New wool guidelines are baa-rmy!
Published 01/06/2010 | 05:00
If you wanted to illustrate the daftness of some of the rules and regulations governing farming then look no further than the wool trade.
New guidelines on the handling and storage of wool will drive some merchants out of business and many others to distraction.
At risk of being flippant, you'd have to say the new guidelines appear barmy.
One of the contenders for 'daftest regulation of the year' award must be the requirement that wool is now labelled as a Category 3 product and, as such, "is not fit for human consumption".
Sean Moriarty, manager of Comharchumann Uan Chiarrai in Lispole, Co Kerry, has been buying wool for half a lifetime but he is still struggling to make sense of that particular diktat.
"In the past, fellas have threatened to burn wool and even to dump it prices were that bad, but no fella yet has threatened to eat it."
Another gem is the requirement that those handling wool must wear a mask, gloves and overalls.
"You'd think it was some kind of explosive," Sean said wryly.