Politicians, meat plants and the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) were all in the firing line, as over 150 beef farmers gathered in Cookstown on Tuesday night to voice concerns about the low prices being paid to producers.

Included within the audience were a sizeable number of farmers from the Republic of Ireland (ROI), many of whom had stood on picket lines outside factories over the last two months. A significant number of them came with an agenda to encourage farmers in NI to follow their lead.