Meat Industry Ireland says it's willing to resuming discussions with farmers once blockades at its processing facilities are lifted.
However, it says the issue of price cannot be negotiated.
Farmers resumed pickets outside factory gates this week, after previous talks broke down.
The dispute centres around the price farmers get for delivering their animals for slaughter.
Yesterday saw pickets continue outside up to 14 factories, despite a recent High Court injunction banning the action by protesters.