The Agriculture Minister has intervened in the talks in the ongoing beef dispute.

A third day of negotiations is underway in Co Kildare, involving representatives from the Beef Plan Movement, Meat Industry Ireland, farming organisations, and Minister Michael Creed.

The long-running dispute centres on the prices farmers are getting from the factories for their animals.

Meanwhile, the ICSA has urged factories not to discriminate against farmers who took part in recent factory protests.

The association says it has come to their attention that many farmers feel they are being treated less favourably by several meat processors as a direct result of their having participated in the protests, and some are even being turned away.

The Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers Association says punishing farmers who engaged in peaceful protests is unacceptable.