Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme

£25 million has been made available 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, which is targeted at supporting investment for specific pieces of Agricultural equipment. To learn more about it please click here

WHO CAN APPLY?

Farmers in all sectors including:

• Livestock

• Dairy

• Arable

• Horticulture

HOW TO APPLY
Just go to: www.gov.uk/guidance/countryside-productivity-scheme then follow the links.

WHAT CAN WE APPLY FOR?
There is a full list of Equipment available in Annex 3 of the online Handbook. Some of this equipment include fixed cattle and sheep systems, manual crushes, squeeze crushes, mobile sheep systems, sheep handlers, EID readers and weigh equipment. Against each piece of equipment there will be a Standard cost, the grant will pay 40% of this cost, not of the cost you are invoiced for.

Carrs Billington have helped many Customers since the first CPSG was released – from helping with the online application process, advice on specific equipment, to making sure all paperwork is correct.

If you do have any problems with this, please feel free to contact:

Darren Clarkson 07970 494411
darren.clarkson@carrs-billington.com

As always Carrs Billington are on hand to help, no question is a daft question

NSA Virtual Celebration of Sheep Farming – Feeding the flock, and getting it right!

Date: 20th October 2020 – 21st October 2020 Following the successful launch of NSA’s Virtual celebrations of sheep farming series in August, their second online offering will take place on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st October. NSA will be joined by an impressive line up of sheep industry experts to deliver an even greater webinar programme with many of the webinars focussing on sheep nutrition fitting with the two day theme of ‘Feeding the flock – and getting it right’ Our very own Paul Mardell and Dr Ruth Lawson are speaking at this event, on Wednesday 21st October at 3pm, Paul will cover “Forage analysis and how to interpret the results” Ruth will cover “The interpretation of a sheep feed label”. https://nsavirtualevent.org.uk/ for full details

Carr’s Billington new supplier of Teagle machinery

Carr’s Billington has signed an exclusive contract with market-leading machinery manufacturer Teagle.

The company’s six machinery depots will now be stocking the British manufacturers range of bale processors, fertiliser and muck spreaders, cultivators and swath conditioners.

Carr’s Billington’s Machinery Director Ian Gate says the franchise could have an immediate benefit for farmers in Northern England and Southern Scotland.

He said: “We are delighted to be stocking a fantastic range of precision-made products manufactured by a tried-and-tested expert in this field.

“And while Teagle has a wide range

of great products, what is particularly timely is that they are renowned for the quality of their bale processors. At a time when many farmers are facing up to potential straw shortages, knowing we can offer them a solution to make that precious straw go further is a real plus.”

Straw crop harvests have been generally poor this year, leaving some farmers calculating whether they will have enough to bed and feed their animals over the winter.

Mr Gate said: “A whole bale of straw can be very quickly used up when using traditional methods to distribute for cattle and sheep. But these bale processors tease out the right amount and distribute it efficiently so farmers only use as much as they need. It’s a very effective way of working.”

Teagle boasts 13 products across its bale processing range, including the renowned tractor-mounted Tomahawks and the Telehawk, for loose housing that does not require a tractor.

Carr’s Billington has taken delivery of its first products from the Teagle range at its machinery depots in Carlisle, Penrith, Hexham, Barnard Castle, Morpeth and Annan, and is offering demonstrations for farmers.

Cornish-based Teagle has been credited with keeping British-built agricultural machinery at the forefront of the industry.

Paul Curnow, Teagle’s UK and Ireland Sales Manager, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Carr’s Billington. Our companies share the same customer-focussed values and the multiple Carr’s Billington branches provide us with excellent representation.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to our current and future customers, our Area Sales Manager, Gary Eastham, will be supporting the Carr’s Billington team to facilitate demonstrations of our range of British-built straw processors and muck spreaders.”

Teagle completes a hat-trick of big-name suppliers secured this year by Carr’s Billington. In January, the company was appointed a dealer for Horsch and its solutions for soil cultivation, seeding and plant protection and that was followed by a deal with flagship plough manufacturer Ovlac.