British farmers have been told they can resume live pig exports to China after a five-year gap.
China has agreed to recognise the UK’s freedom from classical swine fever and has issued a health certificate for live pigs.
Defra said the move paved the way for the resumption of pigmeat exports to China. Farmers want to begin exporting offal, popular in China, but which UK companies currently have to pay to have rendered.
As well as the saving accrued by not having to render these products, the extra profit could be worth some £2.50 per slaughtered pig, equating to a potential extra income of around £19m for farmers.