Bavarian landrace goose
Anser anser dom.
- FamilyDucks, geese, and swans (Anatidae)
- Weight4 – 6 kg
As herbivores, geese play an important role in rural landscape conservation. Up until the 1950s, large flocks of Bavarian landrace geese were employed as grazing animals for the countryside. However with the increasing demand for meat and goose breeds introduced for mass livestock farming, the Bavarian landrace goose gradually disappeared from livestock production.
The Bavarian landrace goose’s pied grey and white plumage is a trait also found in the closely related greylag goose. The two also display similar behaviour in the wild. Although capable of flying, both tend to remain loyal to their favourite location. The Bavarian landrace goose is a popular farm animal in Upper Bavaria, Franconia and the Upper Palatinate, particularly for its tasty meat and nutritious eggs.
The goose’s beak is covered with a tactile, waxy skin called cere. Only the tip features a hard horny plate called a nail.