Local farmers and meat processors will want to come to an agreement and end the current strike action at factories.
That’s the view of Irish Farmers Journal reporter Pat O’Toole on the talks that get underway this afternoon.
Farmers had been protesting at processing plants across the country including Ballyjamesduff and Clones, but the action’s been suspended for these talks.
The Beef Plan Movement, Meat Industry Ireland, the Department of Agriculture and other farming organisations are all meeting to try and break the deadlock.
Speaking to Northern Sound, Pat O’Toole said not engaging in talks would have damaged both sides.
The Irish Farmers Association President is calling on retailers to attend the discussions, to outline what they’ll do to help beef farmers.
Joe Healy says farm owners put money into the pockets of shops and supermarkets: