Structures/opinion formation

The ZDG is the umbrella organisation for the professions across the entire German poultry industry. The members are organised into: 

Bundesverband bäuerlicher Hähnchenerzeuger e.V.

Bundesverband der Geflügelschlachtereien e.V. 

Bundesverband Deutsches Ei e.V. 

Verband Deutscher Putenerzeuger e.V. 

Regional associations as special interest groups 

The organs of the association consist of the management board, the coordinating advisory board and the specialist divisions. 

The management board is comprised of the President, Mr. Leo Graf von Drechsel, and 12 other members. The members of the management board are elected by the general meeting of the coordinating advisory board (meeting of members) for a term of 3 years. In order to reflect all the interests of the production chain levels represented in the ZDG, specialist divisions have been created, which are managed of the management board of the respective association. 

Members of the management board:

President: Leo Graf von Drechsel

Vice-President: Günter Scheper

Vice-President: Thomas Storck

Vice-President: Friedrich-Otto Ripke 

Vice-President: Bernd Kalvelage

Vice-President: Rainer Wendt 

Bernd Adleff, Hermann Albers, Ewald Drebing, Claus Eilers-Rethwisch, Lorenz Eskildsen, Karl-Frieder Kottsieper, Hans Thomas Freiherr von Meerheimb, Hartmut Lohse, Dirk Wesjohann, Paul-Heinz Wesjohann.
Honorary President: Karl Magnus Graf Leutrum von Ertingen 

Coordinating advisory board:
The following persons sit on the coordinating advisory board: the President, the Chairmen of the specialist divisions and the regional associations as well as the six delegates of the four specialist areas of rearing laying hens, broilers, poultry slaughterers and turkey production. The managing directors of the regional associations and the other members sit on the meetings of the coordinating advisory board, and have an advisory vote. 

Specialist divisions:
1. Division: Laying hen rearing

    Management Board Bundesverband Deutsches Ei e.V.

2. Division: Broilers

    Management Board Bundesverband bäuerlicher Hähnchenerzeuger e.V.

3. Division: Poultry slaughterers

    Management Board Bundesverband der Geflügelschlachtereien e.V.

4. Division: turkey production
    Verband Deutscher Putenerzeuger e.V.


The official mouthpiece of the Zentralverband der Deutschen Geflügelwirtschaft e.V. (ZDG) is the magazine for the poultry industry and the pig rearing sector.

When the ZMP stopped reporting, the publisher, Ulmer Verlag, took the initiative and established a service division in order to fill the gap and continue reporting on the egg and poultry sectors.