The level of interest in an animal’s background breeding has been on a rising trend since the introduction of the Economic Breeding Index (EBI) and more recently the Beef Eurostar Index.

The introduction of the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) in early 2015 brought about a sharp rise in interest levels due to the requirement for participants to have 20% of their scheme reference herd (number of cows calved in 2014 or number agreed on appeal with the Department of Agriculture) genotyped as four or five stars on the replacement index by 31 October 2018 and 50% of the herd by 31 October 2020.