Over 1300 farmers are registered to attend the Irish Farmers Journal Beef Summit tomorrow evening in Ballinasloe.

The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and representatives of Bord Bia, Teagasc and Meat Industry Ireland are among the speakers who will address the conference at the Shearwater Hotel, which gets underway at 7pm to discuss the future of the beef sector.

The Beef Plan Movement will hold a protest outside the hotel, calling on factories and retailers to increase prices, so farmers can make a living.

Farmers will also protest over plans by the Department of Agriculture to display herd numbers with reactor cattle on electronic boards at livestock marts  - that's according to Gerry Loftus, local election candidate in Castlebar.

He says this means that cattle in this category will not be eligible for export - at a huge cost to farmers when the Department of Agriculture has failed to eradicate TB in this country.


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