Two farming organisations - the IFA and the INHFA - are today calling on farmers to lift the pickets at factory gates, and give a chance to the deal hammered out over the weekend.

Up to 300 farmers attended a rally outside Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis last night, where it was generally agreed that the beef deal brokered over the weekend would deliver extra bonuses and see the establishment of a beef market taskforce involving all stakeholders.

However, farmers are still holding out for a higher base price for their cattle, and are vowing to continue to protest on this issue.

 

Colm O'Donnell,President of the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association believes the beef agreement has the potential to deliver for beef farmers, but he claims farmers should end their protests now, or face losing what they've achieved over the past number of weeks.

 

The Galway-based  IFA President Joe Healy is also urging farmers to end the blockades and give the deal hammered out at the weekend a chance.

 

 

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