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