A leading local farming official is urging farmers to resist lower beef prices

There has been calls on farmers to resist lower beef prices this week.

This is the appeal following a move to pull prices over the last fortnight.

Despite this, tight supplies of suitable cattle and strengthening UK beef prices are underpinning the trade.

Strong resistance from farmers is moving paid prices of up to 15c/kg above quotes.

This further highlight concerns from Irish Beef farmers who feel they cannot be expected to take on the risks associated with finishing cattle for the winter without firm commitments on strong beef prices

The national vice chairman of the Irish Beef and Lamb Association and local farmer Patrick Rooney has been speaking to oceanfm news, he stresses that meat processors should be following the example of many of the dairy processors who are looking at multiple ways of ensuring the viability of their own suppliers.