Up to 300 farmers attended a rally in Ballyhaunis last night to discuss the weekend beef agreement.

Representatives from  the Beef Plan movement and the INHFA addressed the rally, along with independent farmers.

The general consensus was that local farmers were happy with many of the recommendations made at the weekend, until it comes to the issue of base price, which could not be discussed around the table due to competition law.

Independent farmers agreed to continue protests outside Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis while negotiations continue with local management on a base price farmers can accept.

A new beef producers' group is also being set up to negotiate on farmers' behalf with the meat plants.

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