UK producers will soon be able to sell their lamb to the US for the first time in twenty years.

British lamb exports to the United States of America will resume in early January after more than two decades.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed it has amended the rule which currently prevents imports of lamb from the UK. The amended 'small ruminant rule' will come into force on 3 January 2022.

NFU President Minette Batters said: “It’s excellent to hear that the work of the UK government and levy boards has finally helped secure access for British lamb to the United States."

“British lamb is a fantastic, sustainable product that is recognised around the world for its quality and we know there is demand for it in the US.”

Mrs Batters continued: “This is exactly the sort of export opportunity we need to see the government pursuing and is something we strongly support. This is a positive step for Britain’s lamb producers and we would urge the government to continue opening up new markets around the world.”

AHDB estimates that securing access to the US market for UK sheep meat is worth at least £37m over the first five years.