The Minster for Agriculture Michael Creed will commence the second stage of talks in the beef dispute later today.

As the beef dispute over prices that farmers are securing from meat processors drags on, the Minister has said that  “failure is not an option”.

Since talks failed two weeks ago, the sector has been thrown into chaos.

Individual farmers are continuing to protest at the gates of factories and some at supermarket distribution centres across the country.

Overnight hundreds of farmers gathered at the entrance to Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis and early this morning Midwest News spoke to the some of the farmers about the ongoing action.

They said they hope that a solution will be found in the next 48 hours, as they said they are now in the fifth week of protests and their livelihoods are on the floor.

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