A project negotiated in August with the beef program movement was rejected by some farmers. It remains to be seen how farmers will react to today`s agreement. “All blockades and protests will be lifted immediately and all parties to this agreement will ensure that this happens,” the document reads. After more than 24 hours of discussions at the Dublin House of Agriculture, an agreement was reached between all those involved in the discussions on the reform of the beef sector. Eamon Corley, president of the Beef Plan Movement – one of the groups representing farmers in the talks – confirmed TheJournal.ie that an agreement had been reached this afternoon after nearly 30 hours of talks. After a marathon at the Ministry of Agriculture, an agreement was reached to end the beef dispute. The group said it could “neither accept nor reject these proposals” and referred to the agreement reached today. In the second part and part two, a task force on the beef market will be set up to play a leadership role in developing a “sustainable path” for the future of the beef sector in terms of economic, environmental and social sustainability. Under the title “Dispute Settlement,” it states that “all parties have entered into this agreement in good faith and that all outstanding issues between farmers and processors must be resolved.” Meat Industry Ireland (MII) said 3,000 meat plant workers across the country were “temporarily laid off” as a result of the dispute. Agriculture Minister Michael Creed said discussions among industry stakeholders had been “successfully concluded” by agreement on “very important issues.” In a statement tonight, a spokesman for the organization welcomed the agreement, but said it was a “particularly damaging episode” for the industry. MII stated that among the agreements, there was an obligation to extend the criteria in order to increase the number of animals eligible for premiums. It was also agreed that Bord Bia would develop an index model for the beef market price index and that an independent food regulator would be required. Other agreed conditions include a reduction in the residence requirement from 70 days to 60 days on the last farm and a new price index for the Bord Bia beef market covering livestock and market prices for beef in our main export markets and offal (see box).