Damian McDonald, IFA director general, Joe Healy IFA president, and Angus Woods, IFA National Livestock Committee chairman arrive for talks last month. Photograph: Tom Honan

There is growing concern that talks aimed at resolving the beef crisis will not go ahead on Monday evening after the grassroots farmers’ organisation (...)

Independent farmers and supporters outside Meadow Meats in Rathdowney, Co. Laois, pictured last month. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Blockades of beef processing plants were said to be increasing on Friday despite the arrangement of new talks next week aimed at resolving the dispute(...)

Independent farmers and supporters outside the Dawn Meats plant at Grannagh on the Waterford/ Kilkenny border as protests  continued last week  outside a number of meat processing plants. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There will be shortages of beef on supermarket shelves in the coming days if a major dispute with farmers is not resolved, the Irish Cattle and Sheep (...)

Protests over beef prices in recent weeks closed some 20 meat processing plants across the State

Any farmer who takes part in the blockading of meat factories will be “immediately expelled” from the Beef Plan Movement, the group has said. The gro(...)

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed attended talks last week. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

The grassroots farmers’ group, Beef Plan Movement, which has led pickets outside meat processing plants, has said it will not endorse the outcome of t(...)

The bonus system rewards farmers for bringing livestock in before they turn 30 months.

The grassroots Beef Plan Movement is seeking a “survival line” cash injection from the State and Brussels to “avoid a complete devastation of beef far(...)

Irish Farmers’ Association representatives Angus Woods, Damian McDonald, and Joe Healy arrive for talks. Photograph: Tom Honan

The beef price crisis has moved closer to a resolution following concessions by the meat industry on two of the three points of contention. Talks wer(...)

Meat Industry Ireland (MII), the representative body for processors, is to consult with its members on  contentious issues. Photograph: Todd Korol/Reuters

Talks between meat processors and farmers, aimed at defusing the beef price crisis, have been delayed until next Monday. The initial hope was that th(...)

The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, persuaded the grassroots Beef Plan movement to stand down their protests and take part in talks last Friday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Talks began on Monday afternoon aimed at resolving the dispute between cattle farmers and meat processors over the price paid for animals, which led t(...)

Farmers say for every €10 of beef bought off the shelves, the farmer gets €2, the processor gets €2.90 and the supermarket gets €5.10. Photograph: Todd Korol/Reuters

For Hugh Doyle, farmer protests that have been crippling meat factories around the country are nothing less than a last-gasp fight for the very surviv(...)

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