Colostral fat is vital for newborn lambs

Colostrum is a complex biological liquid formed in the ewe’s udder prior to lambing. It contains a large number of essential ingredients that are important for getting lambs off to a good start. Important elements naturally found in colostrum are globulin protein, colostrum fat, nutrients, growth factors and growth hormones.

While the main function of colostrum from the ewe is to provide globulin protein to her lambs, the other major function is to provide energy. The most important nutrient that enables this is colostral fat, which provides a unique source of energy that allows new-borns to maintain their body temperature.

At birth approximately 5% of the lamb’s body fat is “brown fat”. Brown fat metabolises colostral fat to produce energy in the form of heat. New-born lambs especially those that have had a difficult birth and those exposed to cold, wet, or windy weather, are at risk of suffering from hypothermia, and colostral fat is their best source of energy. The ingestion of colostral fat has long term benefits as it initiates fat metabolism pathways in the liver that are important for long term growth. Colostral fat also carries the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.

Ensuring lambs have rapid access to a quality source of colostrum at birth is vital for their survival. If the ewe is unable to provide sufficient quality colostrum then a colostrum supplement must be considered. A colostrum supplement should deliver globulin protein to the lamb while still maintaining naturally high levels of colostral fat, growth factors, hormones, vitamins and minerals critical to lamb survival.

Carr’s Billington SUPERSTART contains whole natural colostrum and colostral fat collected from Scottish farms. Our Colostrums therefore benefit from improved fat content which other colostrum supplements do not.

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

New Vario Volume system ensures flexible container for BvL mixer wagons

Bernard van Lengerich Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG (BvL) has introduced a new Vario Volume extension system as an option for almost all its range of trailed mixer wagons. The Vario Volume attachment is hydraulically raised to increase the container volume by approx. 30 cm. This effectively increases the volume in a twin auger mixer by up to 3.5 m³.

When the feed is mixed and chopped, the Vario Volume extension can then be lowered again in order to be able to drive into low or restricted height sheds if necessary. For components that require a lot of space when mixing, such as straw bales, etc., the Vario Volume is a useful aid as it simply and effectively prevents feed components from spilling over the container edge.

The new BvL Vario Volume extension can also be fitted to feed mixers with a rear-mounted 2.0 straw blower. The straw blower is mechanically driven and has a high throughput of about 300 kg of straw per minute, which can be thrown up to 30 m. The stone trap and the softstart aid, round off the straw blower product range.

For more information on the Vario Volume extension system or other BvL products, contact your local machinery depot. Carrs Billington depots at Annan, Barnard Castle, Carlisle, Hexham, Morpeth and Penrith.

Cattle Tagging – Best Practice

Tagging of cattle is a mandatory exercise, and first tagging should be carried out within 36 hours for dairy cattle, and 20 days for beef. The British Cattle Movement Service offer advice on best practices for tagging your cattle. You should consider the following points when tagging your bovines.

  • The tag should be applied 1/3 from the head and 2/3 from the tip of the ear.
  • For cattle the tags should be inserted in the middle/lower ear.
  • Avoid piercing the ridges of cartilage in the ear, as this may deform the ear and may also result in infection.
  • Make sure that you or your operator is properly trained and competent in the application of ear tags. Read the Health and Safety Executive’s advice on the handling and housing of cattle (Agriculture Information Sheet 35). HERE
  • Make sure that you are using the correct applicator for the model of tag you are fitting. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Fit in cool weather (where possible) to minimise infections.
  • Secure the animal’s head to prevent jerking during tagging.
  • Apply tags under hygienic conditions. The operator’s hands, the ear, the tag and the applicator should be clean. Disinfect as necessary using an appropriate solution.
  • When fitting plastic tags make sure the tags line up correctly on the applicator and will lock together when correctly fitted.
  • In the case of plastic tags ensure that both parts of the tag have the same number.
  • In the case of plastic tags the female part of the tag should always be on the inside of the ear, this will reduce the chance of the tag snagging or catching on obstructions such as fences, gates and feeding troughs. The male part of the tag should always enter from the back of the ear.
  • Check the ear after about 10 days for signs of damage or infection. Consult your veterinary surgeon as necessary.
  • Store unused tags in a clean dry container.

Cattle tags are available to order from all of our Country Stores, and SAME DAY  REPLACEMENT TAGS are available from our Barnard Castle, Kendal and Stirling branches with their on-site laser facilities.

The Hustler machine is one of the best……..

“This Hustler machine is one of the best cattle feeding equipment that I’ve owned for a long time”

Callum Kettles is the Farm Manager for Hornby Hall Farms located near Penrith, England and he has owned a Hustler feedlot bale feeder for over a year. Check out what Callum has to say about it! Callum Kettles and his team farm 2,000 breading ewes at Hornby Hall. Callum was looking for a bale feeder able to feed out various types of hay and baleage to his ewes which are housed indoor. He talked to his local accredited Hustler dealer Rob Sunter at the Penrith depot, who organised a demo of the SL450X (LM105T) feed lot bale unroller on his farm

“This Hustler machine is one of the best cattle feeding equipment that I’ve owned for a long time”

From left: Heather (Hornby Hall farm operator), Rob (Carrs Billington dealership), Callum (Hornby Hall farm manager)


Callum is wrapped with his Hustler: it feeds out all his bales, it’s robust and it doesn’t require much maintenance.

The SL450X (LM105T) feedlot bale unroller is a self-loading 3-point-linkage mounted trough feeder suitable for feeding out into troughs, feed bunkers, over fences or onto feed pads a wide variety of mainly round bales and silage along with some square bales when using the optional sidebars. the SL450X (LM105T) comes with 6 major benefits:

  1. Maximum reach: with its large elevator, the SL450X (LM105T) feedlot bale unroller allows feeding out into hay baskets/cradles as well as troughs and feedpads
  2. Compact size: one the elevator is in up position, you’ll be able to go wherever your tractor goes, even in narrow barns.
  3. Easy to use: the SL450X (LM105T) feedlot bale unroller has single level feed control, making it very easy to use and ideal for share milkers or for indoor feeding.
  4. Toughest chain on the market: with its super strong roller chains (combined strength of 24,000lbs) and tough 40x40mm zinc-plated bars, the SL450X (LM105T) feedlot bale unroller won’t let you down
  5. Low maintenance: instead of bushes, the SL450X (LM105T) feedlot bale unroller is equipped with longer-lasting block bearings, mounted outboard to keep them clean and free of damage
  6. More safety: the high rear bar means the bale cannot screw off the back (optional side rails are available for maximum safety) which allows you or your staff to work with a safer piece of equipment.

For more information on the full range of Hustler Equipment, contact you local Carrs Billington Machinery depot.

Branches at:

Annan, Barnard Castle, Carlisle, Hexham, Morpeth and Penrith.

A Yamaha All Terrain Vehicle for whatever you do, wherever you go

Work, leisure, sport. And more.

More than any other manufacturer, Yamaha is committed to offering every customer the widest choice of quality ATVs that are designed to excel in every situation. From the rugged and hard-working Kodiak and Grizzly models through to the high performance YFZ Sport ATVs and the YFM youth model, Yamaha enables everyone to find the right vehicle to suit their lifestyle.

For 2020 the Yamaha Kodiak 450 utility models benefit from a number of significant upgrades that enhance their functionality, while a number of other utility, leisure and sport ATVs are offered in a range of new colours and graphics.

2020 Kodiak 450:Rugged, versatile and practical

Throughout the ATV world the Kodiak is recognized as the leading name in the utility class, and for 2020 the rugged, versatile and practical Kodiak 450 comes with a higher standard specification that makes it an even more effective workhorse.

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.

A key feature of the Kodiak 450 is its compact body design with a roomy riding space that ensures all day comfort, making this an ideal mid-sized ATV for work or leisure. Its high torque 421cc 4-stroke EFI engine drives through the Ultramatic automatic transmission for a smooth and effortless ride – and Yamaha’s industry-leading On Command drive system enables the user to switch seamlessly between 2WD and 4WD when required, with the push of a button.

With a 120kg rack carrying capacity and 600kg towing capacity – together with its increased winch capacity of over 1134kg – the Kodiak 450 is a true all-rounder that can tackle almost any job – and yet at the same time this tough and reliable ATV is the ideal fun and leisure vehicle when the work is done.

For 2020 the Kodiak 450 will be available in a new Olive Green finish that joins the existing Ridge Red, Yamaha Blue and Camo options.

Kodiak 450 Overview

  • Versatile and practical mid-sized utility ATV
  • New factory installed WARN VRx25 winch with over 1134kg capacity
  • New Olive Green colour option
  • All day comfort, added functionality, easy to use
  • Designed for work and leisure
  • Premium Yamaha quality with great value for money
  • High-torque 421cc 4-stroke engine
  • Economical and reliable Electronic Fuel Injection
  • Compact body design with roomy riding space
  • Long-travel suspension with gas shock absorbers
  • On Command push button 2WD / 4WD drive system
  • Ultramatic automatic CVT transmission
  • 120kg rack carrying capacity; 600kg towing capacity

Discover the full features at

Colours and availability

Kodiak 450 colours                             Olive Green (New for 2020)

Ridge Red

Yamaha Blue


Available from October 2019

Dog worming is as important as servicing your tractor

Autumn is looming over us, and some of your machinery will soon be cleaned up, serviced, and put away until next year. It is wise to look after important pieces of equipment that are vital to the running of your farm, but is it possible you have missed something, something that can affect the health of your stock, the efficiency of your farm and can even your own wellbeing.

Working dogs are as valuable as any piece of machinery, which is subject to servicing each year, so consider the reasons to apply the same ethos to sheep dogs. The impact of worms on livestock is well recognised, backed up by many trials over the years, and farmers undertake dosing a regime to combat this, but how many apply the same care and attention to their working dogs? It is vital to worm your dogs, and for the sake of the equivalent cost of a couple of cans of marker spray, your hard-working dog can benefit from improved energy and longevity, and it can also have impacts on your commercial stock.

Firstly, and most commonly, dogs along with humans, are the final host for tapeworm. Some species of tapeworm have the sheep as its intermediate host. Although tapeworm is harmless in dogs, it can cause cysts that are fatal to sheep. The worm is spread when dogs eat infected sheep carcass or their dung. Making it important to treat both dogs and sheep.

A healthy dog is an asset to your farm

Secondly, any burden of worms a dog may be harbouring is consuming away vital vitamins, minerals and water your dog needs. Taking away these precious resources reduces the efficiency of the dogs’ gut, reducing their energy levels and putting strain on their immune system. A large enough burden especially in puppies or weaker, older animals can be fatal.

Finally, a couple of other diseases found in livestock can be spread by dogs. These include Neosporosis and Sarcocytosis which are particularly nasty for livestock. Neosporosis can cause abortion in cattle and Sarcocystosis can cause abortion in sheep and sometimes death.

By worming your dogs efficiently at least every three months, you can reduce the risk to your dog and your livestock. It may be advisable to provide a flea and tick control at the same time.

At Carrs Billington we value the importance of animal health medicines and this applies to canines as much as ruminants. Our highly qualified SQP staff are in every branch and are qualified to advise on all aspects of parasite control including resistance levels. Chat to your local animal health specialist next time you are in branch.