Geese: Semois Goose

Geese: Semois Goose

Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics

Origin: Belgium.
Extinct breed.

Breed from the Semois Basin, Belgium; like the duck of the same name, it was a goose without standards and probably has now disappeared. In fact, today there is no news on this matter, but only a laconic description. Loca di Semois was small: 5 kg for the male and 4 kg for the female. The plumage was generally white in the male, while the female was white with a gray head and back. From this it is clear that it was a race with a marked sexual dimorphism; nevertheless, it was never carefully selected and, indeed, neglected until it was extinguished. Belgium has shown little interest in the breeding of geese and the relative selection of breeds of these birds. Flemish Loca is in serious danger of extinction and Vire and Ton loca was miraculously recovered only in the 90s of the last century. Too bad the same intervention is not attempted for Semois.
The Semois (or Semoy in the French section; Sesbach in German; Simwès in the valley) is a 210 km long river that rises near Arlon in Belgium, enters France at the height of the village of Les Hautes-Rivières to throw itself into the Meuse in Monthermé.

Morphological characteristics

Cut it: small.
Medium weight:
- Male a. 5 kg
- Female a. 4 Kg

White coat in the male, while the female was white with a gray head and back.

Thanks to Francesco Silletta

The Semois river near Bouillon (photo Jean-Pol Grandmont)

Video: Geese Fly Together. National Geographic (January 2022).