Britons value farmers more than any other country, polling by YouGov has found.

A recent international YouGov survey of more than 22,000 people in 16 countries looked at the most and least-respected professions.

It was scientists and doctors who came out as the most-respected professions worldwide.

But 47 per cent of UK respondents said they would be happy if their child became a farmer, compared to a global average of 23 per cent.

Asked if he feels valued and appreciated, Haltwhistle farmer Willie Weatherson said: "Yes, very much so.

"And maybe the most we have ever been."

He added he thinks they are now getting a realistic price for what they produce.

However, Wheelbirks farmer Tom Richardson said: "I think I do feel reasonably valued from the general public’s point of view, but not from a price point of view."

Tom Harrison of Moralee Herefords which is based at Eltringham Farm in Stocksfield, also has more mixed feelings.

"Yes and no," Tom said.

"I think certainly through lockdown there’s been a lot more recognition for British produce.

"The Covid-19 pandemic has made us be more recognised, but I’m not sure if we are more valued."

CLA President Mark Bridgeman said: "Covid-19 and Brexit have challenged food supply chains like never before.

"But it is also making people realise the extent of the UK’s leadership in producing first-class food.

"British farmers have some of the highest environmental and animal welfare standards in the world."