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Thursday 8 December 2016

Buyers reject new wool storage rules

Tom Gilmore

Published 09/03/2010 | 05:00

RESTRICTED: Wool buyer David Glynn, Dunmore, Co Galway, sits in his store as fears grow that EU proposals to introduce a raft of new wool storage rules may impact hard on the sector RAY RYAN
RESTRICTED: Wool buyer David Glynn, Dunmore, Co Galway, sits in his store as fears grow that EU proposals to introduce a raft of new wool storage rules may impact hard on the sector RAY RYAN

New EU rules on the storage of wool will force many small merchants out of the business, buyers have warned.

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The new rules dictate that special floors and dividing walls must be erected to isolate wool stocks from other products.

Wool is now classified as a 'Category 3' product -- or animal by-product -- and this has informed the EU and the Department of Agriculture decision to introduce the new storage restrictions.

Galway wool merchant David Glynn said the regulations would drive many small buyers out of the trade.

Mr Glynn's family have been buying wool in the Dunmore area of north Galway for four generations but he fears the new EU rules will close him down.

"We are one of the few traditional family businesses still buying wool in this part of north Galway and south Mayo," he said. "I believe that many of the new regulations are coming from the EU.

"If they force more small wool buyers out of business in rural areas, it means the farmers will have to travel even further to sell their wool."

Mr Glynn said a letter setting out the new storage restrictions was sent to merchants by the Department recently.

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"Even if we deliver animal feeds to a farmer now and if he wanted us to collect the wool in the same delivery truck, we can't do it if there is still any animal feeds in the vehicle.

"The new rules are daft and will hit us hard this summer and put some of us out of business," explained one small wool buyer in north Galway who did not want to be named.

"The once popular local wool merchant is going to be nothing more than a mere memory if the Department of Agriculture implements these new regulations," claimed Fine Gael TD Paul Connaughton.

According to Deputy Connaughton it is up to the Minister for Agriculture to limit the impact of new measures.

"There will have to be some buyers left in rural towns and villages to allow local sheep farmers to dispose of wool," he insisted.

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