Beef farmers to escalate dispute with factories

Beef farmers to escalate dispute with factories

Farmers are escalating their dispute with factories over beef prices, with a 48-hour protest outside beef factories is due to start on Sunday afternoon.

The IFA will hold a meeting with representatives of the meat industry tomorrow, in a bid to reach agreement over prices and beef specification issues.

The IFA's Eddie Downey said that unless there was agreement, protests would be escalated.

"There has to be serious engagement by the industry," he said. "They had us in a position where we had too many cattle in the system. They took advantage (of that and) it has to be rowed back.

"The industry is now back in balance and the specifications under which we trade with this industry must be put right."

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