Grannagh, Waterford and Christendom Avenue, Ferrybank, Waterford.
Independent farmers protest outside a Dawn Meats factory (pics 1-2) and an ABP meat factory (3-4) as talks between processors and farm organisations about beef prices and the Mercosur deal continue.
According to the Irish Farmer’s Journal, protests have also taken place at the gates of ABP in Cahir, County Tipperary; Kepak Ennis, County Clare and Meadow Meats, Rathdowney, County Laois.
Factories warn protesters of ‘own goal’ (Irish Farmer’s Journal)
At the Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe, Co Galway.
A reported 1,200 beef farmers from across Ireland gathered for a Beef Summit which was attended by the Minister for Agriculture and Cork Fine Gael TD Michael Creed (above).
The Irish Farmers Journal is reporting that Mr Creed told those gathered that demand for livestock-based products will be affected by public concerns about climate change, biodiversity, diet and health.
“I think it is time for the beef sector to fight back on these issues. Denial or retribution will not make the fight effective.
“It has to be about the positive story of Irish beef. That is a story of a very natural way of producing beef, on temperate grasslands punctuated by trees and hedgerows and peatlands. It is also a story about farm families, caring for the land in a way that takes account of Mother Nature.”
Meanwhile, also last night but back in Dublin…
Beef Summit: ‘It is time for the beef sector to fight back’ – Creed (Irish Farmers Journal)
Previously: Meeting Is Murder
Members of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) starting a 24 hour protest outside Meadow Meats in Rathdowney, County Laois. highlighting what they claim are unsustainable low prices being paid by the meat factories for beef. The IFA has targeted 30 meat plants across the country.
(Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland)