The Toulouse are a old breed that originated in France and was specially bred for a dish called fois gras, “Goose Liver”. They are a heavy breed that can easily reach weights of up to 30 lbs or more. Toulouse don’t reach their full size and girth until they are 3-5 years old. They mainly come in Grey, but also come in a color called Buff. "Only 654 standard Toulouse, and only six primary breeding flocks." are recorded in survey data according to the Amercian Livestock Breeds Conservancy, and even rarer yet are the Buff Toulouse who make up less then 15% of the Toulouse population.
My main objective is to breed and conserve Toulouse. I will be breeding 8 geese this 2011 Spring, with 2 ganders. I am fortunate to own and have hatched two Buff Toulouse and they will be part of a trio this year. I ship eggs across the US to other breeders interested in this cause and many more Buff Toulouse have been hatched from my birds in other states. I show my birds locally and at the Pacific Poultry show in Stockton, the one of the biggest shows on this side of the US, every January.
Holderread's Elite show stock. Depending on hatch rates and demand goslings from this stock may be limited.
I'm very proud of my buff toulouse this year. They are both great quality and are sweethearts!
Awards (At Stockton PPBA show 2011)
Jr Grand Champion Goose
Jr Reserve Grand Champion Goose
Jr Grand Champion Heavy Goose
Jr Reserve Grand Champion Heavy Goose
BB, BV, RV, RB