One of the demands from farmers in the current beef dispute is that the 30-month rule for cattle be dropped.

Farmers bringing animals over the 30-months to processing factories are currently penalised - and these penalties cost Irish farmers over €33 million last year.

Tomorrow, supermarkets and butchers across Co Roscommon are being invited to a meeting, to get their views on whether the 30-month rule could be dropped.

The meeting is being organised by an alliance of 10 members of Roscommon County Council, who will then convey the outcome of the meeting to the Agriculture Minister Michael Creed.

Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Castlerea-based Fianna Fail Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice said the councillors want the views of the retailers on this issue.

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