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Gordon Wyeth, host of the new British Wool collection centre in Hampshire

British Wool opens new collection centre in Ropley, Hampshire

After communicating with local producers and hauliers, this is very welcome news and will benefit producers in the Hampshire area.

This newest of British Wool’s collection centres is based on the premises of Gordon Wyeth at Maple Farm, Gilbert Street, Ropley.  Mr Wyeth, supported by the family partnership of his wife Glenys and mother Jennifer, has agreed to work with British Wool in setting up this collection centre, to allow producers to deliver their wool directly.  From here, wool will be collected by haulier and delivered to British Wool’s South Molton depot for grading.

Gordon Wyeth, 2016’s Sheep Farmer of the Year, is no stranger to wool production, having been farming sheep for about 35 years.  Roughly 12 years ago, the Wyeth family moved into low-input New Zealand Romney sheep for an efficient, low cost lamb production system.  The family partnership now farms approximately 10,000 sheep on over 1,000 acres.

Mike Berry, British Wool’s depot manager at South Molton said “as a depot we handle approximately 2.5 million kilos of wool each year from over 3,500 producers, covering a large area across the South and South West.  It is essential we continue to provide our producers with a high level of service.  Our structure of collection centres and intermediate depots across the country are an effective and efficient way of achieving this.

“Working together with Gordon, we identified Hampshire as an area where producers would greatly benefit from the establishment of a new collection centre.  Producers can be assured of a high level of service from Gordon and at our other collection centres, providing them with the facility to get wool off their farm before being transported to the depot where each fleece is individually graded and then packed and tested before being sold at one of the eighteen British Wool auctions across the year.  Gordon will also hold a stock of empty wool sheets for producers to collect for this season’s wool”.

Joe Farren, British Wool’s chief executive officer added “the benefit of our collection centres, intermediate depots and grading depot infrastructure across the UK is that it provides producers with the convenience of dropping their wool locally.  British Wool is committed to ensuring a highly efficient service to all our producers and maximising the value of their wool.”

Any producers wishing to make arrangements to collect empty wool sheets or deliver their 2017 clip to the new Hampshire collection centre must telephone Gordon Wyeth on 07734 534 140 before delivering their clip.

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Notes to Editors:

New collection centre address:

Gordon Wyeth

Maple Farm, Gilbert Street, Ropley, Hampshire SO24 0BY

07734 534 140 

Any producers wishing to make arrangements to deliver their wool, must contact Gordon Wyeth before delivering.

Or

Mike Berry, British Wool’s South Molton depot 01769 572178

Pathfields, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3DU

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Gordon Wyeth, host of the new British Wool collection centre in Hampshire

Contacts:

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact either:

Lauren Boulton, British Wool’s Producer Communications Manager

07970 476300 or laurenboulton@britishwool.org.uk

or

Diane Keating on

01274 688666 or dianekeating@britishwool.org.uk

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