What a dreadful blow for the farming community. Last time there was an outbreak, I was working in an area surrounded by farms and travelling daily past mounds of burning cattle. We could smell the bonfires where we worked - being on a hill, we could see several at the same time on different farms. The whole area was blanketed with smoke for days. All last week, taking the scenic route to work (250K in one week) I passed a small farm where the farmer was busy milking the cows each morning, and I thought how lucky we are to still have farms like this - as much a part of the countryside as the hills themselves. Let's hope this outbreak is contained and that we don't see the scenes of 2001 repeated.