Vigilance will keep BSE threat at bay
Whoever said that "perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did" wasn't talking about Irish farming, but they could've been.
Just a week ago, there was considerable relief as the possibility of BSE in Ireland was knocked back to "negligible risk". Therefore, the news of a suspected case on a farm in Louth has come as a bolt from the blue.
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney was right to highlight the fact that the discovery was testament to the efficacy of our vigilance and intensive screening measures.