Big investment in farm supplies

At the launch of the new AminoMax Pro manufacturing facility at Carrs Billington are, from left: divisional sales manager, Ian Oliver, marketing manager Mark Holliday, managing director Rae Tomlinson, regional sales manager from the USA, Les Berghorn and chief techical officer Duncan Rose.

At the launch of the new AminoMax Pro manufacturing facility at Carrs Billington are, from left: divisional sales manager, Ian Oliver, marketing manager Mark Holliday, managing director Rae Tomlinson, regional sales manager from the USA, Les Berghorn and chief techical officer Duncan Rose.

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One of the UK’s biggest one stop shops for farm supplies is building a new £1.3m animal feed plant in Lancaster.

Carr’s Billington, which has 26 sites across the country, already has a feed mill situated at Lansil Industrial Estate in Caton Road, and is now in the process of commissioning a new ‘AminoMax’ plant at the site.

AminoMax is a new “bypass protein feed product” which has been proven to improve the performance of dairy cattle.

The company, which supplies half a million tonnes of feed to the farming industry and turns over £250m each year, is expecting to have the plant up and running in July.

The product has been successfully manufactured in the USA, and the company now want to expand this part of the business in the UK.

Ray Tomlinson, MD at Carrs Billington, said: “The mill in Lancaster is the most efficient in the country.

“We’ve invested £5m in Lancaster through various activities.

“The site currently employs around 30 people on the manufacturing side, and there are 25 drivers operating from here in the bulk vehicles, and 10 in managerial.

“The aim would be to sustain the existing jobs here in Lancaster and grow them as the business grows.

“We’re a very progressive UK based company developing relationships with the international market.

“The mill in Lancaster is our largest, and in terms of placing it here it was obvious as it’s in the centre of our trade territory.”

Last week, the company’s sales colleagues from America visited the Lancaster site to discuss comparisons between the UK and US dairy markets, as well as issues surrounding dairy cattle nutrition.

Tim Davies, chief executive of Carrs added: “The decision to invest in the AminoMax plant in Lancaster is part of Carrs strategy for continued organic growth.”