The Irish Farmers Association President says he's 'hopeful' fresh talks aimed at resolving the beef dispute will end the crisis.
Discussions are expected to resume on Monday, three weeks after the orginals talks broke down.
Farmers are calling on factories to give them a better price for their animals.
However, Meat Industry Ireland says the price they get represents the average in a tough EU market.
IFA President, Joe Healy, says it's important a resolution is found.