Brecon Buff

Brecon Buff geese

Key Characteristics

Birds have an alert and active nature. They are hardy and good grazers. 

History

  • Rhys Llewellyn noticed in the area of the Brecon Beacons, in 1929, what he took to be buff ‘sports’ within a flock of grey and white geese.
  • From one of these females, crossed with an Embden gander, he obtained progeny that were all grey. A gander from the hatch was kept back and, in 1930, mated with two buff females from elsewhere. Several buff goslings were produced, and by 1933 the Brecon geese were breeding 70% true to type and colour. By 1934 this rose to 100%.
  • The Standard was first published in 1934 in The Feathered World, and in the 1954 in the British Poultry Standards.

Appearance

  • The Brecon Buff is a medium weight breed with males of 16 – 20 lbs and females, 14 – 18 lbs.
  • The plumage is a deep buff with markings similar to the Toulouse and American Buff goose. 
  • Bills and legs should be pink. Many birds are see with orange bills but this is not correct. 

Uses

Meat

Brecon Buffs are quite slow growing do not make as big birds as some other breeds. They are however quite thrifty and will do well in free range systems with protection from predators. 

Did you know?

The Brecon Buff was one of the first goose breeds to be standardised. 

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