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SAATEN-UNION GmbH was founded in 1965 and is an association of seven medium-sized German plant-breeding enterprises with more than 100 years of breeding experience behind them.

SAATEN-UNION UK represent these breeders, initially by screening and testing varieties under UK conditions. Promising lines are then developed and studied so further information can be obtained to be utilised by farmers and agronomists.

Meet Our Team

We are a motivated professional team with many years’ experience in agriculture and crop trials.  Our goal is to produce the best data we can to help in the selection of new varieties for our UK growers.  SAATEN-UNION UK firmly believe that we are ‘Breeding for the Future’.

Cereal Product Manager

Stephen Goward

Technical Director

BSc in Agriculture,
HND in General Agriculture, 
Nebosh – National General Certificate Level 3 in Occupational Health and Safety
BASIS – Certificate of Competency, Beta
NPTC – PA 1,2A, 9, 11.

I am an enthusiastic agriculturist and have a passion for field trials and trials machinery. I must admit to liking tractors as well.

Kevin Jay

Trials & Seed Product Manager

BASIS Professional register

Responsible for all the field operations at Saaten Union UK. Including Trials, micro-plots and multiplications.

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Our Heritage

For over 50 years, the seven breeders of SAATEN-UNION have been working to give farmers throughout Europe a perspective for the future. Today, the SAATEN-UNION
brand stands for countless groundbreaking breeding successes.

But the world keeps on turning. The situation for farmers is becoming increasingly difficult. Extreme weather, crop protection and fertilizer restrictions threaten yields. Day after day, SAATEN-UNION breeders are working on the varieties of the future.

With currently 26 crop types and 280 situation-adapted varieties, SAATEN-UNION helps farmers throughout Europe to increase their yields under all conditions. And thus secure their future.

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Meet Elsoms Our Sales Partner

Meet Elsoms Our Sales Partner

Since 2013 SAATEN-UNION UK have been in partnership with Elsoms. Elsoms are a family-owned independent plant breeding and technology company whose ethos very much matches those of the SAATEN-UNION shareholders.

SAATEN-UNION and Elsoms work as a team to provide screening and trials, product management and sales and marketing to our customers and growers in the UK.


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