Carrs Billington Selkirk now officially opened

A successful evening was held at the official opening of our Selkirk Country Store last week with several hundred customers joining suppliers and staff for the hog roast and celebrations. The ribbon was cut by Managing Director Rae Thomlinson, Branch Manager Mark Tasker-Brown and former Scotland International rugby player and TV pundit, Doddy Wier who also entertained

Milk Yield from Grass Falls and watch your butterfats!

After a slow start to the year, grass growth in the last two weeks has been above 2014. Growth rates have fallen a little this week and grazing paddocks may need a longer rotation of 18 days rather than 16.

 

The latest weekly milk from grass figures provided by Trouw Nutrition show an average of 18.5%

Raw Material Market Update

Most raw material markets appear to have bottomed out for the moment and in some cases lifted off the floor. There are some weather issues in the US and parts of Europe but with large stocks of most commodities in store around the world, it is too early to say we have seen the bottom just yet.

 

Half a Century of Service

 

Long term business relationships are vital to Carrs Billington, not just with customers but also our employees and contractors.

 

This picture shows James Bennett delivering feed to the Lomas family of Mosley Hall Farming. The Bennetts started delivering bagged feed for Billingtons in 1961 and bulk feed since the early 1970s; over fifty years

Grass Growth Lifts

Last week, grass growth exceeded last year’s figure for the first time this season. The national figures, produced by Trouw International’s Grass Watch monitoring programme showed that grazing averaged 19% dry matter, 21% protein and 11.8ME. At over 13kg dry matter intake per day, this had the potential to produce M plus 15 litres and there is certainly scope

Raw Material Market Update

After a long steady period of decline, the last couple of weeks have seen cereal prices start to lift. We may perhaps have seen the bottom of the market although it is too early to be certain of this.

 

There are a number of factors keeping most markets under pressure:

 

  • World cereal stocks are now the

Grassland North a resounding success again

Carrs Billington, teamed up with Newton Rigg College to host Grassland North for the second occasion on 13th May 2015. An event created three years ago due to demand for a grassland focused exhibition in the North of England, brought together a wide range of suppliers to Sewborwens Farm at Penrith, Cumbria.

Wanting to provide more

Grass Growth Picks Up

Some warmer days last week and faster grass growth has seen silaging start in some areas. Most pre-cut grass tests have shown good sugar content and low nitrates so this should help produce well fermented forages . Contact Carrs Billington if you would like your grass tested pre-cutting.

 

The importance of a good fermentation and

Carrs Billington acquire Reid & Robertson

Carrs Billington Agriculture (Sales) Ltd, is pleased to announce that it has acquired the entire issued share capital of . The business will be incorporated into Carrs Billington as Reid & Robertson, a division of Carrs Billington.

 

Reid & Robertson is an agricultural supplier specialising in animal health products with over 100 years of experience. Operating out

Milk from Grass Falls

The latest weekly GrassWatch data, produced by Trouw International, shows that grass growth rates continues to be below last year. Very heavy rainfall has resulted in many dairy cows being housed full time and the cool, wet weather is delaying first cut silage.

 

Average daily milk from grass has dropped by between 3 and 4 litres