British pigmeat exports to Russia can resume after Russian authorities lifted an export ban imposed in the wake of the foot and mouth epidemic.

British Pig Executive Chairman Stewart Houston said: "This is very good news for the industry.

"The Russian market is seen as an extremely important one and BPEX has been working hard to re-establish trade.

"It is another important piece in the jigsaw to rebuild export markets for British pig meat. Our next target is Japan and this is where we will be focusing our efforts."