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Farmers Race Against Brexit Clock to Fatten Up British Lambs

Some sheep farmers are trying to sell their flock before Oct. 31 and fear prices will collapse if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

Sheep graze in a field near Basingstoke, U.K. 

Sheep graze in a field near Basingstoke, U.K. 

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

In the Devonshire countryside, sheep farmer Bryan Griffiths is trying to beat the Brexit countdown clock. His flock is on a high-calorie diet.

Griffiths wants them to be fat enough for sale before Oct. 31 in case Britain leaves the European Union without a deal, closing off the U.K.‘s main export market and causing prices to plunge. Griffiths, who tends about 900 sheep, spent extra money this year buying concentrated feed.