preferred poultry item among Vikings. It was also the most popular poultry, and the only goose bred in Denmark till the end of the 17th century. The Vikings used the bird for its eggs and meat while its feathers were used for arrows.

Danish Landrace Goose Images
Danish Landrace Goose Images

The breed was on the verge of extinction at the end of the 20th century but, a sincere breeding program helped the species to survive. A limited number of Danish Landrace Geese exists today, with only 50 herds registered in 2006.

Danish Landrace Goose Pictures
Danish Landrace Goose Pictures
Danish Goose
Danish Goose

Interesting Fact

  • The goose is a traditional item on the dinner table for St. Martin’s Day in Denmark.
  • Its feathers were commonly used for manufacturing quills.

 

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