Protesters, members of Beef Plan, outside Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis say they would stand down if between now and Brexit, the factories would increase their base price per kilo to 3 euro 60 cents, and the government subsidised an additional 57 cents per kilo, bringing the price per kilo to 4 euro 17 cents, a figure quoted by Teagasc as a price that makes beef farming viable.
Meanwhile, protests are continuing outside the ABP Meat Factory in Waterford, despite farmers agreeing to stand down their picket yesterday.
The IFA says progress on last weekend's deal will only be made once factory gates are cleared of protesters
Earlier this morning it looked as if two blockades nationally had been lifted, however, ABP at Ferrybank was one of the two, and despite agreement to step down the blockade last night – its back on by some today.
Two thirds of protesters at Ferrybank voted to end the blockade, but some farmers say the vote is void and they'll continue to protest:
Last night outside Dawn Meats up to 100 farmers met to discuss calling off the protest action, but the meeting ended without agreement.
At last night’s gathering a minute silence was observed as a mark of respect for Brendan Kilduff, the man who died after being shot at Cuige, Aghamore on Tuesday night last.
Mr Kilduff had been on the protest at Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis on Tuesday before calling to a friend’s home, where he was fatally shot by the occupier of the house. It’s thought the elderly home owner mistook him for an intruder.
One of the protesters today outside Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis , Vincent Harrington, a member of Beef Plan, speaking to Midwest News, extended the sympathy of the protesters to the family of Mr Kilduff and the community of Aughamore
Mr Harrington told Midwest News that the protest at Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis would all be called off if the factory offered the farmer 3.60 a kilo as a base price for cattle, and if the government would subsidise the remaining 57 cent per kilo that would make beef production viable for farmers, arguing that according to Teagasc, 4 euro 17 cents per kilo is what a farmer needs to make beef production viable.
The IFA is encouraging all protests to end in order to "put the ball back in the factory's court."
IFA President Joe Healy says progress on last weekend's deal will only be made once factory gates are cleared.