Changes to producer haulage charges for the 2021 shearing season have been announced by British Wool with onward carriage fees at approved collection sites being abolished for this season.

In previous years, producers delivering to a British Wool Collection Centre would have been charged £5.15 per wool sheet. This year however, the Bradford-based co-operative has confirmed that producers will not have to pay for transporting wool to collection sites, in a bid to further support farmers as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

New CEO of British Wool, Andrew Hogley said: “Abolishing the onward carriage fees for approved collection site demonstrates our commitment at British Wool in delivering a high level of service and also enhancing our service offer to producers."

He added: “A small number of producers chose to hold on to their wool last year. This meant we handled less wool which had a negative impact on our operating cost per kg. The more wool we handle the more cost effective our operations become which in turn allows us to return more value to all producers.”