We have set benchmarks in chicken production for more than half a century with our Optigal value creation chain.


Micarna is the leading poultry specialist in Switzerland. Its name has stood for first-rate quality and a wide range of products for more than 50 years. From selection of the parent animals, the incubation of the eggs and rearing of the poultry, through processing and on to availability in stores, Micarna has the entire value creation chain in its own hands.

  • A look inside poultry

    Micarna’s Poultry Business Unit processes more than 37,000 tonnes annually. This corresponds to turnover of nearly 300 million francs. Have a look inside our operation. 

Poultry Business Unit subsidiaries
Micarna – Favorit Geflügel, Lyss

Founded in Kappelin in 1965, the company has belonged to the Micarna Group since 2010. This producer of Swiss premium chicken is considered a Swiss poultry specialist. Whether as whole chicken, chicken breast, wings or legs – the products processed by Favorit Geflügel are all sourced from Swiss farms. The poultry masters are certified and regularly inspected. Within the framework of sustainable Swiss poultry breeding they make sure to provide optimum nutrition and the highest level of animal welfare with modern operations. The products are refined by hand by trained specialists at the Lyss production site and prepared for sales in butcher centres and retail shops. With their own Swiss hatching egg operation, rearing partners and the manual processing of products, Favorit Geflügel can ensure the seamless traceability of its products and guarantee the highest product quality and safety. 

Favorit Geflügel brochure (PDF, in German)

Website Favorit Geflügel (in German)

Optisol, Saillon

Optisol is a leading special for plant-based nutrition in Switzerland. For nearly 50 years, the Valais-based company has processed the droppings from Swiss poultry production into high-quality fertilizer. The organic raw materials are sourced exclusively in Switzerland. Optisol recycles them by natural means and thereby creates a close, sustainable cycle of nutrients. The Optisol plant in Saillon is located near the parent animal facilities and thus the raw materials. Local recycling means that long transport routes can be avoided and that natural cycles can be optimally integrated into the product process. Through enrichment with special active substances, more than 40 different highly effective types of fertilizer are created from poultry droppings with sophisticated recipes. Whether solid or liquid, from standard product to biodegradable special fertilizer – Optisol offers the optimal solution for every culture. The products are primarily used in agriculture as well as in wine, fruit and vegetable cultivation.

Optisol brochure (PDF, in German)

Website Optisol (in German)

Oberschwäbische Geflügel

Oberschwäbische Geflügel, based in Betzenweiler, Germany, specialises in the careful processing of organic and conventional chicken from the local region, in line with Swiss animal welfare and production standards. Poultry processed by Oberschwäbischen Geflügel is intended exclusively for the German market and comes from local farms in the region. The slaughterhouse and processing plant in Ertingen produces high-quality chicken that either enters the market as fresh poultry, or is processed into chicken meat products in Betzenweiler. These include smoked and unsmoked boiled sausages, cold cuts or meatloaf. The chickens processed at Oberschwäbischen Geflügel are provided exclusively by their own partner companies. The birds are kept under particularly species-appropriate conditions and have sufficient peace and quiet and space to scratch about, as well as extra roosting areas. In addition, the hen-houses must be fitted with windows and a run. Furthermore, Alpigal farms must be situated within 250 kilometres of the slaughterhouse/processing plant in Ertingen, so as to keep the transport times as short as possible for the birds.

Website Oberschwäbische Geflügel GmbH (in German)