Farming in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and the south west? Our team of animal feed specialists advise on cattle, sheep and poultry feed, manufactured and distributed throughout Devon and the west country.
Our specially developed range of animal feeds are nutritionally balanced to provide all the animal nutrition benefits necessary to keep your stock healthy and productive
Progressive nutritional approach
At CMC our nutritionists have the most up to date tools to help your animals perform. The latest nutritional software combined with an innovative approach on farm makes CMC the company of choice when it comes to feeding your livestock.
Our nutritionist and feed specialist come from practical farming backgrounds, Either having managed farms or have a farm at home themselves. This means that you are getting advice from people who know what you are going through on a daily basis and can then provide advice which is far more practical and easy to achieve.
A team of individuals
We recognise that your needs as a customer are different and we are happy to say that every member of our team is different, different backgrounds different experience different personalities. This means that whatever your farming system and whatever your approach we will have someone who is able to meet your requirements in terms of technical knowledge and fit on your unit
State of the art mill
Our state of the art mill is based in Crediton in heart the Devon. The facility which has been recently rebuilt is currently the most modern animal feed production facility in The UK. Enabling high output levels combined with quality production. We are able to produce rolls, nuts, pellets, meal and blends.
We understand that you as a customer have different requirements for your feeds. We are in the very fortunate position that we can manufacture any diet for any customer within reason. The way our mill has been built ensures that we are able to produce feed for both small businesses and larger multi unit sites. All of our feeds are fixed formulation and have been since 1964.
There has been the mill on the site at Crediton since the 1700s. In 1964 Crediton milling company was founded to supply animal feed to local farmers, since then it has continued to grow under the stewardship of the Gulley family, with the 4th generation now working in the mill.
The founding principles which still apply today were:
- Better rations
- More value for money
- A higher degree of service
Modern delivery fleet
Getting your feed on farm on time whatever the weather is imperative, we have a large modern fleet which combines many lorry sizes to ensure that we can meet you are requirements. With three tonne minimum drop sizes on bulk feeds we are able to provide you with the service you need. we also deliver bags via are smaller curtain side lorries and trucks.
Blends and Meals
Meet the team
Our focus team are all members of the Register of Mobility Scorers, and are available to come and score your herd on a regular basis. These results can be used to improve lameness on farm and productivity, but also used for your milk buyer as part of their quality assurance scheme. We provide results in graphical form and also provide individual cow lists for your foot trimmer, As well as TaylorMade advice on how to improve your lameness on farm.
Our trained team will come and body condition score your cows, usually at the same time as mobility scoring enabling both you and your CMC nutritionist to assess dietary effectiveness but also highlighting areas of improvement or potential future problems to ensure timely intervention.
Costings are provided via a third party in this case Kingshay. Monthly costings are provided free of charge for customers with the option of discounted upgrades enabling access to forage costings, herd health monitoring and full farm costings.
Fertility reviews are carried out using dairy comp 305 giving a useful insight into fertility performance and in conjunction with your vet a fertility plan to improve herd performance and profitability. This service also allows you to get more out of your milk recording data and get a real handle on how your dry cow management is actually working.
Our team are all cow signal trained and we have 2 CowSignals® Masters. This gives you the confidence that our years of practical on farm experience is backed up with qualifications and the ability to help you understand what you are seeing on farm, letting your cows tell us what the pinch point on farm is.
This is a combination of all the above services, providing you with the report that covers not only the financial but physical performance of your unit and highlighting key areas of improvement and prioritising them, so enabling you to target investment and changes to ensure the biggest return.
Meet the team
Soil sampling and Soil Fertility Review
We have a dedicated team of forage specialists; their job is too help you get the most out of your grassland and cropping. Soil samples are the basis of understanding what is going on in your soil. These range from standard soils too in-depth analysis looking at the physical, biological and chemical aspects of your soil.
Soil samples should be carried out every four years as part of a programme. The soil fertility review looks at individual fields and one of our experts will dig some soil pits and produce a report guiding you as to which remedial action if any you need to take.
Our basis and facts qualified advisers will look at your farm and put together a fertiliser plan that maximises the use of your organic manures and then targets the use of inorganic fertilisers. This plan with your help will then be turned into a record during the year to ensure that you are fully compliant with regulations. The fertiliser plan and advice will also recognise that you are growing a crop to turn into a feedstuff so we’ll look at the need and potential inclusion of trace elements and the macro elements that are not routinely covered.
For those of you who’s farm is covered by NVZ regulations, we offer NVZ reports that will ensure you are compliant with the regulations.
Forage Budgets and monitoring
Growing enough quality forage to ensure that your cows have enough to reach your performance aspirations is vital. By putting together a forage budget it allows you to see any potential shortfalls and think about alternative cropping. Our team will then monitor this cut by cut and help you with your decision-making process throughout the season. also working with you through the grazing season using our own bespoke grazing wedge programme or satellite monitoring we will be there to guide you through the tricky balance of maximising storage performance and maintaining overall milk yields and quality.
Sward Assessment and Reseeding Plans
Knowing which fields to reseed, which fields to overseed and which fields to leave isn’t an easy task. By walking your farm with you and helping you assess your fields we can prioritise to ensure maximum return on your spend. As part of this we can also recommend seed mixtures and alternative cropping to maximise dry matter yield Being produced on your farm.
Meet the team
For over 25 years, Britmilk has specialised in calf, lamb and kid milk replacers. With our extensive range of Milk Replacers including Skim based and Whey based products we have a product suitable for all systems and budgets.
Britmilk milk replacers are the result of many years expertise and experience coupled with the constant aim of producing the finest milk products to feed to young calves and lambs.
Rearing calves successfully is probably the most difficult enterprise on any dairy farm or specialist calf rearing unit.
Britmilk Calf milk replacers are formulated to produce low osmolarity powders. Quality oils/fats are fully homogenised, this is when liquid fats/oils are mixed with skim or whey to create fat molecules of less than 2 microns in diameter which are then encapsulated in milk solids and spray dried at low temperature. This process results in less free fat in calf milk and leads to greater digestibility.
All Britmilk calf milk powders contain the health package Bio-Start which contains probiotics to seed the gut with beneficial bacteria. prebiotics in the form of mannan sugars derived from yeasts to mop up pathogenic bacteria and viruses and absorb mycotoxins. Specific proteins are present which help to prevent bad bacteria and viruses from attaching to the gut lining and thus reducing damage and leading to improved feed efficiency. Calcium butyrate is added to stimulate gut health.
Many of our calf milk powders contain Biocox as standard and with some it is a option. Biocox is a blend of essential oils and plant extracts with its primary role to control the growth of undesirable organism and also enhance the immune system.
Additionally many of our milks contain Nature-Boost as standard. Nature-Boost is a complex combination of natural products to stimulate the immune system to help fight disease. It helps to open the airways for removal of harmful bacteria from the lungs. It also increases the inhibition of harmful bacteria within the gut and airways.
Fertilisers and soil conditioners
Meet the team
Russell is an important member of our management team and leads our poultry sector. His knowledge of poultry stems back over 25 years and he is a substantial poultry grower himself, on his farm at Black Dog. Free-range layers are a high percentage of his customer base, but he also has many meat producing customers and the knowledge and experience he brings to all of their enterprises is second to none. With his two sons now having grown up he enjoys spending time with his wife Alison. In his spare time he enjoys shooting, rugby and socialising with his friends.
Will is an integral part of our team as a Poultry Feed Specialist, with a broad knowledge of the feed industry. He has an industrious character who becomes deeply involved in his customers’ enterprises. He is also a free range egg producer in his own right; working with his Wife Millie to manage 9,000 Clarence Court hens on the home farm. Previously, he earned a Diploma in Nutrition from Harper Adams, spent 2 days a week for 6 months working at Blackdog Free Range eggs, passed his HGV test and has worked in the mill and warehouse. In his spare time Will enjoys shooting, point to points, squash, and spending time with his young family.
Harriet joined the poultry team at CMC as a Poultry Specialist in January 2020. She was brought up on the family farm in Berkeley, Gloucestershire and has since graduated with a degree in Agriculture from the Royal Agricultural University. Harriet is currently studying for an MSc in Poultry Science alongside her role at Crediton Milling. Post university, Harriet started her career in Agricultural Recruitment, specialising in the poultry sector. This then led to her progressing into the animal health and nutrition sector with Alltech. Harriet has worked closely with layer producers all over the UK, supporting them in any challenges they may face from production to shell quality. Harriet has a passion for agriculture and in particular poultry. She is keen to help and support producers through each flock. She will be on hand to assist with any farm enquiries and how to get the best from your flock. Harriet and her family live in Gloucestershire. She enjoys hunting with the Berkeley and other countryside pursuits!