Businessman hoping to import the animals on 60 flights as country steps up efforts to circumvent blockade by its Gulf neighbours

A Qatari businessman is planning to airlift 4,000 Holstein dairy cows into the country as part of efforts to maintain milk supplies to the country, which has been subjected to a blockade by its Gulf Arab neighbours.

The proposal – described as the biggest airlift of cattle ever attempted – comes as Qatar moves rapidly to open an air and sea bridge via Iran, Turkey and port facilities in Oman.

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