White goose farmers are scattered and it is difficult to find this product at market stalls. Nowadays, CREGENE is responsible for creating links between farmers and for monitoring these animals.
This countryside goose led to the creation of the goose skin industry in Poitou. Plucked of feathers and down, then tanned, the ‘flock of swans’, so named as they resemble this bird’s coat, are used to make rice powder puffs, linings for children’s clothing and theatre costumes.
This activity was very important around 1830 in Poitiers where ‘renowned goose skins’ were sold. This average-sized web-footed bird with large shoulders and weighing 6 to 9kg as an adult is characterised by its pure white feathers, yellow/orange beak and tarsus and its blue eyes. Its flavoursome meat provides is truly delicious. The goose is also farmed for its meat. In Vienne, it is prepared in two different ways: Mirebeau and Vivonne goose stew and Loudun goose braised in red wine.