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!


Wagyu workshop introduction

AWA CEO Graham Truscott kicks off the Wagyu Revolution 2016 conference with the pre-conference workshop. Graham welcomes everyone and introduces new staff; Carel Teseling, Sarah Balla, Caitlin Berecry and Meaghan Truscott. AWA Technical Services Officer, Carel Teseling outlines the purpose of the workshop.

AWA registration process and DNA testing

This workshop session talks about the 'Wagyu Cycle of Life' encompassing the registration process and the post registration process focusing on how to register animals and how requesting DNA testing of your animals works.

What is DNA testing/genotyping for parent verification and genetic conditions

This workshop session explains how tgenetic testing is carried out at the Animal Genetics Lab at the University of Queensland, the types of DNA samples that exist and what options are available to AWA members to then to test their animals.

How AllFlex products can be efficiently used for Wagyu members

This workshop session outlines how AllFlex tagging and TSU products are being used for Wagyu producers. Jim also talks about unique animal identification and the integration with herd management software.

Ordering AllFlex Tags and TSU's

how to order AllFlex tags and TSU's via AWA website.

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.

2016 Wagyu Workshop Q&A session

Questions from the audience for our speakers - Carel Teseling (Australian Wagyu Association), Sarah Balla (Australian Wagyu Association), Sarah Buttsworth (University of Queensland), Russell Lyons (University of Queensland), Jim MecKiff (AllFlex), Enoch Bergman (Swans Vet Services) and Mark Morton (Practical Systems).