Country Stores Lambing Checklist

We’ve created a handy lambing checklist – take a look at the items below, if you’re missing something or running low, you can pre-order your goods for collection from your local store…don’t forget to pick up some dog food and treats for your hard working collies too! You can find a list of additional contact details for most branches here.

  • Carrs Twin Lamb Drench
  • Bacto-Col Lamb Products
  • Bacto-Col Plus Colostrum
  • Lamb Milk replacer
  • Bottles & Teats
  • Colostrum Feeder Syringe & Tubes
  • Lamb Feeder Buckets
  • Infrared Lamp & Bulbs
  • Calciject & Magniject
  • Syringes & Needles
  • Lambing Ropes & Instruments
  • Prolapse Harness & Spoon
  • Gloves
  • Carrs Agri Gel/Lube
  • Carrs Iodine
  • Castration Rings
  • Elastrator Pliers
  • Crooks
  • Stock Marking Sprays
  • Tea & Coffee
  • & lots more!

Customer guidelines for deliveries during the Covid-19 pandemic

In order to protect our delivery drivers and agricultural and rural families, we would ask customers to have plans in place to minimise contact with delivery drivers and assist with hygiene measures.
By working together to protect our drivers, we hope to keep them delivering during this challenging period.
Lorry drivers have been informed about hand sanitising and personal hygiene and we are requesting customers to respect social distancing.
Customer guidelines for deliveries during the Covid-19 pandemic:
• Place order in time
• Give clear instructions about where to put feed, fuel or a safe location for retail items to reduce the need to meet the delivery driver
• Have clear signage on bins and feed stores
• Avoid meeting with drivers unless this is necessary, and then maintain a distance of at least 2m
• Assist by providing hand wash facilities if possible
• Keep the delivery area as clean as possible so drivers and vehicles can maintain hygiene standards.
• Delivery documentation will be signed on your behalf and left – there should be no contact with the driver.

Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update 22-03-20

Our country stores are no longer open for customers to browse and self select.

We are now operating a strict telephone order with collection, or delivery service only.

We are updating our branch pages with contact numbers as our telephone lines are very busy. Please phone your order into our staff and arrange a time for collection or delivery.

Orders can be booked to your credit account or paid by card over the phone.

If you are collecting please do not leave your vehicle, sound your horn if no staff are obvious and we will come and load your goods into your vehicle.

Supplies continue to arrive daily, there is no need to stockpile or panic buy.

Beware iodine over-supply to pregnant ewes or cows

Livestock farmers are being advised that it’s possible to over-supplement pregnant ewes and cows with iodine, risking poor absorption of colostrum antibodies and ill health or death in new born lambs and calves.

An investigation reported by The Vet Record journal of 100 ewes, from which 40 live lambs died within a few days of birth, concluded that “probably some ewes ingested sufficient iodine to cause a reduction in colostrum absorption by their lambs” [Veterinary Record, 9 July 2016, p42]. The ewes were being fed daily with mineralised compound feed, and had access to mineral licks too.

In readiness for main crop lambing and onset of the spring calving peak, this alert comes from vet Dr Elizabeth Berry of Animax. “Once the daily supply of iodine is in the target zone, more is certainly not better,” she explains.

This alert to farmers is prompted by another supplier’s advertising claim of “50% more iodine than competing boluses” [Available on request from author]. If this is a comparison with her company’s Tracesure range, in which iodine (along with selenium and cobalt) is formulated to supply daily requirements, she says farmers using a ‘50% more‘ product risk unintended over-supplementation.

In the same Vet Record report, another investigation of multiple lamb deaths at two to three days old found that hygiene and colostrum quality were good. Lamb post mortems identified normal milk clotting in the abomasum (stomach), but low levels of immunoglobulins in blood plasma, indicating “failure of maternal colostral antibody transfer.” The report suggested this was due to high levels of iodine supplementation in the ewes’ feed.

Maximum iodine levels to aim for are 9.9mg/kg of dry matter feed intake for ewes, and 4.4mg/kg DM for cows.

Tracesure is available at from Carrs Billington, get in touch to order.

Coronavirus Update: 19-03-20

We are continuing to keep our Country Stores open, unless we are forced to close, respectfully requesting that customers use their credit account or pay by card, so to protect our retail staff from handling cash.

Our delivery service to customers is proving very successful, everything that you need can be delivered whether its animal feed, animal medicines, farm hygiene and husbandry essentials, or machinery parts – they can all be delivered out to you, and left in a safe place.

We have a varying range of household goods in our Country Stores, dependant on the size of the store, with new stock still arriving daily at this stage – please phone your usual contact – ideally your sales person – or local country store with any orders and we will arrange delivery as soon as we can!

Regarding bulk feed and fuel we still envisage no supply problems as it stands today, but don’t let your bins and tanks run too empty, please call your usual contact and we will endeavour to fulfil your requirements in a timely manner.

Fight Flies Early and Stop them Taking Off with Your Profits!

Flies will start breeding as early as March and populations can develop really quickly!

Flies can spread diseases such as summer mastitis, salmonella and New Forest Eye. Moreover, significant fly populations interfere with grazing and have been shown to:

• Reduce milk yield and quality by up to 20%1,2
• Reduce growth rates by up to 19%3

So if not controlled, flies can quickly get out of control and have a seriousimpact on the performance and productivity of your herd.

Early insecticide treatment of cattle can help to reduce fly populations. Applying a proven insecticide such as Deltafort® early in the season will both reduce the first wave of attack and cut next generation fly numbers.

As well as treating cattle early, it’s also important to keep on top of the fly problem as you move through the warmer months. Several repeat treatments may be required, so plan ahead.

Deltafort® is an easy to use pour-on insecticide, with a zero milk withhold, available in a range of pack sizes.

So act now to stop flies from taking off with your profits this year, fight them early with the help of Deltafort®, only available from Carrs Billington.

1. Taylor D.B. et al. J. Med. Entomol. 2012, 49(1): 198-209, 2. Zenner L. Bulletin des GTV No 30 – Juin/Juillet/ Aout 2005, 319-322, 3. Campbell J.B. et al.. Faculty Publications: Department of Entomology 2001, Paper 27.

Deltafort® Pour-on solution for cattle and sheep contains10mg/ml Deltamethrin. POM-VPS. Advice on the use of this medicine, or alternatives, should be sought from your medicine prescriber. Further information available on the SPC or from Virbac: Virbac Ltd, Woolpit Business Park, Windmill Avenue, Woolpit, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 9UP, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1359 243243, Fax: +44 (0)1359 243200, UK: Email: Use medicines responsibly

Soil Focus

With around 70% of the UK’s agricultural area being grassland of one type of another, achieving and maintaining good soil health is increasingly important to make the UK grass crop more efficient, productive and profitable.


Our advice for grassland farmers is to prioritise soil health and fertility now and take time to walk grass fields as soon as possible. Immediate soil sampling and addressing soil compaction as soon as conditions allow will speed up the recovery of grass crops from the winter damage. It is likely that soil mineral Nitrogen levels will be low so following soil sampling and compaction reduction effort, timely applications of spring fertiliser in the correct soil and climate conditions will be crucial for yield and quality for spring grazing and first cut silage whilst minimising losses which are costly and potentially polluting.