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By Fiona Reid
Farming
New site for wool depot

WOOL producers in the region will be directed to a new depot from next year.

British Wool has announced the purchase of new premises in Selkirk, which will replace its current depot in Galashiels from the 2023 wool season.

The new site has increased capacity for wool grading and storage.

Commenting, Jim Robertston, farmer director and British Wool chairman, who lives near Langholm, pictured above, said: “Since our restructure in 2021, our Galashiels depot has been handling an increased volume of wool, grading all the wool from Southern Scotland and parts of Northumberland. The existing premises have served British Wool and our members well, but the time is right to modernise our depot operation in the area, investing in the future of wool grading in the Scottish Borders.

“As a farmer marketing organisation, everything we do is about adding value to British wool to maximise the returns to our farmer members. The proceeds from the sale of our premises in Galashiels, along with those from the sale of the Irvine site in 2021, will be reinvested in the business to help us continue to drive operating efficiency.”

Head of operations Billy Hewitson added: “For the remainder of the 2022 wool season, local members should continue to deliver wool to our Galashiels depot.

“We will communicate to members in the region when the new Selkirk depot opens for the 2023 wool season, to explain the changes to wool collection arrangements in the area.”

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