Selenium supplementation from Origin Fertilisers – simple and effective

Field trials at Newton Rigg College in summer 2016 showed that applying selenium in grassland fertiliser can be a simple and effective method of over-coming the very low levels of this essential micro-nutrient in Cumbrian forages.

Soils in Cumbria are inherently very low in available selenium which is reflected in grass and forage containing

Raw Material Market Update

The last month has seen relative stability in raw material markets and exchange rates. There are a few concerns about dryness in USA but no great disasters so far. World stocks of maize, wheat and soya are all very healthy; Australia has a record harvest and there are no weather worries in South America.

UK wheat futures have drifted

Carrs Billington Acquire Horse & Pet Ltd

Carrs Billington has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the share capital of Horse & Pet Ltd.

The purchase will be concluded shortly and the business based in Ayr will be incorporated into Carrs Billington and managed by Alan King.

This acquisition represents a further major step in the development of Carrs Billington and

Carrs Billington Silage Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016/17 Carrs Billington clamp silage competition; Harry, Margaret, David and Louise Hodgson of Wormanby Farm near Carlisle. Judge Anya Westland, Senior Lecturer and Lead Researcher (Agriculture) at Myerscough College, commented that the winners combined top quality forage with great attention to detail in making, storing and feeding their crop.


New NVZ Areas.

DEFRA update the Nitrate Vulnerable Zones every 4 years and details of the new proposed zones have just been released.

Around 58% of England is in a NVZ, under the new proposals some areas have been taken out of the zones but some new areas have been added. DEFRA are now writing to farmers notifying them if

Brand New Fuel Office Opened in time for New Year

Carrs Billington at Hexham has a brand new fuel office after their old one was flooded during Storm Desmond.

In addition to the new fuel office, Carrs has expanded the range in its country store on the Tyne Mills Industrial Estate in a bid to appeal more to the general public.

Branch manager Mark Tasker-Brown, who

Raw Material Market Update

So far Donald Trump’s election has had very little impact on the currency exchange rates, certainly nothing like the reaction that followed Brexit. This may change over time, when his policies become more definite but so far it’s business as usual.

Cereals seem to have found their value, at close to breakeven point for most arable producers.

Scottish Dairy Farmer of the Year Awards

Jimmy Goldie, Carrs Billington Ruminant Technical Manager, was the official assessor of the 2016 Scottish Dairy Farmer of the Year awards.

One of the most experienced and respected dairy specialists in the country, he awarded the prize to the Miller family of Trailflat Farm. Keith and Irene, together with sons Donald and David, showed outstanding attention

Low Milk Yields this Winter?


  1. Many herds on 2nd, 3rd and 4th cut silages are not performing to expectation.
  2. Cows on these silages are eating more than usual, possibly looking for more energy.
  3. These silages have low sugars and short of quickly fermentable and glucogenic energy.
  4. Many home grown cereals have poor bushel weights and are lower in energy and starch than usual.
  5. Underfeeding concentrates to cows this spring

Cows need full winter feeding now!

The latest weekly milk from grass figures produced by Trouw Nutrition show that the autumn grass flush is over. Growth rates have declined for the fifth consecutive week to only 42kg DM/ha.

On average cows are only achieving 5.5kg dry matter intake per day from forage which does not even provide enough energy for maintenance. Buffer feeding