Wagyu Expansion – AWA 2017 conference and tour

Wagyu’s fresh approach

Wagyu is Australia’s fastest growing breed and is regarded as one of the most innovative, respecting but not bound by tradition. Wagyu’s fresh approach to genetic improvement and a focus on producing high value beef of unique eating quality will be the thread through the 2017 conference themed “WAGYU EXPANSION – transforming the Australian beef industry”. This follows the previous Wagyu Revolution focus.

The Wagyu Conference Committee chair Chantal Winter and her team are once again preparing a treat for the Wagyu industry with the 2017 Conference at the recently refurbished Albury Entertainment Centre in Albury’s CBD and in walking distance of a range of hotels and motels.

This conference will focus on the extraordinary Australian Wagyu expansion that was forecast in 2015 at the World Wagyu Conference, with confirmation at the 2016 conference by MLA Managing Director Richard Norton that the MLA global marketing research indicates this high growth will not saturate demand by 2020.

In reality, Wagyu is “transforming the Australian beef industry” through its massive improvement in beef eating quality.

The post conference Wagyu tour through north-east Victoria to Moyhu and Goorambat Wagyu operations and the upper Murray’s Mitta Valley will be a real eye-opener. You’ll observe seedtsock production, the latest in artificial breeding techniques and you will be able to work your way through Scott Giltrap’s Yalandra Wagyu vertically integrated supply chain. These tours are designed to ask the tough questions of your own business and your response to “The Wagyu Opportunity”.

Don’t miss out, register now.


Registration fees

Full conference package

The full conference package includes

  • a 3-day conference pass (May 1 -3) starting Monday afternoon and continuing all day Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Conference satchel and event information
  • Conference catering each day (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided)
  • Welcome to delegates Cocktail Party on Monday evening
  • Gala Conference Dinner – Tuesday 2 May

Member registration – $770
Non member registration – $900


Day registration

Day registrations will be accepted for either the Tuesday or Wednesday of the conference. This charge does not include evening functions however these may be purchased at the nominated rates. Day registration includes:

  • Conference sessions on the selected day
  • Conference catering on selected day(morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided)
  • Conference satchel and event information

Member registration – $330/day
Non member registration – $390/day

Post Conference Tour Pricing

The tour price includes coach transport (to and from Albury each day), morning tea and lunch each day, dinner and drinks at All Saints Estate on Thursday evening and all entry fees. The fee does NOT include accommodation which you must arrange yourself in Albury.

The conference tour is ONLY open to registered conference delegates and their partners. For full details of the post conference tour see the tour section.

Members – $500
Non members – $600 

Additional function tickets

For partners, guests OR day registrants

Welcome Cocktail Party
Monday 1 May 2017, 6.30pm to 9.30pm

To be held in the Albury Entertainment Centre (the conference venue). The function includes substantial finger food and drinks (is considered to be a casual stand up dinner).

Dress for the Welcome Function is smart casual.  Sponsored by Andrews Meat Industries, one Welcome Cocktail Party ticket is included in a full conference registration. Additional tickets may be purchased for accompanying guests:

Members – $140/person
Non members – $190/person

Conference Gala Dinner
Tuesday 2 May 2017, 6.30pm to 10.30pm

To be held in the Albury Entertainment Centre (the conference venue). Pre-dinner drinks will be held in the beautiful QE2 Square (adjacent to the Entertainment Centre) from 6.30 before a 7.00pm dinner. The dinner includes a three course dinner, drinks and entertainment.

Dress for the Conference Dinner is semi formal. Sponsored by Stanbroke Pastoral Company, one Conference Gala Dinner ticket is included in a full conference registration. Additional tickets may be purchased for accompanying guests at

Members – $215/person
Non members – $270/person



Cancellation Policy

A full refund, less a $150 cancellation fee, will be made on any cancellations received by Monday 3 April 2017. No refunds will be issued for any registration cancellations made after April 3, although substitutions of delegates will be accepted. All cancellations must be made in writing to the conference coordinator.


Every effort is made to ensure that the contents of this registration brochure are correct. The organisers retain the right to make changes where necessary. The Australian Wagyu Association and the conference coordinators, Countrywide Conference and Event Management, will not accept liability for any damages of any nature sustained by participants or their accompanying persons or loss or damage to their personal property for the duration of the conference and tour.

Condition of Entry

It is a condition of entry that no delegate may disrupt the order of events or intent of the program. Anyone considered to be disturbing the program intent will be asked to leave. Only pamphlets and brochures approved by the event organisers may be distributed.