BWMB opens new Richmond intermediate depot

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The British Wool Marketing Board’s North of England Wools (NOEWs) Grading Depot in Bradford is pleased to announce the opening of a new Intermediate Depot (ID) in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

After communication with local producers and hauliers, this is welcome news which will benefit producers in the Richmond area.

The new ID is located on the premises of the Bainbridge brothers at Marrick Abbey, Richmond. An established NOEWs haulier for the last 16 years, the brothers have kindly agreed to set up an ID on their farm, which will allow producers to deliver their wool directly. Here it will be compacted and delivered to NOEWs in Bradford at no extra cost to the producers.

Ernest, Syd and Andrew Bainbridge are sheep farmers in their own right, having farmed at Marrick Abbey for three generations. The brothers are strong believers in the importance of good quality wool, and have been successful in showing their own sheep over the years.

Chris Rowan, Depot Manager at NOEWs said: “As a depot we handle approximately 5.6 million kilos of wool from over 9,000 producers covering the areas from the Scottish borders down to Derbyshire. It is therefore essential we continue to provide our producers with a high level of service and the ID structure is an effective and efficient way of achieving this.

“Working together with Ernest, we identified Richmond and North Yorkshire as an area where producers would benefit from the establishment of a new ID. Along with our other ID’s located in Ashbourne, Buxton, Carlisle and Chipping producers can be assured of a high level of service getting their wool off farm ready to be graded, packed and tested before the wool is sold at one of the BWMB auctions.”

Gareth Jones, Producer Communications Manager, BWMB added: “The benefit of the ID structure is that it provides producers with an important service locally to deliver their wool – there is also the added benefit of no additional charge for producers who deliver their wool to their authorised Grading Depot or ID. The BWMB and our depots across the UK are committed to ensuring a high level of service to all producers and maximising the value of their wool.”

Any producers wishing to make arrangements to deliver their wool on specific loading days or require any further information can contact Ernest on 07772 623119 or Syd on 07815 541732.