MEMBERS of the Irish Farmers Association have begun a blockade at the Lidl distribution centre near Charleville as the row over beef prices continues.
A major supermarket distribution centre is being blockaded by farmers in a protest over beef prices.
At 7am this morning, approximately 50 IFA members blocked lorries from accessing the distribution centre, from which stock is delivered to Lidl stores all over the country.
The IFA has accused retailers of "hiding behind factories" and failing to do what they can to address the prices paid to beef farmers.
The IFA said today further blockades are inevitable unless cattle prices improve immediately.
Speaking about the protests in Cork on Friday, IFA Presidential candidate John Coughlan was critical of what he described as the listless attitude of the government and the lack of urgency in addressing the ever-widening price gap between what Irish beef farmers are being paid compared to their global equivalents.
Aldi Ireland have issued a statement on the protests, expressing their disappointment.
"We welcomed the resumption of the Beef Taskforce this week and have engaged positively with farmer representative organisations on the beef issue over recent months".
Aldi said that it has a policy of open communications with all of its stakeholders, including the IFA. What we don't know is what the meat processors and the retailers are making on the meat.
IFA President Joe Healy says with the way prices are at the minute, they have no other choice but to protest.
It says beef farmers are incurring losses of 6 million euro a week, while cattle prices are increasing in key European Union export markets and in the UK.
Shea Galvin, a beef and tillage farmer in Limerick, echoed these numbers.
Farmers are annoyed that more than eight days ago, they demanded an increase in prices in a letter to Meat Industry Ireland and the Department of Agriculture but nothing happened.
Coughlan also said that remarks by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who expressed "sympathy" with protesting farmers on Thursday, were not good enough.
"All the parties to the talks, including the meat industry, are saying they want a deal", he said.
"The message is simple: these farmers have to get an immediate price rise", said Mr Healy.
The Beef Task Force meeting held earlier in the week had left farmers feeling insulted. Yet this morning, instead of negotiating, farmers are protesting.
"You're stopping us get paid".