The RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme – IAE Products

The RDPE Countryside Productivity Small Grant (CPSG) scheme Round 2 is now open. It provides funding for farmers to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farm. The scheme is different to other parts of the Countryside Productivity scheme as it uses an online application process and is targeted at supporting investment for specific pieces of agricultural equipment.

Farmers can apply for funding towards specific items of equipment listed at Annex 3 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme Round 2 handbook.

All the items have been identified following consultation with industry groups and suppliers as helping achieve improvements in either:

  • Technical efficiency
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Resource efficiency, or
  • Nutrient management

Several types of IAE livestock handling equipment are compliant with the scheme and are available from all Carrs Billington stores.

You can view the full list of available equipment here. To find your nearest stockist, visit our store locator.

For more information on how to apply for grants and to submit an application under the Countryside Productivity Scheme, visit the GOV.UK website.

Diff Lock Kodiak 450SE arrives

Kodiak is already the leading name in the large capacity utility ATV world and now Yamaha are taking the mid-sized utility class to the next level with the rugged Kodiak 450 EPS SE DL.
It’s easy-to use-technology, outstanding durability and Yamaha reliability enable the Kodiak 450 EPS SE DL to take on the toughest jobs in extreme terrain. The industry-leading On Command drive system allows you to switch seamlessly between 2WD and 4WD at the push of a button – and the Ultramatic automatic transmission makes every task more relaxing and enjoyable. In terms of comfort and convenience, nothing comes close.
With the ability to pull more than 1134kg / 2500 pounds, the new factory-fitted WARN VRx25 winch is 25% more powerful, enabling this popular utility ATV to take on the toughest jobs in any environment. This higher specification winch assembly also features a load-holding mechanical brake to give better control when dragging heavy loads – and with 15m of steel rope, the new winch is equipped to handle a range of duties in the forest, field or farm.
With a retail price of £7749, the Diff Lock SE is great value.  Units are now available to order. Contact your local Carrs Billington machinery depot or follow the link. HERE

Carrs Billington acquires Paul Chuter ATV

Carrs Billington Agriculture (Sales) Ltd is pleased to announce that it has acquired the entire trade and assets of Paul Chuter Agricultural Services Ltd, the agricultural retail business based in Bewaldeth, Cumbria.

Paul Chuter Agricultural Services Ltd is an agricultural supplier specialising in ATV’s with over 15 years of trading, and are most noted as main dealers for Can-Am quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles, having been awarded ‘Dealer of the Year’ status several times. This acquisition extends the product portfolio of Carrs Billington and is an additional building block in the expansion of the company.  Paul and his team have relocated to brand new, purpose-built workshop and offices within our Cockermouth depot. 

Paul Chuter will continue as Sales Manager for ATV’s, with Ian Hornsby and the rest of the team joining Carrs Billington.

Commenting on the acquisition, Rae Tomlinson, MD, of Carrs Billington said: “This acquisition is a great step forward for Carrs Billington and I am thrilled to be welcoming Paul and his team to the Group. Paul Chuter Agricultural Services Ltd has a long standing history as an agricultural supplier and fits perfectly with Carrs Billington’s strategic objectives. We will continue to invest in the business and ensure its ongoing development and success.”

Paul Chuter, Managing Director of Paul Chuter Agricultural Services Ltd, commented: “We are delighted to be joining Carrs Billington. They have an excellent track record and are committed to growing our business. We look forward to working with Rae and his team over the months and years ahead.”

Watch this space for more details about Paul Chuter, Can-Am products in the future.  To enquire about Can-Am machines contact our Cockermouth branch on 01900 824105


Thinking of Planting a Wood?

Carr’s Group and Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) are working together to create a lasting legacy for Dales agriculture.

Our partnership will provide support for people, innovation and the environment to deliver sustainable farm improvements that benefit our communities.

As part of this three year partnership YDMT, together with partner organisations, can offer free advice and funding to Carr’s customers to create new native broadleaf woodlands, including gill planting, fencing and planting which can help with natural flood management.

For more information contact: Carol Douglas, 015242 51002

Making an Application

To be eligible for funding your proposed woodland should:

  • Signifcantly conserve, enhance or add to the natural heritage
  • Be accessible to the general public or be clearly visible from a public right of way
  • Be supported by the local community

The main focus of your application should be the planting of native broadleaf woodland. However, we may also be able to fund other additional project elements, such as planting non-native species or hedgerows, providing they meet eligibility criteria around biodiversity and conservation.

We can cover the costs involved in the establishing your new woodland, including the supply and planting of trees and guards, fencing to exclude stock, gates to allow access and initial weeding costs. In some circumstances applicants may be asked to contribute cash, materials or labour.


The woodland grants programme is managed by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) with partners including Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, the Woodland Trust, Nidderdale AONB and the Forestry Commission. The programme is sponsored by Carrs Billington Agriculture. Find out more at




PowerGrain – Instructions For Use

PowerGrain Instructions

For best results grain needs to have a moisture content between 18-20%

Freshly harvested grain can be treated with a moisture content as low as 16%. If the grain has a lower moisture content than required, add 10 litres of water per tonne of grain to raise the moisture content 1%.

You will need to bruise, or crack, the grain before mixing in the PowerGrain.

Once the PowerGrain has been kixed you need to store the grain, no higher than 2.5 metres, avoiding compaction, and seal it. Minimising compaction allows the gasses from the chemical reactions taking place to circulate through the grain freely. Sealing the grain as tightly as possible stops these gases from escaping into the atmosphere.

After two weeks the process will be complete and the cover needs to be removed. As long as the grain is kept dry it will keep until fed.

PowerGrain is made up of two components – PowerGrain Enzyme and PowerGrain Booster. Per 1 metric tonne of grain add 5kg PowerGrain Enzyme 15kg Booster.

For more information, please call: 01228 518860 

Disclaimer: In order for the additive to work, you must follow the recommended dosage rates and ensure the dosing equipment is calibrated correctly prior to use. The use of additives cannot be expected to overcome adverse weather conditions, poor feeding-out procedures, incorrect dosing rates, poor or inadequate sealing and soil or slurry contamination and is therefore not warranted again these poor practices and conditions. If unsure of applications rates or methods, please seek advice.