About Us

General Information

The aims and objectives of NFSCo CIC are:

  • To provide a National service for the collection and disposal of fallen stock that help farmers to comply with the Animal By-Product regulations;
  • To provide a fallen stock service that farmers use out of choice;
  • To create competition between collectors to keep prices low;
  • To promote high levels of bio-security;
  • To find ways of reducing the cost of fallen stock disposal, without compromising the efficiency and service levels of collectors.

The Board

photo of Charles Bourns
Charles Bourns - Chairman

Charles owns and runs a poultry farm which produces 400,000 chickens per annum based in Charfield. He is a dedicated advocate of British poultry farmers and the British poultry industry and is a recognised spokesman for them both at National and International level, dealing particularly with policy and regulation. Charles brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board having previously held positions with the NFU Poultry Board, British Egg Industry Council and European Commission Poultry Advisory Group.

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Robert Forrest - Company Secretary & Director for Scotland

Robert manages the family mixed farming business of arable and 370 Suckler Cows in East Berwickshire,   Director of Rural Surveyors business, FBRSeed Ltd, with a diverse experience in the Agricultural Industry. In additon to these business interests, Robert has gained invaluable experience in his involvement with many industry related organisations including  Director of The Royal Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland  and Past President of the Scottish Agricultural Arbiters and Valuers Association.

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Andrew Blenkiron - Vice Chairman

Andrew is Estate Director on the 11,000 acre Euston Estate in Suffolk, this includes a substantial and varied in-hand farming operation extending to around 7,000 acres, including suckler cows and breeding sheep. The estate also supports free range chickens and outdoor breeding pigs. Andrew comes from a family farming background, with his grandparents having run a small, tenanted hill suckler and sheep farm in Nidderdale, Yorkshire, he is presently Chairman of NFU Suffolk and sits on various industry committees and is a Professional Fellow of the institute of Agricultural Management and a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies.

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Campbell Tweed OBE - Director for Northern Ireland

Campbell is a suckler cow and sheep farmer from Cairncastle, near Larne, on the County Antrim coast. He is currently chairman of the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust and is a former president of the Ulster Farmers' Union. He has also served on various other organisations including the UK Hill Farming Advisory Committee and the Northern Ireland National Sheep Association.

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David Lovatt - Director

David has over 40 years experience in the Fallen Stock Industry, bringing a wealth of experience as LASSA Secretary and as former owner of Brassington & Co, from Leek in Staffordshire.

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Huw Davies - Director for Wales

Huw and his wife Sheila, live on a tenanted National Trust farm on the Dolaucothi Estate in West Wales. He undertook a Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust study, Farm Animal Welfare - a voyage of discovery

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Charles Searcombe - Director for England

Charles is a sheep farmer with a 2000 flock of breeding sheep. He has extensive experience with active participation in cross industry initiatives such as SCOPs, RUMA Targets Taskforce and Chair of Sheep Breeders Round Table. Charles is currently a non-executive director of AHWBE, Trustee for National Sheep Association and Chair of British Charollais Sheep Society and is Sheep industry lead for Animal Health and Welfare Pathway and Chair of Legislation Sub Group

NFSCo Administration

NFSCo CIC Administration Centre