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.
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.
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!
An overview of the registration process and methods to submit animal registrations.
A description of the production traits you can collect and how to submit the data to the AWA for genetic analysis.
Understand your member login area and Wagyu database search facility. Learn how it can benefit your breeding program.
Introducing the genotyping options available to members.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
how to order AllFlex tags and TSU's via AWA website.
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
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.
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.
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).