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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Carrs Billington's dairy protein breakthrough

New scientific ground is being broken by a leading Cumbrian agricultural company.

Carrs Billington photo
Rae Tomlinson

Carrs Billington says the work it is doing on a feed product is the first major breakthrough in protein nutrition in 20 years.

Farmers are now being told of the savings they could make from the company’s latest innovation – targeting the dairy market – as the firm’s expansion continues.

Details were unveiled as Carrs Billington unveiled a new £1.3m manufacturing facility at its Lancaster mill, a move they say will benefit milk producers and consumers.

Chief technical officer Duncan Rose said: “Dairy cows waste about 75 per cent of the protein they consume, which means that a 100-cow herd would excrete the equivalent of 80 tonnes of protein every year.

“This is incredibly wasteful and expensive for farmers, and there is increasing pressure from government to reduce our carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.

“Potentially, this loss could reduce to 70 tonnes with improved nutrition and have no adverse effect on production.”

The product – AminoMax-Pro – has been brought to the market using a new patented process.

Carrs Billington managing director Rae Tomlinson said: “Forage plays a part, but feeding the cow proteins that contain the optimum balance of amino acids will improve efficiency and profitability in dairy herds.

“AminoMax-Pro can be uniquely tailored to balance an individual farm’s amino acid requirements by blending protected rape and soya in the perfect combination.

“The Lancaster process uses 400 sensor checkpoints to ensure guaranteed product quality and reliable consistency.”

Mr Rose added: “Using AminoMax-Pro offers us the opportunity to significantly cut the amount of protein we feed year-round, which will benefit the cow, the farmer’s pocket and the environment.”

The new product has been launched as parent company Carr’s Milling Industries, whose headquarters are in Stanwix, Carlisle, continues to perform well.

The company made £10.1m in the six months to March 2, up 36.2 per cent on the same period last year. Turnover was 18.1 per cent higher at £231.6m.

The firm has also been investing in its retailing and farm machinery business, opening a new dealership in Kendal and refurbishing its site at Rosehill, Carlisle.

A new branch in Annan is due to open early next year, with building work on that development taking shape.

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