THE National Fallen Stock Company's boss has categ-orically denied accusations that the organisation is dictating prices.

NFSCo Chairman Michael Seals was responding to a Cumbria National Farmers' Union meeting where members said the county's three collectors were now offering collection on identical pricing scales for different livestock and categories.

"They wanted reassurance from me that the NFSCo was not dictating prices," he said. "I can categorically say that we are not."

Mr Seals said he would get an answer as to why prices were similar and said he wanted farmers to have a choice in regards to price.

NFU county chairman Alistair Mackintosh welcomed Mr Seals's comments but added that he felt the NFSCo should be accountable to its members and be more proactive in managing the price structure to ensure its members got value for money.

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