Irish agriculture minister Joe Walsh has unveiled a code of farming practice designed to maintain the country's "green, clean image" which has served its food and tourism industries so well. He announced the initiative during the Kerrygold Horse Show, in Dublin, coupling the move with a plea to farmers and traders to maintain their vigilance over foot and mouth disease. The code introduces a wide range of penalties for farmers in breach of the rules. The Irish Dairy Board, which celebrates its 40th birthday this year, sponsored the horse show for the 13th consecutive year. The event is regarded as one of its most successful promotional efforts in its role as an international marketeer. {{NEWS }}

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