The Irish Farmers Association has accused meat processors of failing to deliver increased prices to beef farmers despite an increase in beef prices.

The organisation has handed letters of protest on the issue into offices of Meat Industry Ireland and Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed.

The IFA said the failure of meat factories to increase beef prices is a breach of the Beef Sector Agreement which was reached in September.

IFA President Joe Healy said today that the new Beef Price tracker indices published last week by Bord Bia show that Irish beef farmers are due a price increase, with Irish beef prices now 17c behind the Bord Bia Prime Export Benchmark price.

"An agreement was reached between farmers, Meat Industry Ireland and Minister Creed on September 15th last. One of the objectives of the agreement was to improve trust between factories and farmers," said Mr Healy.

"Since then, the factories have introduced weight penalties, kept legal threats in place and now the Irish beef price is lagging behind other countries. Relations between factories and farmers have actually worsened since September 15th."