Coronavirus Update – 7th July 2020

We are very pleased to announce that a number of our country stores are open for customers, where we are able to safely operate with social distancing in place.

Due to having a variety of different store layouts, the dates and times of opening vary, so please check here for details at your local branch.

Strict guidelines are in place at all stores in order to keep staff and customers safe, please adhere to these at all times:

  • Use the hand sanitising station at the front entrance
  • We are restricting the number of people in store
  • Stick to the one-way system in place
  • Adhere to the 2m social distancing policy, keeping away from staff and other customers
  • Clothing & Footwear are to be tried on at home (ask in store for full details)
  • Orders can be booked to your credit account or paid by card

For customers not wishing to enter the store we are continuing to provide a telephone pre-order service; branch staff will pick and pack your orders ready for collection or agree a time for delivery to you.

We are not yet open for visits from supplier and manufacturer staff but hope to welcome you back soon.

 

Branch Current Status Location specific notes
Annan Call store to order and collect
Appleby Open to customers instore All day
Ayr Open to customers instore All day
Bakewell Open to customers instore All day, collection only on Saturdays.
Balloch Open to customers instore
Barnard Castle Open to customers instore Open to customers 10am – 3pm weekdays only,
collection available outside those hours
Brecon Closed Click and Collect only
Brock Open to customers instore All day
Carlisle Open to customers instore All day
Cockermouth Open to customers instore All day
Gisburn Open to customers instore All day
Hawes Open to customers instore All day
Hexham Open to customers instore Open to customers 8am – 3pm weekdays only,
collection available outside those hours
Jedburgh Open to customers instore Open to customers 10am – 3pm weekdays only,
collection available outside those hours
Kendal Open to customers instore All day
Leek Open to customers instore Open to customers 10am – 3pm weekdays only,
collection available outside those hours
Longtown Call store to order and collect Auction days only 8.30am – 11.30am
Milnathort Open to customers instore Open to customers 8am – 4pm weekdays only,
collection available outside those hours.
Open Saturday to customers 8am – 12pm
Morpeth Open to customers instore Open to customers 8.30am – 4pm weekdays only,
collection available outside those hours
Morpeth Machinery Open to customers instore Saturday
Penicuik Open to customers instore All day
Oban Open to customers instore Open to customers 9.30am – 4.30pm weekdays only,
collection available outside those hours
Penrith Open to customers instore All day
Rothbury Open to customers instore Open to customers 8.30am – 4.30pm
Skipton Open to customers instore All day
Spennymoor Open to customers instore
Stirling Open to customers instore
Wigton Open to customers instore All day, closed Saturday
Wooler Open to customers instore Open to customers by appointment 10am – 4pm weekdays only,
collection available outside those hours

Steve Buckley’s Tips on Raising High Quality Lambs

Steve Buckley keeps 200 Suffolk and Texel breeding ewes and their lambs, as well as breeding Suffolk and cross bred tups. He grazes the flock on 345 acres at Sitting Low Farm near Buxton, Derbyshire, along with 120 suckler cows. His pedigree flock is well-known, with the Sitlow Suffolk line performing well at both sales and shows throughout the country.

As a Suffolk breed judge himself, Steve understands the business of raising high quality lambs well, and the 90 Suffolk lambs from this spring are no exception to his usual standard. Lambs are brought on in the hills of the Peak District and fed Carrs Billington’s EarlyBite Lamb Pellet.

With high maize and Hipro Soya inclusion, EarlyBite Lamb Pellets are specially designed to get lambs onto feed early and drive intakes to maximise growth and fleshing. Actisaf live yeast is included to maintain rumen function, improve fibre digestion and feed conversion, reduce the risk of digestive upset and acidosis and deliver better carcase conformation. EarlyBite, a unique sensory additive, helps to stimulate appetite and encourage intakes of the feed as well as forage.

“As hill grazers, we don’t always have top quality fodder to give our lambs so feeding a top of the range pellet like the Early Bite lamb pellet fits in really well with our farm,” he explained.

When lambs are weaned in late spring, they are put to grass and fed the pellets ad lib until grass quality reaches 15-16% protein later in the year, at which point they are moved onto a coarse mix.

“Before we started feeding the pellets, we had issues with the young lambs sorting through their feed, but this isn’t a problem at all with the pellet,” Steve explained. “They take to this feed early and do very well on it – our best lambs this year are gaining about 500g per day. One of our pedigree lambs is doing exceptionally on the EarlyBite Lamb Pellet; at 56 days old he weighed 43 kg and 70 days later came in at 86 kg (614 g/day)!”

“I have been feeding EarlyBite Lamb Pellet for several years now and have been really pleased with how the lambs have performed. The results speak for themselves, and we’ll continue feeding it for the foreseeable future,” he concluded.

Call our customer services team on: 01228 518860 to learn more about our lamb pellet range!

Hotline Electric Fencing Promotions – June 2020

We currently have some great offers on Hotline electric fencing products, see below for details. For more information or to place your order please contact your local branch. Additional contact details for most branches can be found here.

Fire Drake Solar Energiser – £20 Off

Medium power energiser with integrated high capacity solar panels. Suitable for a wide range of applications we have designed the Fire Drake energiser to operate at popular power levels.

A battery charger is also included to help keep the battery charged during the long winter months.

• 12v internally battery
• On / off switch
• Low battery / pulse indicator
• Battery charger
• 10w solar panel

Gemini Energiser – £10 Off

Gemini energisers will run from either a 12v battery or from a mains power supply. This makes the Gemini energiser extremely flexible and allow them to move between a temporary, portable fence to a low maintenance mains system.

• 220v mains input
• 12v DC input
• Low battery / pulse indicator
• Galvanised stand
• HT lead required for mains
installation

20mm Turbocharge Tape – £5 Off

Premium white tape with copper and steel conductors.