There was traffic chaos earlier this morning on Clare Street in Ballyhaunis due to a national protest by farmers over factory beef Prices.

The protest was organised by ICSA, and livestock lorries were backed up outside the gates of Dawn Meats in the town from first light, as the protesters blocked the entrance to the factory.

The organisation is insisting that the factory prices for beef are unfair and are putting farmers out of business.

ICSA beef chairman Edmund Graham said farmers cannot continue to produce beef at current prices.

“It is beyond belief that in a year like this, when farmers are on their knees with extra cost arising from a fodder crisis that the meat industry would seek to increase profits on the back of farmers.”

Speaking on the protest line, ICSA president Patrick Kent told Midwest News that they're sending a very clear message to retailers that beef  farmers were being exploited.

Midwest News has made several unsuccessful attempts to contact Dawn Meats today for comment.




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