Talks in the ongoing beef dispute have "successfully concluded", according to the Agriculture Minister.

Minister Michael Creed said that, after long and detailed negotiations, progress was made on "important initiatives aimed at improving transparency along the supply chain."

Groups representing farmers and the meat industry agreed on a number of sticking points such as a review of the grid and a review of the criteria for the quality payment system bonus.

Commitments were also agreed on promotional initiatives for the beef sector and market transparency initiatives.

However, the Irish Farmer's Association says farmers will be disappointed that there is no increase on the main issue of beef prices.

Galway-based IFA President Joe Healy said the fact that the talks took place on the pre-condition that price would not be discussed was ignoring the elephant in the room.

With Brexit just 71 days away, he said strong EU and Government support is urgently required for beef farmers who are in the middle of a severe income crisis.


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