The IFA has said it is expecting a response from Tesco within a week about a labelling proposal for Irish beef that they hope could free up cross border cattle trade.

IFA representatives met with the supermarket chain last week to discuss the current impasse over the labelling of beef which was raised in the Republic and finished in Northern Ireland.

The IFA also told a meeting of farmers in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, last night it expects the oversupply of cattle for slaughter here, which had caused sharp falls in beef prices since last October, will reverse itself over the next 12 months as a result of an increase in the live export of cattle.