A top level emergency meeting of the Irish Farmers Association is getting underway in Dublin to consider the Association's next move as part of its campaign to secure beef price increases.
IFA President Eddie Downey said there has to be an urgent response from the meat factories as patience on the ground has run out.
He said the massive €350 per-head price gap that has now opened up with our main export market in the UK needs to be addressed.
"This has been a very difficult year for livestock farmers, and we see now the price situation should be moving on - it hasn't moved on to our satisfaction," he said.
As of last week, the price for steers was approximately €3.65 per kg, and heifers went for €3.75/kg. UK equivalent animals were fetching a little over €5/kg.