Beef farmers vow to return to picket lines unless talks achieve their ideal outcome

Local members of the Beef Plan Movement are willing to go back on the picket lines at factories if their demands are not fully met in ongoing talks.

Discussions between farmers and Meat Industry Ireland are to continue later this week after talks carried on until the early hours of this morning.

It’s understood that developments were made on market transparency and the introduction of a price index but farmers’ aims of better prices and a commitment to protecting the Irish beef industry have not yet been agreed.

Seamus McAvoy was one of a number of farmers who were protesting outside Liffey Meats in Ballinasloe earlier this month.

He claims that unless key issues are agreed, farmers will be back on the picket line at beef factories :