The Far East is helping the UK’s red meat export industry as the sector copes with Brexit changes and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Red meat exports from the UK to Asia in what has been an incredibly challenging start to the year.
Brexit and COVID-19 reduced exports of beef, lamb and pork to Europe during the first three months of 2020, but markets outside of the EU have helped bolster trade.
Exports of pig meat, including offal, have risen in both volume and value, increasing 31% to 63,000 tonnes, worth over £110 million – an increase of 42% compared to the same period last year.
Sheep exports to non-EU countries also rose 30% in volume.