Over £1m of pedigree cattle have already been shipped through the high health live export route established by P&O ferries and the NBA in October last year.

Up to 156 pedigree cattle, 39 bulls and six calves have been exported through Dover. The main destinations are France, Germany, Poland, Holland and Belgium and breeds include Limousin, Highland, Dexter, Holstein Friesian, Gallaway, Hereford, Aberdeen Angus, Salers, Gascon and Bazadaise.

The value of this traffic is expected to treble by the end of the year, reckons Kim Marie Haywood of the NBA.