Sustainable Use Directive: Key changes to spray legislation

All countries in the European Union are implementing the Sustainable Use Directive. The Directive applies in every EU country and sets minimum standards for the safe use of professional plant protection products (pesticides). Due to existing legislation and the VI, many UK farmers and growers already meet most of the requirements of the Directive. However, some farmers and sprayer operators currently operating under ‘grandfather rights’

Carrs Billington strengthens their Technical Team.

Jimmy Goldie has been appointed Ruminant Technical Manager for Carrs Billington Agriculture, reporting to Duncan Rose, the Company’s Chief Technical Officer.


Jimmy Goldie - Ruminant Technical Manager

Rae Tomlinson, Managing Director, says “Jimmy is a prominent and highly respected figure throughout the UK, especially in Scotland and the North of England. He has worked for SAC for the

Grass Growth Drops

Grass growth has fallen a little this week but on average is still higher than 2013. There is considerable variation around the country, some areas have benefitted from showers in the last week but other regions urgently need some rain to keep pastures growing.


The latest Grass Watch figures, provided by Trouw Nutrition, show that with less grass available and energy content

Milk From Grass Falls

Milk from grass has continued to fall this week according to the latest Grass Watch data from Trouw Nutrition; predicted intakes are lower and the average energy content has dropped to 11.4ME. Dry weather has reduced grass growth in parts of our trading region and NDF fibre levels have risen by 2.4%. This may help butterfats a little but the

Making the most of your Cereal Crops

 Our thoughts turn to what are the best options for harvesting and cropping and possible alternatives for preservation . Maximising the use of homegrown forage / grain ís of paramount importance in most farmers minds and selecting the right option can be difficult given the variation in weather and availability of storage.


Carrs Billington offer a very comprehensive range of

Next Generation Rationing from Carrs Billington

Carrs Billington are launching their new Dairy Solutions Ration Plan later this summer. Research and development from around the world has produced new, improved nutritional parameters which are being added to the existing dairy rationing programme.


These new Rumenac values will be analysed in silage samples sent to Carrs Billington’s Stone laboratory and will appear on forage reports in time to

Milk from grazing eases slightly as heat stress kicks in

The latest weekly figures from Trouw Nutrition show average milk from grass has dropped to just under 12 litres per cow per day. Grass quality is good, with dry matters typically over 20%, crude protein at 20% and energy of 11.5 ME.


Many dairy farmers are seeing lower butterfats and milk proteins; higher temperatures, humidity and heat stress are probably

Shop moves to new site

A MALTON country store serving farmers, smallholders and pet owners alike, has relocated within the town with a much broader range of goods. Carrs Billington has been located in an industrial unit on the Showfield Lane Industrial Estate, Malton, since it took over animal health products supplier Laycock’s – along with Laycock’s two other branches in Skipton and Settle – two years ago.


Carrs Billington Graduate Recruitment Scheme Takes Off.

Carrs Billington welcome Amelia Threlfell and Stuart Graham into their new Graduate Training Scheme. Both will undertake a comprehensive work experience and training programme throughout all parts of the business which, when completed, will lead to Field Technical Sales Roles, specialising in feeding ruminant livestock, within the Lancashire and Dumfriesshire trading areas.


Amelia is 21 years old and graduated with a

2014 Grass Silage, how will it feed this winter?

Consequently there is a very wide range in the analyses done so far this year. The average dry matter is down by over 3%, which means that an extra 3.5 kg freshweight will need to be fed to provide the same dry matter intake as last year.


Energy and protein content are both slightly down but overall fermentation quality is