Farmers and community group activists have commenced new protests outside meat factory processing sites in the midlands and the south, despite an appeal by the Minister for Agriculture to withdraw their blockade.

Over 60 people blocked the entrance route for lorries trying to enter and leave the Kepak factory near Ballymahon in County Longford today.

12 lorries have been turned away from the factory which is a boning hall for Kepak meats.

It is the first time this processing plant has been targetted by farmers.

Farmers at the factory gates told RTÉ News they would not be withdrawing their blockade before Monday and were prepared to stay there "until Christmas and the following Christmas" in a bid to get proper prices for beef and changes to the movement regulations for animals.

Despite appeals to withdraw from protests at plants, farmers are maintaining their blockade of the ABP plant in Bandon and are also protesting outside Dawn Meats in Charleville and Kepak in Watergrasshill.

The Beef Plan Movement said they have been informed this evening that retailers will not be attending Monday's talks.

Talks aimed at resolving the crisis over beef prices will reconvene on Monday.