Goose breeding

Innovative breeding products with excellent, reliable productivity and good health – this is what the Eskildsen brand stands for. It is not without reason that the breeding and fattening performance of our geese enjoy the highest international regard. Our scientifically managed breeding base guarantees market orientated and genetically top-quality goslings with optimal productivity characteristics.

The high reproductive performance of Eskildsen’s animals ensures plannable availability of goslings for fattening – vital for a fully intergrated production chain. Reliable breeding quality that pays off!

IFTA certification
IFTA AG is a certification authority for food safety, quality and environmental management systems and product testing. It has been accredited according to DIN EN 45011 and 17021.



Breeding geese

Within the framework of our hybrid breeding programme goslings are processed which were developed from economically proven breeds. We thereby offer breeding geese with the greatest possible profitability – a reliable guarantee for extremely high production.

Our product promise: through systematic crossbreeding we offer parents that are characterized by high reproduction and the excellent fattening performance of their offspring. Eskildsen animals impress with their healthy vitality, optimal growth and excellent flesh development.


Fattened geese & goslings

Fattened geese
It is with good reason that ever more goose producers are placing their trust in our animals. They are characterized by stable health and excellent performance such as a favourable meat to fat ratio and a high percentage of valuable parts with a large amount of breast meat.

Our product promise: intensity of growth, flesh development and feed efficiency of geese for fattening is continuously optimised through well-directed exploitation of hybrid effects – with top vitality and high levels of adaptability.

A long tradition of goose breeding and keeping – something all our sites in Saxony have in common. This is because the surroundings with its natural abundance of grassland and waters offers the best conditions for maturing healthily. In addition, cleanliness and hygiene on the farms play a great role in successful rearing.

Our staff put their heart and soul into ensuring goose orientated keeping and care for the animals – and that for more than 20 years. The result: with more than half a million goslings bred yearly, we are now one of the market leaders in Germany of those who rear their animals close to nature.


Research and development

Geese have been bred consistently and continuously at our renowned base breeding operation in Königswartha, near Bautzen in Upper Lusatia, since 1982 in accordance with the line hybrid breeding process. The special breeding farm is economically and organizationally integrated into the entire goose meat production at Eskildsen. This ensures the smooth transfer of advances in breeding to parents and animals for fattening.

At the base breeding operation we have staff with years of expertise in the area of goose breeding – with scientific advice from Dr. Karl-Heinz Schneider (Leipzig University). Species orientated free range keeping ensures the harmony of the selection and production environment. The breeding animals, whether parents or those for fattening, are therefore predestined for free range keeping. At the same time we support higher agrobiodiversity for the preservation of old goose breeds.

Breeding result
With the development of our line hybrid breeding programme we are reacting to customers’ special requests and changing market requirements – flexibly and according to needs. The high reproduction performance of parents ensures the plannable availability of goslings for fattening. Our robust and easy to fatten breeding products ‘Eskildsen heavy’ and ‘Eskildsen super heavy’ dominate the domestic and international gosling markets.

Management programme
Our exclusive offer for international customers: the Eskildsen management programme offers informed guidance and support on all questions of nutrition, feeding and animal health as well as the requirements for keeping the animals.

As a special service we offer our customers individual expert advice – according to personal needs, on site, by phone or online.



10_2012 Hatchery Practice PDF Family business concentrates on geese
10_2011 Hatchery Practice PDF Breeding for fertility in geese
Line hybrid breeding process at Eskildsen Gänsezucht GmbH
10_2009 Hatchery Practice PDF Goose breeding at a high genetic level
Superior genetic stock for domestic and international goose producers