A year ago this week the initial protests outside meat plants by the Beef Plan Movement (BPM) started.
After protesting outside Leinster House, disgruntled drystock producers rallied around the new farming body, which over the following weeks arguably became the most powerful beef-farmer representative group in the country.
However, by the time the protests were stood down in late September the Beef Plan Movement had lost control of the membership, with a number of splinter groups forming.
The group's rapid rise, via social media messenger Whatsapp, rallied thousands of farmers to attend meetings, pay a small joining fee and shut down the meat processing sector.
The protests were watched with equal awe and horror by the established farm organisations, who had failed to ignite such passion among their members. Indeed, many farmers openly changed allegiance to join the radical Beef Plan.
However, while the protests defined the Beef Plan, they were, in many ways, the downfall of the group.
Lacking the experience, structure and discipline of established farming bodies, disagreements led to splinter factions and at times, it was unclear who was, or indeed if anyone was, in charge.
High Court injunctions against protestors in late August saw the initial folding of the protests, but it took until late September before the last farmer left the factory gates.
However, as the factory gate protests ended, a number of new groups developed from within Beef Plan, with farmers taking to the streets of Dublin in November and again in December.
But, with no clear leadership, few knew who was protesting or for what exactly, certainly not the general public whose day-to-day lives were most impacted as the city centre was shut down, creating commuter chaos.
Then Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, accused those protestors of looking for headlines.
He repeated the criticism last month saying the standing of farmers generally was diminished in the eyes of the broader public by the Dublin protests. He also questioned whether the fracturing of farming voices does anything to advance their overall interest.
Despite this, the Beef Plan gained itself a seat around the Beef Taskforce and drove changes that have brought an extra €24m in bonuses to farmers.
Now, though, a year on from its initial protests, two separate groups lay claim to being the Beef Plan Movement.
It's understood mediation is being considered by the two main factions, while ordinary members on the ground try to keep the group alive at county level.
But it remains to be seen if that will be enough to bring members back into the fold or achieve anything it set out in its original 'plan'.
That plan core objectives were to regain control of an animal from birth to slaughter and beyond; return a cost of production price plus a margin as a minimum; and regain respect within the beef industry.
Farmers who spent long days and nights at factory gates are likely asking themselves was it worth it?