It's day 9 of the protest action by beef farmers outside a number of meat factories across the country.

Yesterday evening, up to 200 members of the Beef Plan Movement took part in the ongoing action outside the Dawn Meats plant in Ballyhaunis, with a large number of farmers taking up position outside the gates again today - despite the inclement weather.

Collapsing beef prices, and the poor margin the farmer is getting for their animals are among the main reasons for the protest action.

Meanwhile, Mayo Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers says farmers picketing at the gates of the meat plants have the support of the general public and the factory workers.

Deputy Chambers joined farmers on the protest line outside Dawn Meats yesterday.

She told Midwest News that farmers have been backed into this position after exhausting all other avenues open to them, as their income is collapsing.




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