The Minister for Agriculture has written an open letter to protesting beef farmers asking them to stop their blockades of meat factories.

It comes after farming organisations widely supported recommendations made at the weekend following talks between all sides in the dispute.

In his letter, Minister Micheal Creed says the agreement is a compromise and nobody got everything they wanted from the weekend talks.

He adds that many farmers simply wanted an immediate price increase but it was not legally possible to have that option on the table.

Minister Creed says bonuses have been agreed on and an independent chairperson on the new Beef market taskforce will help implement all the proposals

He ends by saying everyone has a responsibility  - including protesting farmers who hold the future of the sector in their own hands

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