A new partnership to tackle Bovine TB - a disease in cattle that costs taxpayers in Northern Ireland £40m a year - has been launched.
It follows a study, commissioned by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), into ways to eradicate the problem.
Almost one in 10 herds are estimated to have TB, with infected animals slaughtered and affected herds subject to restrictions.
The current strategy entails the regular testing of animals with diseased reactors removed by DAERA. Farmers are compensated for cattle that are removed.
But the impact of losing animals that have unique pedigrees and breeding qualities honed over many years still represents a genuine wrench for farmers.
Despite many years of testing and reactor removal the aim of eradicating the disease seems to be as distant as was the case decades ago.
Given this backdrop DAERA has embarked on a new and ambitious campaign to finally get to grips with the TB scourge.
The latest phase of the initiative was unveiled on day two of Balmoral Show with DAERA announcing the establishment of a new TB Eradication Partnership (TBEP).
According to permanent secretary Dennis McMahon, the initiative represents a fresh approach to addressing the high levels of TB in this part of the world.
In essence, industry stakeholders and veterinary representatives within the partnership will work with DAERA to provide independent advice, assist in policy development and in programme delivery.
The eventual aim remains that of eradicating the disease here. Speaking to representatives from across the agri-food and environment sectors, Mr McMahon said: "We recognise the challenge that faces all of us with the high rate of TB incidence.
"It is the source of significant stress for our farming families and has the potential to inflict serious damage on the wider agri-food industry and its ability to trade on a global scale.
"While we have taken a number of measures to address the issue, we want to keep moving forward with our approach.
"TBEP will bring together individuals with knowledge and practical experience who will for the first time have a major role in shaping the TB programme at both a policy and ground level.
"Farmers will be involved at every level having an input to how the TB programme operates and bringing their experience to the problem."
Mr McMahon announced that Sean Hogan has been appointed as chair of TBEP alongside Seamus O'Kane, from a veterinary background, Dr Sam Strain, from a science background and Adrian Patterson and David Rea, both from a farming background.
Mr McMahon did not address the issue of how the evolving TB eradication campaign will be funded. Approximately £40m is spent by DAERA in compensating farmers for the removal of reactor cattle on an annual basis.
Some have questioned will this level of funding be available into the future. Many farmers believe this may not be the case.
The other imponderable is the badger issue. Badgers are known to harbour and spread Bovine TB.
Farm stakeholder groups are adamant that the testing of badgers must be an integral part of a future TB eradication campaign. This was a point made with great ferocity by Royal Ulster Agricultural Society president Cyril Millar when he spoke on day two of this year's Balmoral Show.
What remains certain is the fact that TB eradication will remain a core challenge for agriculture for many years to come.