The last remaining beef protest blockade has been stood down.

Farmers who had been blockading the Liffey Meats plant in Ballinasloe voted to end their action tonight.

Farmers who had been blockading another Liffey Meats plant at Ballyjamesduff in Co Cavan stood down earlier.

A leading member of the Beef Plan Movement addressed the meeting at which the vote was taken in Ballinasloe tonight.

Local Oireachtas members Michael Fitzmaurice and Anne Rabbitte also addressed the meeting.

Well in excess of twenty meat plants have been blockaded for several weeks. The action brought beef processing here to a virtual standstill.

The withdrawal of all pickets and blockades was a condition of an agreement reached between farming organisations and the meat industry last weekend.

Under the agreement the number and type of cattle entitled to bonus payments will be increased. Cattle approved under the Bord Bia Quality Assurance scheme will also be entitled to an increased per kg bonus.

Furthermore a task force to examine the meat industry will be established.