The Pskov bald geese
In area of a water-meadow and valleys of inflow of lake Ilmen the big pastures are located. Here during all spring, summer and autumn period local geese were grazed. On the same grounds wild white-forehead geese landed and nested. Some part of these wild geese was tamed and got divorced together with local domestic geese. From crossing local domestic geese with tamed wild (white-forehead) also there were Pskov bald geese. Further, such local geese bred one "in itself", selected the best. Geese of this breed are known since 80th years of XIX century. They got divorced in the Pskov, Novgorod and Petersburg provinces. In 1919 the Pskov provincial ground management carried keep on revealing the best nests of the Pskov bald geese and their distribution to other farms. In 1921 these geese have received the diploma of the first degree at the Moscow exhibition of poultry farming, and in 1922 the big silver medal. At the Moscow exhibition of poultry farming in 1926 they have been awarded by a small gold medal.
Within war (1941-1945) this breed of geese has almost disappeared. The big merit in preservation and restoration of the Pskov bald geese belongs to Nikolay Kuznetsov. He managed to keep in an earth-house group of geese. This group was a basis for restoration of breed. Now, the small livestock of geese is present in Pskov and the nearest areas.
Features of the ex-terrier of the Pskov bald geese. ОDistinctive feature is the strongly pronounced white mark on a forehead, therefore the local population has nicknamed their "bald". The trunk is deep and wide, is horizontal put. A head is big, with a white stain on a forehead, a beak short, orange, with a small knob. A neck is short. An eye is big, brilliant, dark. A back is wide, direct, long. A breast is wide, convex. The torso is average, it is horizontal put, on a stomach there is a small fold. Wings are massive and well advanced. A tail is short, direct. Legs are short, strong, a shank is orange. Plumage is dense, grey, there are geese light grey plumage with the dark strip which is taking place on a neck. The majority of geese has a fold on a stomach.
The productive features of the geese. The Pskov geese are hardy, well use pastures and at a fattening give gentle, juicy, tasty meat. The geese well hatch out and carefully drive goslings. Average alive weight of males - 6-7,5 kg., females - 5-6,5 kg. An egg-laying qualities of geese low - 15-20 eggs. Under optimum conditions of feeding and the maintenance the egg-laying qualities reaches 30 eggs. Average weight of eggs - 180 grammes. A sexual maturity of a goose reach at 10-month's age. Biological feature of the Pskov bald geese, as well as other local breeds, their good fitness to local conditions, high viability in extensive conditions of the maintenance is. The Pskov bald geese differ good meat qualities and are capable to a fattening. Under optimum conditions of feeding and the maintenance the alive weight of young growth reached 3,8-4,0 kg to 60-day's age. Geese are good morthers, deductibility of goslings reaches 70 %.
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