Farmers have gathered outside the Musgrave distribution centre in Kilcock, Co Kildare, as part of protests calling for a rise in beef prices.

The picket, organised by the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA), follows demonstrations outside the Tesco central distribution centre in Dublin on Monday and the Aldi distribution centre last week.

Protesters gathered in Kilcock at 7am on Tuesday for their fourth day of picketing and parked a tractor at the entrance to the Musgrave distribution centre, blocking the main entrance to staff.

A statement from the Musgrave group said SuperValu had a “long-standing commitment” to Irish farmers and that 100 per cent of the supermarket’s branded beef was Irish.

“The price of beef is agreed between processors and farmers, as 90 per cent of Irish beef is exported, it is important to note that we do not determine the market price of beef.”

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