2017 Elite Wagyu Sale

The Australian Wagyu Association (AWA) is facilitating the 4th Annual Elite Wagyu Sale to make available high performing Wagyu cattle and genetics to the Australian and international beef cattle industries. Registered Wagyu bulls, females, semen and embryos will be on offer at the 2017 Wagyu Expansion conference in Albury NSW on WEDNESDAY 3 MAY 2017 at 2pm.


Leading genetics on offer

Some of the Wagyu breed’s leading genetics will be offered at the Elite Wagyu Sale during the breed’s annual conference in Albury on Wednesday May 3 at 2 pm.

All 46 lots (except for a couple of ‘special interest’ lots) have at least one BREEDPLAN EBV or Feedlot Terminal Index (FTI) in the top 10% of the breed. This was a stipulation to ensure a high standard and organisers have been pleasantly surprised with many of the lots in the top 5% and even in the top 1% of the breed. To give further assurance to intending buyers, all live lots must carry a veterinary certificate verifying their soundness and structural integrity.

The sale will be a normal sequential auction with an auctioneer taking bids from the floor of the conference and online through AuctionsPlus. No cattle will be at the venue but photographs and descriptions are available. The electronic sale catalogue is available now  – click here to view. A printed catalogue will be mailed to all Australian Wagyu Association members in April.

One lot certain to generate interest in a semen package of 10 straws from the now deceased Macquarie Wagyu Y408, the third highest ranked FTI bull in the breed with a value of +$587, almost five times the breed average of +$121.

Another lot, a package of six embryos, has a predicted progeny value in the top 1% of the breed for marbling score and marbling fineness and in the top 1% of the breed for FTI. These embryos, account LT Cooper Cattle Trust, will be eligible for export to South Africa and New Zealand.

In total there will be eight live females and 14 live bulls offered along with seven embryo packages and 16 semen packages.

There has already been strong national and international enquiry according to agent Harvey Weyman-Jones of GDL Ruralco.

“This is a very strong catalogue and the enquiry reflects that,”he said.

“We’ve been growing our stud stock business in Queensland for a while, but to get the opportunity to market Australia’s fastest growing breed (Wagyu) at its national sale is a significant step up”.

GDL Ruralco, a major force in Queensland with 15 offices, has expanded its influence in the stud stock area. Last year GDL’s specialist stud stock team conducted sales that grossed $26 million for 3623 head, a dramatic lift from the $8 million for 1728 head in 2010. Through stablemate SBB Ruralco, GDL is now involved in several of the major tropical breed national sales at CQLX at Gracemere, the most significant being the Rockhampton Brahman Week in October where up to 1000 bulls are catalogued.

GDL also works through Ruralco’s southern based Rodwells at the Hereford National in Wodonga. All potential buyers at the Elite Wagyu Sale, even if registered with AuctionsPlus, must register with the agents – see details below on how to register.

The sale will be a LIVE AUCTION interfaced online through AuctionsPlus with potential buyers able to operate at the sale venue or online from anywhere in the world.

Selling agents

Ruralco-LogoHarvey Weyman-Jones
Stud Stock, Business & Commercial Property Manager
Grant Daniel & Long Pty Ltd

email hweyamnjones@gdlrural.com.au
phone 0414 941 788

Peter Brazier 
email pbrazier@gdlrural.com.au
phone 0407 525 983

Mark Duthie
email mduthie@gdlrural.com.au
phone 0448 016 950


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.