BSE scare poses risk to €22bn beef exports

Joseph McArdle faces his problems head on. A cow that died on his beef and dairy farm is suspected of carrying BSE, so-called mad cow disease, leading to fears that the country’s €22 billion beef export business faces a crisis.

14th June, 2015
The McArdle family's farm on the louth-Monaghan border

For McArdle, in the eye of the storm, the easy thing to do when yet another reporter entered his farm yard was to slip away and hide. Instead he strode purposefully across his immaculately kept concrete yard.

“I’m unable to make any comment at this time,” he said in a soft voice, with eyes looking tired and sad. “The case is not verified and all the information is with the Department of Agriculture. Other than...

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