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 collected to be used by farmers and agronomists.
“Züchtung ist Zukunft” (Breeding for the future) explains our strategy because seeds are the most basic elements for supplying people with a healthy variety of food and renewable resources.
Our sales and marketing partner in the UK is Elsoms Seeds Ltd. Elsoms Seeds Ltd is a family-owned seeds business who have a long history in agricultural and horticultural crops. They are based in Spalding.
This close collaboration has led to the formation of joint companies. Elsoms Wheat Ltd is a UK based wheat breeding company and is a joint venture between Elsoms Seeds and two of the Saaten Union members.
Elsoms Ackerman Barley was formed a few years ago and is another successful collaboration.
At our main trials site in Suffolk, we test new varieties from our German breeders as well as running official trials for BSPB (British Society of Plant Breeders) and for AHDB (Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board). We also have satellite trials sites around the country, our main one being in North Lincolnshire. More recently we have expanded our agronomy work in winter wheat, hybrid rye and spring oats at our Cowlinge site.
We currently complete 3rd party trialling programmes for other breeders at all our sites in the UK.