Factory specifications and price were the two main reasons thousands of farmers took to the factory gates last August and September. Farmers who had become increasingly frustrated with price turned their efforts to factory specifications with particular reference to the 30-month age limit and the four-movement rule.

Farmers felt that some of these in-spec rules were being used by factories to manipulate price and supply of cattle. The protests ended with very little meaningful change to in-spec requirements with the 30-month rule and four residencies staying in place.