Danish landrace goose

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The Danish Goose. These are of the grey mottled variation.

Danish landrace goose or Danish goose (Danish language: dansk landgås) is a landrace variety of goose native to Denmark.

Description

The Danish goose is available in two variants, gray and gray mottled. It is a medium sized goose, with a weight of about 6 kg when fully developed. The beak and legs of The Danish goose are a sharp orange colour and the eyes are blue. Interbreeding often results in brown eyes though. The gray mottled variant is also referred to as white, as only the head, back and inner wings are grey coloured, while the rest is brightly white. The Danish goose has only one køl below the belly. The goose is considered a hardy bird and the breeds' main productional strength is its ability to produce a low-fat carcass with a lot of meat. It is a slow growing bird however, with small clutches and a low reproduction rate. Therefore the Danish goose has fallen out of favor in modern agricultural production.[1]

History

The Danish goose was bred from wild animals in ancient times and is thought to have emerged from Scandinavian wild grey geese. From archaeological remains we know that The Danish goose was a popular poultry of the Vikings and was in fact the most popular poultry and only goose bred in Denmark up until the end of the 17th century, when a land reform changed the agrarian practices. Apart from the meat and eggs, the Vikings used the feathers from this goose breed as steering feathers for arrows.[2]

The Danish goose also used to provide downs and feathers for quills.[1] Goose is traditionally served for dinner on Mortensaften (St. Martin's Day) in Denmark.

Conservation status

At the end of the 20th century, the Danish landrace goose was on the brink of extinction, but a dedicated breeding program helped the species survive. There are only a limited number of the old Danish geese today, with only 50 herds registered as of 2006, and it is preferably at open air museums they can be experienced.[1]

See also

References

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  2. Hans Jacob Schou. "Gåsen var et populært husdyr i Vikingetiden [The goose was a popular livestock in the Viking Age]". danske-dyr.dk (in Danish). ConDidact. Retrieved 19 April 2015.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> A Danish educational site (about animals) for school children.

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