A family-run business that sets new standards – through experience, quality and innovation.
Premium quality, customer service and partnership – Schropper has embodied these values for more than 85 years. Our expertise is based on decades of experience, during which we have grown to become the largest poultry farmers in Austria. We offer everything here from a single source: parent stock, hatchery, and pullet breeding. For us, compliance with strictest hygiene and quality standards is a matter of course.
Together with leading manufacturers, we develop innovative poultry housing solutions and set new standards with regard to flexibility, safety and versatility. Computer-controlled air conditioning and ventilation, modular poultry housing constructions and automated collecting, sorting and packaging systems make us your ideal partner.
The company history in brief
In 1930, the grandparents of the current proprietor Walter Schropper founded a poultry farm in Weissenbach, adding a hatchery in 1938. In the 1950s, Walter’s parents Richard and Maria Schropper constructed what are now the main premises in Aue.
Due to competition and changing market conditions, poultry farming underwent a major transformation in the 1960s. The new focus, which continues to form the basis for the industry to this day, combines scientific findings with practical experience. Schropper GmbH in Aue is regarded throughout Europe as one of the most modern businesses of its kind.
We collaborate closely with manufacturers to optimise our poultry housing on an ongoing basis. Together with our partners, we also develop pioneering strategies for hygiene and for breeding and feeding our animals.
Important dates in the history of the company
1930 Egg farm founded • 1938 First hatchery is opened
1954 Purchase of the premises in Aue (current headquarters)
1976 Purchase of the Fondsgut pullet farm in Lichtenwörth – for approx. 120,000 pullets
1989 Construction of the new hatchery in Aue, with total capacity for 588,000 eggs
1990 Walter Schropper becomes managing director
1997 First poultry farm to receive ISO 9001 certification
2003 Hatchery expanded, increasing capacity to 1,100,000 eggs
2005 Pool of sub-contracted breeders increased from 20 to 28 enterprises
2006 Addition of a hatching eggs supply business, involving increase in parent stock to a total of 47,000 parent animals.
2003-09 Breeding and rearing facilities extended, plus transition from battery cages to aviaries. Total number of breeding spaces: approx. 750,000
2009 Hatchery renovated and extended to include state-of-the-art breeding technology for a total of 1.5 million eggs
2010 Hatchery further extended to increase capacity to 1.7 million eggs. Parent stock capacities increased to 83,000 parent animals.
2011 Acquisition of new pullet breeders, bringing the total of sub-contracted enterprises to 33 and the number of spaces in aviaries to more than 1 million
We’re more than ready for the next 85 years!