A Mayo Senator is calling for an investigation into the prices being paid by meat factories to farmers for beef. Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway Walsh has called for an investigation into whether or not a cartel is in operation by a small number of factories.

She raised the matter at the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture earlier this week.

 Representatives of three farming organisations were present – the IFA, the ICMSA and the INHFA.

The Senator believes that the low prices being paid by factories to farmers at present means that many farmers in this region can no longer afford to continue in beef production.

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