Ulster Wool predicts higher prices

IN ACTION: Head Grader Allen McIntosh in action at the Ulster Depot.

THE Ulster Wool depot team grades tonnes of wool on a daily basis, ensuring farmers across Northern Ireland realise the true market value for their wool.

Over 1.2 million kg of wool was sold last year on behalf of registered producers, and prices have continued to rise this season. Depot Manager Jayne Harkness-Bones commented: “We’ve seen great results at the first five sales this season. Prices for most types are around 10p per kg higher than we achieved last season and clearances have averaged over 90 per cent. This means we’re confident that producers will be paid more for their wool this year.”

Head Grader Allen McIntosh can grade over 4.5 tonnes of wool a day, sorting wools into over 100 different grades to ensure returns to farmers are maximised.

Joint Depot Manager Stephen Preston commented: “The trial Intermediate Depot at Taggart Jack in Strabane collected wool until Monday past. This is a great facility for farmers to use, as well as the other collection sites in the area which are continuing to collect wool.”

With the winter months approaching and farmers now focusing on clearing sheds ready for housing stock, the team welcomes existing and new producers to bring their wool to the Ulster Wool Depot. To book your delivery, or for more information about registering as an Ulster Wool producer, call 02894 462131.


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