Supplementation for optimum growth, fertility and health in sheep

We all want the best from our sheep, for the best results at tupping, the easiest of lambing’s and the best prices at market. The Carrs Billington team work with farmers to provide the most suitable feed blends, from the best ingredients to help your stock maintain their condition, but for much of the year you rely on the forage

Use the right silage additive for quality late cut forage.

Producers tend to have low expectations of late cut silages but that need not be the case, choosing the right additive can be the key.


Grass growth has slowed and sugar levels will fall as we move into autumn. Low sugar levels make the ensiling process more difficult because they lower the buffering capacity of the silage. Using an acid based

Grass growth rates lowest since April.

The latest weekly milk from grass figures produced by Trouw nutrition show that growth rates are the lowest we have seen since the middle of April. Despite recent rainfall, dry matter content is still over 20% and the feed value good at 11.2 ME and 22.8% protein.


The problem lies in low growth rates, and together will reducing day length,

Pay extra attention to Cow Fertility in the next few weeks

Last week saw a slight increase in grass growth and energy content following welcome recent rain. However, the weekly milk from grass figures from Trouw nutrition show that milk from grass figures have still fallen to around 8 litres per cow per day. Although it is early August, reducing day length will now be having an impact and reducing the

Mastitis in New Calved Cows?

The Dairy Herd Health and Productivity Service based at Edinburgh Veterinary College have given some helpful advice on mastitis prevention in freshly calved cows.


They suggest that if more than one in twelve of calving cows have mastitis in the first month, or more than 10% have high cell counts at first recording, then it is likely that there are

Top Winter Barley Varieties now available from Carrs Billington

Average winter barley yields from trial plots recorded so far are up over 1t/ha on the five year average this harvest, with the Northern sites all yielding well above the average.


Six row Feed barley varieties Volume and Meridian are generally giving the highest grain yields, with the larger grained two row varieties Glacier, Tower, Infinity and Retriever very close behind.

Grass growth declines.

The latest weekly Milk from Grass figures, provided by Trouw Nutrition, show a small decline in grass growth, consistent with this time of year. Results are variable around the country, depending heavily on rainfall, but are above those achieved last year.


Heat stress remains high, putting pressure on production and health. Don’t forget the transition dry cows because reduced dry matter

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