The sheep sector has often been seen as the poor relation to dairy and beef sector issues and the same rings true on sheep health issues.

Up to now, Animal Health Ireland (AHI) has focused on dairy and beef problems. It is positive therefore that Teagasc has taken the initiative in bringing industry stakeholders together to get the latest information on economically important diseases out to farmers, as reported in this week's focus. The Irish Farmers Journal is delighted to be able to contribute to this important area.