Registration Process

Wagyu Animal Registration Process

Wagyu and Crossbred Wagyu breeding animals and commercial slaughter animals may be registered and their performance data recorded for genetic analysis through Wagyu BREEDPLAN. Animal registration and performance recording is important to confirm the pedigrees of animals, to assist with genetic selection and future mating decisions, as well as confirming Wagyu breed claims. Commercial slaughter animals benefit from registration through confirmation of Wagyu breeding for beef brand input verification and live export. The addition of performance data for both breeders and their slaughter progeny enables accurate prediction of selection indexe through Wagyu BREEDPLAN.

Full membership is required prior to being able register and collate performance records for animals. For more information about the benefits and how to become a member of the AWA please go to becoming a member.

Animal registration forms the fundamental building block for seedstock production. It aims to record the animal and its sire and dam, which must already be registered, therefore establishing the pedigree “tree” for the animal i.e.;

Pedigree Tree

To ensure the sire and dam are correct the AWA requires the sire and dam to be verified using DNA parent verification testing prior to registration. Hence registration with AWA is a two-step process:

1. DNA Parent Verification
2. Animal Registration

The Entire Registration Process

  1. Calf is born
  2. DNA samples are taken – tail hairs or TSU (tissue)
  3. Samples are sent to the DNA laboratory of your choice – the Animal Genetics Laboratory at the University of Qld in Gatton is the most commonly used lab by AWA members – to test for parent verification (PV)
  4. Samples are tested to prove sire and dam
  5. AWA registers your animals
  6. AWA checks your rego file matches the DNA results from the DNA lab – we do not accept DNA results from members – they MUST come directly from the DNA lab to be accepted
  7. You send AWA a registration file via email or by submitting registrations via the AWA website
  8. Positive PV Results are sent from AGL (or your DNA lab of choice) to AWA and the person who took the samples – YOU
  9. You receive an automatically generated invoice for this work – which will tell you your animals are registered. You will also now receive an electronic copy of the animals registration certificate
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  10. Genetic condition testing can be completed – see our website for more details
  11. You can collect weight and trait data and submit this to BREEDPLAN to improve the accuracy of your EBV’s
  12. You should now be able to sell the animal for a premium price – especially with EBV’s that have higher accuracies; or you can improve your breeding by using these EBV’s and the selection index