Russian meat processor Miratorg has plans to construct a 30,000-strong sheep farm, with further plans to build 10 more. A processing plant would also be built, with an annual production capacity of 1.5m head. If successful, it would be one of the largest lamb farm and processing hubs in the world.

In March, UK cattle slaughterings decreased by 5%, to 160,900 head, compared with the same period last year. The majority of the reduction was driven by a 6% decline in heifer throughputs, which stood at 60,000 head. Steer slaughterings also fell by 4%, young bull throughputs declined by 6% and calf slaughterings fell by 11%.