Mudgee buyer's wool yarn comes to an end

FINAL FLEECES: Local wool buyer Jim Pirie will retire from the industry after this week.
FINAL FLEECES: Local wool buyer Jim Pirie will retire from the industry after this week.

Mudgee wool buyer Jim Pirie is bringing a decades-long chapter of his life to a close with this his final week in the wool industry.

“It’s mainly due to old age,” he laughed.

“I’ve been in the wool industry ever since I left school; growing, classing, pressing, little bit of shearing, and buying.

“I’ve had a go at all of it.

“It’s a good industry to be in if you’re that way inclined, but it’s not for everybody.

“It’s been a lot of fun, you meet a lot of interesting people – a lot of characters.”

A few years ago the Australian Wool Exchange began recognising woolclassers that have been registered for 50 years, however Jim’s time in the industry actually pre-dated woolclasser registration.

An even longer era will end this week as well.

“This business has been going since the late 1940s, a fellow named Doug Rhodes owned it, I worked for him and I bought it in 1979,” Jim said.

His firearms business will continue and added although he’s no longer in wool “I’ve got plenty else to keep me out of mischief”.