Production Practices

A variety of management systems are used for geese, depending on the country and the product of interest. It was once believed that the birds had to be at least partially maintained outdoors. A growing number of operations are raising their geese intensively, with no access to pasture. In Europe 10 to 20% of all the meat geese are being produced intensively. The birds may be kept on deep litter or slatted floors. A much smaller percentage of the geese kept for egg production are housed intensively with supplemental lighting. That figure is 5% or less in Europe (Metzer, personal communication, 1999). The birds kept for foie gras production are kept in a more restricted housing system during the period of intense feeding.

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