Before you are able to register animals with the Australian Wagyu Association (AWA) you are first required to become a member of the association. More information on how to become a member can be found here.
For calves to be registered with the AWA, the AWA currently requires positive parent verification results via DNA testing from laboratories to enable this to occur.
Calves can be parent verified just after birth using Tissue Samples (TSU’s) or via hair samples after good hair follicles have formed (typically after the animal is 4 months old, however this can vary depending on the animals). Animals are normally registered as calves either just after birth or at weaning/marking, whichever is more convenient to on-farm management. Earlier registration is best, especially for the increased accuracy of EBV’s. The animal registration process will require a minimum of the following basic information about the animal:
Dam details: AWA Animal Identifier
Sire details: AWA Animal Identifier
The Calf details below are optional and will assist with BREEDPLAN analysis if you choose to participate in BREEDPLAN – it is currently FREE for all AWA members to join and submit data to BREEDPLAN (for more information about BREEDPLAN please see the links below)
There are two methods available for registering Wagyu type cattle.
For information about the costs involved with animal registration please see the AWA fee schedule.
After registering the animal, the AWA will provide you with a unique Animal Identifier (ident) for each animal. This animal ident is composed of [Herd Identifier] [Grade] [Year Letter] [Tattoo] eg. AWAFM00001, and will be used by the society in all communications about this animal.
The AWA Bylaws provide further details on the rules associated with animal registration.
Getting started with BREEDPLAN – BREEDPLAN is becoming vital for all members wishing to produce quality Wagyu seedstock. Many bull buyers are skilled in selection using EBVs and won’t buy unless they can reasonably gauge the genetic performance of bulls on offer. The live export market is growing for Wagyu, with Fullblood/Purebred Category 1 bulls and females required to have EBV/Index performance data. Read more >
Wagyu BREEDPLAN – An animal’s breeding value is its genetic merit, half of which will be passed on to its progeny. While we will never know the exact breeding value, for performance traits it is possible to make good estimates. These are called Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs).
The EBV is therefore the best estimate of an animal’s genetic merit for that trait. EBVs are expressed as the difference between an individual animal’s genetics and the genetic base to which the animal is compared. Read more >
How to collect DNA samples – Download a fact sheet on how to collect DNA samples and send to the Animal Genetics Laboratory in Queensland.
Registering commercial animals – Learn more about fullblood and purebred breeding, crossbred commercial cattle and crossbreeding.