Major new international developments are boosting the growing popularity of British meat abroad.

A deal, celebrated with a special event in Italy last week, has been reached to supply beef to luxury restaurants in Milan.

Michelin-starred chef Andrea Berton cooked dishes using British beef for the Italian gastronomy press. The UK will export more than 7,000 tonnes of beef to Italy this year.

A £16m joint venture has also been agreed that will set up a farm in Cambodia with an abattoir and dairy unit to supply British meat and dairy to consumers there.

Under the scheme Cambodian company Mong Reththy Group will import semen and embryos from Lordswood Farms in Somerset and produce meat on the farm.

In another development, a £10m, five-year agreement has been signed to supply cattle semen and embryos to Malaysia.