Farm leaders are celebrating the end of a ten year ban on British beef exports.

British beef can now be exported without the onerous conditions of the Date-Based Export Scheme.

Junior DEFRA minister Lord Bach said: “This is excellent news for the British farming industry – news that is long overdue.

“Prices for British beef are currently at their highest for nine years. The re-opening of new markets should lead to new opportunities for farmers.”

NFU Cymru president Dai Davies added: “The lifting of the British beef ban is fantastic news for farmers and the UK economy.

“The beef industry is a particularly important component of the GNP of Welsh agriculture contributing almost one third to output.

“What this means is we can now take full advantage of the huge investment the British beef industry has made in quality assurance and which gives our beef a real edge over the competition.”

NFU Scotland president John Kinnaird said the day was the culmination of ten years of hard work by the industry to get Scottish beef back on European dinner tables.

“We are producing the best beef in the business and there is clear demand for it on the Continent, which we can now meet.”