But spare a thought for Spain's cucumber growers, who were wrongly identified as the source of the new bacteria strain when the outbreak surfaced late last month.
Farmers across the continent have suffered hundreds of millions of Euros of losses, as fresh vegetables have been thrown away and sales as well as prices have slumped.
The crisis is unfolding many miles away from our dairy farms, but it brings home a clear message – a severe biosecurity incursion will have dire consequences on the farming community and the national economy.
So it doesn't make sense that the agriculture industry and Government are still squabbling over funding burden for biosecurity.
Everyone agrees there can be no compromise on protection.
However, not everyone agrees with the Government's Biosecurity Reform Legislation currently before Parliament – trying to pass the funding burden from government to industry.
Is biosecurity spending a public or private good activity?
A large number of weeds, pests and diseases threaten the viability of dairy farming in New Zealand.
The bulk of these threats come from imports. Therefore, it seems unfair to force exporters into sharing the cost of fighting future biosecurity incursions with Government.
Given the risk from imports and imports alone, that's where the focus for meeting the cost of any incursion response needs to come from.
The recent KPMG Agribusiness Agenda 2011 ranks a robust biosecurity system as the number one priority among New Zealand's agribusiness leaders. It warns the funding burden must be correctly allocated between the taxpayers and industry participants.
If we get the balance wrong and a risk is consequently ignored, the impact on the industry could be potentially catastrophic.
New Zealand cannot afford not to have world-class protection and we must maintain our no tolerance position regardless of how the system is paid for.