Britain expects its exports of pigmeat to Hong Kong to grow from 17,000 tonnes last year to some 19,000 tonnes this year, making it the country’s second biggest market after Germany, which took 33,000 tonnes of British pigmeat in 2008.

“This is all very encouraging and makes us more determined to focus on the Far East,” says British Pig Executive (BPEX) international manager Peter Hardwick, who added the UK had also started exporting breeding pigs to the Ukraine, which he described as a “sizeable and active” market.