Talks between meat processors and farmers groups are continuing this evening as the Minister for Agriculture tries to find a resolution to their dispute.

Michael Creed joined the talks this morning after two days of negotiations had failed to produce a deal.

The minister has held a series of separate meetings with each of the groups taking part.

It is understood that talks with everyone around the table will resume at around 8pm.

The dispute is over the price of beef and the future of the beef sector.

Discussions began last week after several weeks of pickets outside meat plants around the country by members of the Beef Plan Movement.

Farmers groups have expressed frustration at the lack of progress during the first two days.

They say prices and the pricing system remain the main issues outstanding.