Breeding Wagyu


Why breed Wagyu?

Wagyu is a unique breed that has amongst its key attributes, other than the exquisite marbled beef quality, a high calving ease, excellent (docile) temperament, resilient in the feedlot and has a high (dressing percentage) carcase yield. Most important is the economic value derived from each animal, which is currently 100% more than pastoral cattle, sold at either the farm gate or as a long fed carcase. 

Wagyu breeding requires patience as it takes time to build up a viable herd and end markets, this then becomes your own economic moat.


Benefits of registration 

Recording Wagyu and Wagyu cross cattle and their performance data in the Herd Book, Crossbred and Wagyu Commercial Registers maintained by the Association provides very significant commercial value.

Herdbook registration (parent verified) benefits include

  • The Herdbook is recognised internationally, enabling both domestic and export marketing of Herdbook registered livestock and their semen and embryos.
  • Herdbook dam premium: 50% – 200+%, estimated by the commercial value of Wagyu females being in the order of $800, while their Herdbook value is in the order of $1200 – $2400+
  • Herdbook bull premium: 60% – 270+%, estimated by non-registered Wagyu bulls at 12 months of age being valued in the order of $1225 (meat value $3.50 * 350 kgs = $1225), while their Herdbook value is in the order of $2000 – $4500+

Wagyu commercial registered (non-parent verified) benefits include

  • Commercially registered steer or female premium: 15%, estimated by non-registered Wagyu steers 12 months of age being valued at $900 (meat value $3.00 * 300 kgs live = $900, while commercial registered value is in the order of $1050 ($3.50 * 300 kgs live = $1050)
  • Export certification of live animals through ILRIC/ACGEA (service fee of $25/head applies)
  • Export certification of semen and embryos (service fee of $75/animal applies).

Member benefits and how to register animals with the AWA

Become a member 

How the registration process works 

Workshop series of ‘How to’ videos

The AWA have created a workshop series of short ‘how to’ videos with tips on how to become a member with the AWA and the complete animal registration process, understand genetic testing, BREEDPLAN, EBV’s, Stockbook Herd Management software, how to order tags and TUS’s online and much more.

These walkthroughs are perfect for visual learners who would prefer to watch a video to understand important Wagyu breed concepts and the AWA registration processes. Check out the workshop series below!


DNA Testing and Registrations

An overview of 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.

Member login area and database search

Understand your member login area and Wagyu database search facility. Learn how it can benefit your breeding program.

SNP Genotyping

Introducing the genotyping options available to members.

The future of parent verification and DNA testing

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.

New grading-up options

The availability of the Crossbred Wagyu Test (CWT) 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.

How to manage scours in Wagyu cattle

In this segment Enoch Bergman challenges the way you think about and manage scours. This workshop presentation provides practical, relatable and scientifically grounded methods for the cause of scours and how to go about managing scours in Wagyu cattle

Capture data using Practical Systems Herd Management software

This workshop session explains how to increase the efficiency of your registration process by utilising herd management software, Stockbook, to capture, manage and distribute animal data to the AWA.

BREEDPLAN and optimal mating using advanced MatSel

This workshop session looks at BREEDPLAN and optimal mating using Advanced MatSel. Also what to look at in Wagyu animals, breeding tools available, the importance of accurate data collection, where EBV's come from and how they are calculated; and the large amount of genetic gain that can be achieved through the use of this data.