Farmer pickets were removed from a number of meat plants gates around the country overnight.

Protests at factories in Ballyhaunis, Cork, and Kilkenny are the latest to end after last weekend’s agreement in the beef price row.

Last night, pickets outside Dawn Charleville, Dawn Grannagh, Dawn Ballyhaunis and Kepak Watergrasshill ended.

The final protesters also left ABP Cahir while Kepak Clones has indicated they're preparing to stand down over the weekend.

In a statement, the Independent Farmers of Ireland says when added to other protests which have stood down, it's clear the majority have decided the proposal agreed last Sunday provides the best blueprint for the future.

It adds while the proposal is not ideal, it's clear the majority feel it can provide a solid foundation for the future.

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