The beef talks have ended in agreement following 36 hours of negotiations but there are growing concerns blockades on factory gates are set to continue.

The agreement withdraws all legal proceedings against farm organisations and individual farmers.

All parties to the agreement agreed to work to end blockades and protests at meat factories. 

However after the talks, one of the organisations involved issued a statement distancing itself from the agreement. 

The Independent Farmers of Ireland said: "Despite reports in the media that this document was signed off by all parties, these reports are not true."

The group said they, "can neither accept nor reject these proposals", referring to the agreement reached today.

The statement goes on: "The three spokespeople have the approval to negotiate but not the power to make the final decision as this is a democratic movement."

And as the agreement does not come into place until all blockades have been lifted, there will be significant pressure to encourage farmers off the gate.

Cattle slaughtering at blockaded plants has been halted during the talks process.

Some retailers have experienced beef supply issues and several large processors are struggling to meet export contracts, as a result of the protest.

Today's deal will see the current bonus for 30-month cattle increase from 12 to 20 cent per kilo.

A new bonus for steers and heifers aged 30-36 months, of eight cent a kilo, is to be introduced.

And a new bonus is also to be introduced for some O grade cattle, the 12 cent a kilo bonus will benefit dairy farmers in particular.

A new 'Beef Taskforce' is to be established. It will examine the beef industry and will be independently chaired.

An independent review of price composition in the supply chain is also to be commissioned.

Earlier today, the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, said that reaching the deal was made easier by all seven farm organisations in the room, he thanked everyone involved for their efforts.

But the initial reaction from some factory gates was not positive, many farmers are disappointed that nothing has been delivered to improve the base price of cattle.

Outside Dawn Meats near Waterford, some protesters said despite the development they would remain on the picket line.

If that sentiment does not change in the coming days, more trouble could lie ahead.

Meat Industry Ireland welcomed the agreement this afternoon.

In a statement released, MII said: "We recognise the challenges all involved in our industry face. The agreed package contains significant positive financial initiatives by MII members, in areas of specifications, bonuses and supply chain transparency.  

"The agreement requires that all protests and illegal blockades cease immediately so that normal processing can recommence, employees can return to work, farmers can sell their animals, and efforts can be made to rebuild customer confidence," said the statement.