Make the most of “decent outlook” for lamb prospects 2020

Until a UK-EU trade deal is reached, tariff-free exports to the EU and demand from China for New Zealand and Australian lambs present a “decent outlook” for farmers who can maximise their 2020 lamb crop. This is how director of Farmers First, the farmer-owned lamb processor and exporter, Mike Gooding sees it.
For farmers, vet Elizabeth Berry of Animax says this clearly means maximising several factors: “These include lambing percentage, ewe and lamb health, and efficiency converting grass into growth,” she says. “But all of these can be held back by under-par trace element status, even at sub-clinical levels. “Pre – and post-lambing, the critical ones are selenium, iodine, cobalt and, on some but not all farms, copper. If just one is lacking, this can impact on health and performance.”

To address this risk, Elizabeth Berry reports an increasing number of farmers opting for a 180-day “trickle charge” of micronutrients offered by Tracesure leaching bolus technology.
“Timing is flexible,” she says, “typically four to six weeks before lambing then repeated six months later. Lambs gain too, of course, as a result of trace element enriched milk.”
“In this post-election honeymoon period before either a new agriculture bill is passed or an EU-withdrawal trade agreement reached, getting ewes fine-tuned now for robust health, high milk production and optimal forage efficiency makes sound business sense.”

Leaching bolus technology, unique to Animax, is designed for consistent, slow release of trace elements at a regulated rate. Carrs Billington’s animal health specialists are available to offer advice on the best options.
Animax offers a range of bolus solutions for sheep, lambs and cattle. Contact our local representative for more details.

Blueline Slurry pumps, Carrs Billington has you covered.

This is not a new range to Carrs Billington, but one that we have been providing to our dairy customers for several years. A reliable, hardwearing product that is the go to machine for farmers wanting high performing slurry pumping with reduced running costs.  The BLUELINE range of high pressure centrifugal pumps features a multi-channel impeller and an unique aggressive double chopping mechanism to give reliable pumping and ease of use. The range is available in a wide range of models, including; tractor driven, engine driven and direct coupled electric units. This range of pumps are ideal for those requiring a substantial head, such as with umbilical systems and adequate chopping of any material within the pumped liquid. Customers with up to 600 cows have reported great results despite heavy usage.

BLUELINE 80K Standard Features:

  • High efficiency multi channel impeller
    The Aggressive Double Chopping Mechanism
  • No auxiliary cooling requirement
  • High performance chopping system
  • Shear pin protection of cutter element
  • Twin sealing of Pump & Gearbox
  • Oil Bath between pump casing and gearbox
  • Heavy duty high quality castings
  • User serviceable wearing parts

The high-performance chopping mechanism ensures thorough maceration of slurry prior to entry into the impeller reducing the risk of blockage. Shear pin protection of the chopping mechanism and independent sealing of both gearbox and pump casings ensures long and trouble-free working life.

At our Carlisle depot we also hold a range of spare parts for servicing and maintenance.

Carrs Billington can also supply rubber covered hose suitable for a number of applications:

  • linear and travelling irrigation
  • sludge and slurry disposal
  • liquid manure handling
  • waste water distribution systems
  • heavy duty water transport


  • excellent resistance to weathering, UV and ozone
    Premium Quality Lay-Flat Hose
  • superior abrasion resistance, suitable for all ground conditions
  • no biodegradation, excellent resistance to agricultural chemicals and fertilizers
  • Minimum pressure loss, very low elongation
  • supreme adhesion level between rubber and textile reinforcement
  • very durable and hardwearing for long service life

For more information on Blueline pumps, or slurry hose, contact our machinery depots. HERE

Mixer wagons equipped for Compact TMR Feeding

The Compact TMR (Compact Feeding), a feeding concept for cattle, is has been discussed widely in the media due to its milk yield benefits. This relatively new concept from Denmark is also being implemented on individual farms in this country. It relies – and that´s what makes it special – on a moist, sticky, homogeneous feed mass. In addition to changes in the ratio, technical adjustments to the feed mixer wagon are necessary. Bernard van Lengerich Maschinenfabrik (BvL) starts right here by offering a variety of extra components for their feed mixer wagons.

In Compact Feeding, concentrated feed is soaked with large amounts of water (1:1) in the feed mixer for hours or even overnight. Only then the remaining feed components are added and mixed until they form a homogeneous, structurally poor mass. As a result, the animals can no longer select the feed, the nutrient intake should thus be relatively constant according to experts.

Adapting the feed mixer is one of the challenges when switching to this feeding concept. The Compact Feeding Plus package from BvL includes:

  • Compact Feeding Mixing auger: It is wider, shorter, with an extended blade arrangement and additional auger blade for stronger, more intensive mixing.
  • Stainless steel hard surfacing (V2A) on the mixing auger: maintains the edge on the turns and makes the auger more durable.
  • Stainless steel-lining Basic (V2A): Serves to protect the mixing trough due to the longer length of stay and longer mixing times.
  • Mixing screw seal: to protect the inside of the cone from water.

The benefit of the this system is that it is impossible for the dry components of the forage to be separated out from the rest of the mix, either during the feeding out process or by the cow pre-sorting. As a result, every cow is fed a more consistent ration, resulting in a yield improvement of up 2 litres per cow, in addition to potential improvements in milk quality.


For more information on the Compact Feeding Plus package from BvL contact your local Carrs Billington machinery representative.

Our depots details can be found HERE

HORSCH appoint Carrs Billington Agriculture

HORSCH will be partnering with Carrs Billington Agriculture to provide its full range of cultivators, drills and sprayers to customers in Northern England and Southern Scotland.

Ian Gate, Carrs Billington Machinery Director


Machinery Sales Director at Carrs Billington, Ian Gate said ‘this is a great franchise for our customers. HORSCH is known for producing excellent farmer-focused machinery that performs well. It is a great fit with our tractor and grassland franchises, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with them.’

HORSCH machinery will be available from the six Carrs Billington machinery depots at Annan, Barnard Castle, Carlisle, Hexham, Morpeth and Penrith, with comprehensive service and support from each depot.

“Carrs Billington has a reputation for excellent customer service and we’re delighted to be partnering with them,” said Stephen Burcham, General Manager at HORSCH UK. “Our latest range of machinery, including the innovative HORSCH Hybrid Farming system, enables our customers to meet farming challenges and be more productive. Partnering with Carrs Billington will allow us to effectively deliver those benefits to customers.”

Contact our machinery depots at Annan, Barnard Castle, Carlisle, Hexham, Morpeth and Penrith for more details.

Follow the link to our depot details here