Union Agricole Holding AG
An der Mühlenau 4
25421 Pinneberg

Tel. +49 4101 218-1500
Fax +49 4101 218-1699



The history of the UNION HOLDING COMPANY AGRICOLE begins with the foundation of the H. Wilhelm Schaumann
GmbH in 1938. The core area of the mineral and active substance production with intensive research and
Development gave the impulse for the expansion of the business divisions.
Karte mit Beraterregionen

1938 - The Vision

This is the year when the first company of the SCHAUMANN Group was started with the production of vitamin concentrates from cod liver oil and fish oil for use in animal nutrition. Fishery by-products were in plentiful supply at that time and the demand for high quality feed for farm animals was strong.

H. Wilhelm Schaumann is successful and continues working towards his vision, namely progress in agricultural production through supplementation of livestock diets with vitamins other agents


1948 - The SCHAUMANN-Concept

H. Wilhelm Schaumann develops the innovative SCHAUMANN Concept of home-produced feedingstuffs supplemented with SCHAUMANN products to help farmers "breed success". Customers benefit from individual technical advice. 

The first issue of the in-house magazine for farmers "Tierernährung" ("Animal Nutrition"), the precursor of "Erfolg im Stall" ("Schaumann Breeds Success"), is published.

Gut Huelsenberg

1953 - Acquisition of the Hülsenberg estate

The company acquires the Hülsenberg estate and turns it into an experimental farm. This provides optimal conditions for field trials and SCHAUMANN is now able to establish a close link between production and research.


1959 - Moving towards modern animal production

The efficiency of livestock production is increased substantially through innovations such as the first HF crosses in cattle and the introduction of artificial insemination for pigs.


1961 - Subsidiary set up in Austria

In order to establish the successful SCHAUMANN animal feeding concept in German-speaking countries and the eastern states, a company is founded on the outskirts of Vienna and a small company is set up. Since then, this has become the market leader for advanced feeding systems in Austria.

Schaumann Schweiz

1964 - Subsidiary set-up in Switzerland


1965 - "Hülsenberger Gespräche" - a scientific workshop on progress in agriculture, is held for the first time.

The success of the exchange of qualified experts and scientists to the 25th anniversary of the SCHAUMANN anniversary celebration in 1963 was the occasion for the birth of the Hülsenberger Gespräche, which take place in a 2-year cycle as an exchange with the agricultural research company.


1966 - Foundation of Union Agricole Holding AG

Union Agricole Holding AG is set up as a holding company for the different activities of the SCHAUMANN Group.


1967 - Creation of the H. Wilhelm Schaumann Foundation

The foundation is established to promote agricultural sciences and the development of animal nutrition and livestock farming. It supports interdisciplinary research, promotes young scientists and serves communication.

1972 Purchase of the Taufkirchen production plant (Austria)
1974 construction of the administrative building in Pinneberg

1972 - Purchase of the Taufkirchen production plant

   1974 - Construction of the administrative building in Pinneberg


1979 - Construction of the SCHAUMANN Feuchtwangen production plant

The increasing demand for SCHAUMANN products in Germany has made it possible to meet South German demand through local, near-market production. The production plant for mineral feed in Feuchtwangen is being built and put into operation in 1979.


1984 - Foundation of the ISF Schaumann Forschung

ISF Schaumann Forschung is founded on the deepening and structuring of research activities. The company, newly established in Wahlstedt, is active in the field of nutritional physiology and animal nutrition.


1985 - Acquisition of HAKRA in Hamburg (Hanseatische Kraftfutterwerke)

At the Hamburg site, high-quality power feeds for breeding pigs, piglets and fattening pigs is produced.


1993 - Commissioning of the SCHAUMANN plant in Eilsleben


Subsidiary set-up in the Czech Republic - SCHAUMANN CR s.r.o
Subsidiary set-up in Slovakia - SCHAUMANN slovensko

    1994 - Acquisition of Lactosan GmbH & Co. KG in Austria


1999 - Subsidiary set-up in Poland


2000 - BONSILAGE range of silage additives

H. Wilhelm Schaumann GmbH launches its proprietary BONSILAGE range of biological silage additives.


2003 - Progress through probiotics

Owing to far-sighted investments the SCHAUMANN research division has in-depth knowledge in the area of probiotics. The probiotic BONVITAL for pigs and the new SCHAUMALAC product line were launched successfully. The ban on antibiotic growth promoters in pig diets vindicates the decision taken by SCHAUMANN a decade earlier.


2004 - Construction of the LIGRANA production plant

The state-of-the-art acid mixing plant produces a variety of acid-based preservatives, supplementary feedstuffs and feed additive mixtures for agriculture.


     20th aniversary of the Hülsenberger Gespräche


2006 - Innovations

The most recent innovation by the SCHAUMANN research team is the SILASIL ENERGY range of biological silage additives designed specifically for energy plants used in biogas production.



Subsidiary set-up in:  
Hungary - H. Wilhelm Schaumann Tierfutter GmbH
France  - Schaumann France SARL


2007 - Foundation of the following companies:


Schaumann BioEnergy GmbH in Germany
Schaumann BioEnergy GmbH & Co. KG in Austria
Schaumann OOO Agri Russia


2008 - Construction of a 750 kW biogas plant on the Hülsenberg estate

The growing demand of SCHAUMANN customers for solutions for the optimization of biogas plants leads to the development, production, and sale of products for the preparation of a large number of biogas-producing substrates and to optimize the fermentation processes in biogas production.


2009 – Subsidiary set-up:


SCHAUMANN Agri d.o.o. in Croatia
SCHAUMANN Agri UA in Ukraine



2010 - Outsourcing of the divisions "Renewable Energies" and Biotechnology into separate Holding-Structures


Subsidiary set-up:
Schaumann Agri SRL in Romania
Schaumann Italia srl in Italy
Schaumann Agri Trading (Shanghai) Co Ltd in China


2011 - Realignment of the Huelsenberger Zuchtschweine GmbH (breeding pigs)

After 45 years of breeding history the selective breeding in the reproduction plants of the Huelsenberger Zuchtschweine GmbH is terminated. The sales department remains available for customer support and as an agent for breeding pigs (danish genetics)


2012 - Launch of the AMINOTRACE trace elements

The unique organically bound AMINOTRACE trace elements developed and produced by ISF Schaumann Forschung.


2013 - Relocation of the ISF Schaumann Forschung

to the brand new laboratory and technical complex built on Gut Huelsenberg

   Expansion of the board of directors into four division:

  • Chairmanship of the board
  • Research and development
  • Production and logistics
  • Sales and Distribution

2014 - Innovations

  • RUMIVITAL – the innovative ferment product for increasing the nutrient
    conversion of feed rations in dairy cows.

  • AKTIMAG – the magnesium-glycine compound complements the successful organically bound AMINOTRACE trace elements. It optimally meets the
    requirements of magnesium even in difficult metabolic situations.

2015 - Subsidiary set-up in Vietnam:

   Schaumann Vietnam Company Limited


2016 - Innovation: AMINOTRACE-Lysinate

EU approval of the first and, to date, only developments of organically bound trace elements based on lysine chelates for all animal species. The AMINOTRACE copper and zinc lysates supplement the program of the AMINOTRACE glycinates for an even better availability of the trace elements and thus higher performance with less effort. The use also influences the lysine supplement.

BONSILAGE Relaunch in 2017

2017 - Innovation: BONSILAGE silage additives

New BONSILAGE programme: BONSILAGE BASIC for measurably higher feed quality, BONSILAGE SPEED ensiles measurably faster and BONSILAGE FIT for measurably more cow fitness.

With Lactobacillus diolivorans in BONSILAGE SPEED G and M, a completely new heterofermentative lactic acid bacterial strain selected by SCHAUMANN with a unique metabolism and synergistic effect, ensures a shortening of the silo maturation period down to 2 weeks.

Relaunch des SCHAUMANN Logos


  • Relaunch of the Schaumann-Logo
  • MiZi. Introduction of micronized zinc oxide. The mere mechanical processing of ZnO increases the surface area and activates the molecular structure. MiZi thus already shows additional functional properties in supplements in the area permitted by feed law, comparable to the effect of pharmacological dosages of ZnO.
  • RINDAVITAL BALANCE - Rindavital Balance – rumen-protected amino acids for compatible high performance. They increase the conversion of used feed nitrogen, saves space, relieve the cow’s metabolism of the cow and improve the performance.