Wagyu Expansion – AWA 2017 conference and tour

Held over five days, the program for the Conference and Tour follows. Themed ‘Wagyu Expansion – transforming the Australian beef industry’, the conference will serve as an introduction to the Wagyu industry for those just starting or those considering using Wagyu as well as critical information for established Wagyu breeders. The program is subject to change without notice.

 


 

DAY ONE MONDAY MAY 1, 2017

9.00 am – 12 noon    Stockbook training WORKSHOP
The Chandelier Room, Albury Entertainment Centre
While this is a separate activity to the Wagyu Conference the Australian Wagyu Association recommends attendance so you can gain the most from your Stockbook software. Please bring your laptop (don’t forget your power cord) with the most up-to-date version of Stockbook installed and your data. If you are unable to bring a computer we still encourage you to come along. The most important thing is to bring a bunch of questions and your enthusiasm. $50 per business (max three people per business)

RSVP by April 29 to 1800 624 688 or wendy@practicalsystems.com.au

12 noon – 8.00 pm    Registration desk OPEN
Main Foyer Convention Wing, Albury Entertainment Centre 

2.00 pm – 5.30 pm  BONUS TECHNICAL WORKSHOP
Main Auditorium, Albury Entertainment Centre

Managing your Wagyu enterprise
Open to all conference delegates wishing to become more proficient in managing their Wagyu enterprises. Topics covered within this workshop are:

  • DNA Testing and the Registration Process
    An overview of the correct collection of DNA samples and how to submit the samples for parent verification and genetic condition testing. We’ll also discuss the registration process and methods to submit animal registrations.
  • Collecting Performance Information
    A description of the production traits you can collect and how to submit the data to the AWA for genetic analysis.
  • The Member Login and the Database Search Facility
    This session will help you understand your member Login area and give an overview of the Wagyu database search facility and how it can be used to benefit your breeding program.
  • SNP Genotyping
    This session will introduce the genotyping options available to members.
  • The Future of Parent Verification and DNA Testing – Group Discussion
    We will discuss the range of new genomic options with varying prices and applications. It is critical for members to understand the products, how each could be used in future and the expected cost associated with each option.
  • New Grading-up Options
  • The availability of the Crossbred Wagyu Test (WCT) opens up the opportunity to determine the Wagyu percentage of an animal. The AWA board recently approved new By-Laws allowing the use of the CWT results to assign grades to tested animals.  We will look at how you can now register those animals which could previously not be parent verified.
  • Question and Answer Session

6.00 pm – 9.00 pm  WELCOMING COCKTAIL PARTY
Banquet Hall Convention Wing
Sponsored by Andrews Meats.

Menu featuring specially crafted dishes of Andrews Meat Industries award winning Wagyu brands plus a range of other foods accompanied with local wines from All Saints Estate. A great opportunity to meet old and new colleagues in the Wagyu industry. A social highlight at the conference.

Sumac seasoned Tajima Wagyu Tenderloin
Tajima Wagyu meat balls in a spicy tomato sauce
Tajima Wagyu Brisket sliders with seeded mustard, onion jam and crispy lettuce
Tajima Wagyu Kofta with a saffron yoghurt sauce
Tajima Wagyu D Rump tagine and labne with preserved lemons
Tajima Wagyu Brisket tortillas with pica de gallo, chimichurri & southern style hot sauce


DAY TWO TUESDAY MAY 2, 2017

7.30 am – 7.30 pm    Registrations
Main Foyer Convention Wing, Albury Entertainment Centre 

Sessions to be held in Main Theatre, Albury Entertainment Centre
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea served during the day. 

8.30 am  CONFERENCE OPENING AND WELCOME FROM AWA PRESIDENT

8.45 am WAGYU HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
A well known and highly regarded Australian Wagyu personality will be inducted into the Wagyu Hall of Fame. Be there early to discover who is being recognised with this prestigious award and hear about their exciting
Wagyu journey.

9.05 am  WAGYU SUPPLY AND DEMAND     Presenter – Lisa Sharp, Meat and Livestock Australia
Meat and Livestock Australia’s marketing master-mind, will reveal MLA’s latest information on the nationwide and worldwide demand for the high quality beef industry headed by Wagyu. This session will reveal what the future holds for the Wagyu industry.

9.55am  WHY IS THE SMART MONEY BEING INVESTED IN WAGYU?  Presenter – Brett BlanchettPardoo Beef Corporation

Mining magnates, pastoral companies and pastoral families, processors, feedlotters and international businesses are investing huge amounts in the Wagyu industry. Brett Blanchett will explain how this is happening and why these smart investors have such faith in the Wagyu breed.

The West Australian based Pardoo has invested heavily in property and livestock with Pardoo Wagyu its premier product. The Wagyu operation is being carefully developed with one of Japan’s leading Wagyu breeders as well as their Australian counterparts.

— MORNING TEA —

11.10 am  A DECADE OF WAGYU FROM 2013 TO 2022
Presenters – Graham Truscott and Matt McDonagh, Australian Wagyu Association

Who better to explain this than retiring AWA CEO Graham Truscott who will trace Wagyu’s explosive growth over the past five years and incoming CEO Matt McDonagh who will explain the levels his sights are set at for the next five years.

11.55 am  GENOMICS IN BREED IMPROVEMENT
Presenter – Rob Banks, Australian Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU)
Australia’s head animal scientist ROB BANKS, Director of the Australian Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU) will reveal how the Wagyu breed has benefitted by the dramatic advancements in genetic discovery through the use of genomics.

12.30 pm  GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR PASTURES
Presenter – James Sewell, PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia
There are suggestions that a new pasture species can produce 40% more grass with 20% less moisture. Raised on a mixed grazing and horticultural cropping farm at Smeaton Vic, James developed a keen interest in pastoral agriculture. He graduated with a Bachelor in Agricultural Science (Honours) and more recently Masters of Science majoring in plant breeding. He is looking into genetics, perennial ryegrass endophyte and lucerne management. He manages the PGG Wrightson Seeds R&D programme and continues in farming.

— LUNCH —

2.15 pm  HOW TO PRODUCE THE WORLD’S BEST STEAK – TWICE
Presenter – Patrick Warmoll, Jack’s Creek
PATRICK WARMOLL of Jack’s Creek will explain how Jack’s Creek did just that with Australian Wagyu in a field of  entries from dozens of countries.

2.50 pm WAGYU’S LIVE EXPORT TRADE
Presenter – Matthew Edwards, Edwards Livestock
The live export trade of F1 Wagyu to Japan provides an additional market for Australian producers. MATTHEW EDWARDS of Edwards Livestock will explain Japan’s requirements and how to get involved.

— AFTERNOON TEA —

AWA MERCHANDISE SHOP opened during Afternoon tea – purchase your AWA branded cap, tie and/or apron while stocks last. Shirts will be available on order from RB Sellers. Order forms will be available in your satchel. Order and pay direct at the merchandise desk.

3.55 pm  Q & A SESSION – What should I breed, F1s, F2s, F3s or more?

This popular session brings together a panel of industry leaders to answer questions – ‘What should I breed, F1s, F2s, F3s or more?”. Many are asking this question and are receiving a range of advice. Find out what the experts think.

Panel members

Patrick Warmoll, Managing Director – Jack’s Creek

Darren Hamblin, QLD seedstock and commercial producer
Poll Wagyu Pty Ltd

Andrew Moore, Marketing Manager – Rangers Valley

Matthew Edwards, Live Exporter – Edwards Livestock

Peter Krause, NSW Wagyu seedstock producer – Sunnyside Wagyu

Professor Keigo Kuchida from Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido, Japan, will unveil the second generation Japanese digital carcase camera which is set to revolutionise carcase data capture, transmission and analysis.

The original camera has been used to great advantage in Australia but this latest version is more compact and therefore easier to transport and use. Even more important is its ability to transmit data, as it is collected, into a cloud-based application so that data can be analysed almost immediately.

Accurate measurement of Wagyu carcases is crucial for worthwhile performance recording and the Japanese developed carcase cameras have provided data with integrity. Discover the capabilities of the latest Japanese carcase camera and the effect it will have on genetic discovery in the Australian Wagyu herd.

Professor Kuchida will be assisted by Australian Wagyu veteran and past AWA president Dr Joe Grose.

, QLD/NT commercial producer – Hughes Pastoral

6.30 pm for 7.00 pm  STANBROKE GALA DINNER
Banquet Hall
A regular highlight of the conference featuring Stanbroke Wagyu. MC is Sandra Moon, 2AY presenter and former anchor of ACE radio’s Countrywide rural program. The dinner features the announcement of the Wagyu Branded Beef Competition awards and the ever popular charity auction with proceeds split evenly between the Royal Flying Doctors Service and the Australian Wagyu Fellowship.

SPECIAL ENTERTAINMENT – The 2017 Female Artist of the Year at the Tamworth Golden Guitar Awards, Sara Storer, will perform at the dinner. Don’t miss Australia’s most awarded female country music singer and writer.

DAY THREE WEDNESDAY MAY 3, 2017

7.30 am – 12 noon    Registrations
Main Foyer Convention Wing, Albury Entertainment Centre 

Sessions to be held in Main Theatre, Albury Entertainment Centre
Morning tea and lunch served during the day. 

SPECIAL HALF DAY SESSION FEATURING F1 HOLSTEIN AND F1 ANGUS BREEDING
Should dairy farmers be joining the bottom half of their herds to Wagyu and should Angus herds use Wagyu bulls? There are many doing it with outstanding results.  Speakers will explain why and how and discuss the benefits including the financial rewards.

8.45 am HOW THE HOLSTEIN F1 PROGRAM WORKS
Presenter – Nick Sher, Beefcorp Australia and Sher Wagyu

Nick Sher contracts to buy thousands of Wagyu X Holstein F1 bobby calves and reared calves to produce the Sher Wagyu brand which is exported to 15 countries.

Nick, who pioneered the contract buying of F1 Wagyu X Holstein calves in 1996, will define the type of cattle they buy and offer advice on the best way for dairy farmers to develop a successful program to supplement incomes.

9.30 am A GUIDE TO F1 WAGYU X HOLSTEIN BREEDING
Presenter – Lachie Sutherland, Larpent Dairy Farmer

Victorian dairy farmers Lachie Sutherland and wife Rebecca from Larpent, near Colac are involved in supplying F1 Wagyu X Holstein calves for prices that provide hefty premiums over straight bred Holstein calves.

Lachie will explain his journey of becoming involved in this lucrative value adding exercise. They run 400 Holstein cows and focus on producing high quality milk at the best margins from dry land pastures. Wagyu bulls have been used for 10 years to produce F1s sold at various weights. The current dairying climate provides plenty of challenges but also opportunities.

9.50 am A GUIDE TO F1 WAGYU X ANGUS BREEDING
Presenter – Erica Halliday, Ben Nevis Grazing Company
Erica Halliday of Ben Nevis Angus is a Angus seedstock producer who has been involved in Wagyu crossbreeding. At present Ben Nevis, as well as conducting a highly successful annual sale of yearling Angus bulls, is producing a special style of Angus female which best suits the F1 production program.

10.35 am THE HOW AND WHY OF F1 WAGYU X ANGUS BREEDING
Presenter – Richard Puddicombe, Paraway Pastoral Co

Richard manages Paraway Pastoral Co’s Burindi Station at Barraba, NSW, where they used Wagyu bulls over heifers for calving ease. The experiment was so successful the program has been expanded to other Paraway holdings. Richard will explain the benefits and the pitfalls of the project. What to do and not to do it in one easy lesson.

— MORNING TEA —

AWA MERCHANDISE SHOP opened during Morning tea – purchase your AWA branded cap, tie and/or apron while stocks last. Shirts will be available on order from RB Sellers.

Order forms will be available in your satchel. Order and pay direct at the merchandise desk. This will be the last opportunity to purchase direct from the conference.

11.25 am  HOW TO DEVELOP A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH CATTLE BUYERS
Presenter – Richard Eldershaw
RICHARD ELDERSHAW has bought thousands of Wagyu influenced cattle over many years in the industry, most recently managing the procurement of F1 Wagyu X Angus and F1 Wagyu X Holstein for the giant Rangers Valley feedlot in the NSW New England. Richard will discuss his ‘Wagyu journey’ and explain how the system works and what buyers are looking for.

11.55am  THE CARCASE CAMERA
Presenter – Professor Keigo Kuchida, Department of Animal and Food Hygiene Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

Professor Keigo Kuchida from Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido, Japan, will unveil the second generation Japanese digital carcase camera which is set to revolutionise carcase data capture, transmission and analysis.

The original camera has been used to great advantage in Australia but this latest version is more compact and therefore easier to transport and use. Even more important is its ability to transmit data, as it is collected, into a cloud-based application so that data can be analysed almost immediately.

Accurate measurement of Wagyu carcases is crucial for worthwhile performance recording and the Japanese developed carcase cameras have provided data with integrity. Discover the capabilities of the latest Japanese carcase camera and the effect it will have on genetic discovery in the Australian Wagyu herd.

Professor Kuchida will be assisted by Australian Wagyu veteran and past AWA president Dr Joe Grose.

— LUNCH featuring the award winning entries from the WAGYU BRANDED BEEF COMPETITION and tastings of All Saints wine —

2.00 pm  ELITE WAGYU SALE
Featuring 48 lots of live bulls and females, embryos and semen from the top 10% of the breed.  Auctioneers will call the bids from the conference and bids can also be made online through AuctionsPlus. ELITE SALE CATALOGUE available now.

Intending bidders MUST REGISTER pre-sale with the agents GDL (Ruralco) even if you are already registered with AuctionsPlus. Register as a potential buyer through the website


 

POST CONFERENCE TOUR – Wagyu in Victoria’s North-East

DAY FOUR THURSDAY MAY 4, 2017 

2 day Wagyu tour returns to Albury each evening. Overnight accommodation is delegates’ own responsibility.

8.00 am  TOUR DEPARTS
Quest Albury, 550 Kiewa Street

 9.30 am  Goorambat Wagyu/Global Reproduction Solutions
An integrated ET, AI, IVF and seedstock operation where principal Dom Bayard will explain and demonstrate the latest artificial breeding procedures and the selection of sires and dams for AI and ET. An inspection of the Wagyu seedstock herd also included.

— LUNCH near Benalla

2.00 pm  Moyhu Wagyu
Owner Bob Officer and manager Wayne Grimshaw will explain how a Wagyu seedstock operation functions. They will touch on many areas including the use of BREEDPLAN EBVs and FTIs in breeding and marketing, the bloodlines for target markets and the servicing of clients.

6.00 pm – 8.30 pm  DINNER – All Saints winery
In the famous Rutherglen wine producing area of north-east Victoria, dinner WILL BE SERVED among the barrels in the century old All Saints castle. Guest speaker Matt McDonagh, the Australian Wagyu Association’s new CEO who will discuss his experiences as a Ruminant Nutritionist with the US Department of Agriculture and its relevance to Wagyu.

Arrive at Quest Albury, 550 Kiewa Street, Albury at 9.00 pm.


DAY FIVE FRIDAY MAY 5, 2017

8.00 am  TOUR DEPARTS
Quest Albury, 550 Kiewa Street

8.30 am  Yalandra Fine Foods
Discuss with Yalandra’s principal Scott Giltrap and Yalandra’s Calum McBain and staff the products sold, how Wagyu fits into the demographic, the shelf life of marbled beef and how Wagyu works in the products produced in the smoke room.

9.30 am  Yalandra’s Mitta Mitta property
Travel alongside Lake Hume and past Yalandra properties stopping to view cattle and ending at Yalandra’s Mitta Mitta property to view cattle with various Wagyu content and hear about Scott Giltrap’s Wagyu adventure. Scott and Calum will discuss their plans for the Wagyu Fullbloods, F1 Holsteins, F1 Angus and the many other aspects of their operation  and demonstrate it with live cattle.

12.30 pm – 2.00 pm   Wagyu for a farewell lunch
Yalandra’s historic Mitta Mitta Pub on the banks of the Mitta Mitta River.

Arrive in Albury at 4.00 pm pm to end an exciting Wagyu week.