The Australian Wagyu Association welcomes Elite Livestock Auctions as our online partner with Grant Daniel & Long (GDL) to conduct the 7th Elite Wagyu Sale online on Thursday 20th April, 2020.

In the past, the Elite Wagyu Sale was held live and online, but with COVID-19, the decision has been made to move to an online-only platform. With that in mind, Elite Livestock Auctions will provide the online interface.

With around 100 Lots, the Elite Wagyu Sale now has no restrictions on time and can give buyers a greater opportunity to bid. The Sale will now be conducted across two sessions (AEST):

• 10:00am to 1:00pm – Live Lots (females and males)
• 1:30pm to 3:30pm – Genetic Lots (embryos and semen)

Potential online buyers from Australia need to register with . Special arrangements must be made by International Bidders with GDL who will provide a temporary Buyer password for this sale only. Buyers will need to register with the Agents prior to the sale.

This year, we have a total of 98 exceptional Lots including:

  • 25 Female lots
  • 26 Bull lots
  • 2 Flush lots
  • 26 Embryo lots
  • 20 Semen lots

Interest in submission of Lots in the Sale was extremely high this year. The Association would like to thank all potential vendors for putting forward their Lots for consideration.

This year the Association has strengthened the criteria for the Sale to be animals or genetic Lots with EBVs or BreedObject $Indexes in the top 5% of the breed; the final Lots exhibited multiple EBVs or $Index values.

Genomic (50K DNA) testing has also been completed to increase the accuracy of EBVs for all live Lots. Along with this, the Association has ensured testing for genetic recessive conditions has been completed where animals were not able to be demonstrated as ‘free’ by pedigree alone.

For more information contact AWA CEO, Dr Matt McDonagh on 0409 104 433 or [email protected]

Important Notice and Disclaimer

It is very important that you appreciate when viewing the AWA database that the information contained on the AWA database, including but not limited to pedigree, DNA information, Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) and Index values, is based on data supplied by members and/or third parties.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information reported through AWA, AWA officers and employees assume no responsibility for its content, use or interpretation. AWA disclaims all liability (including without limitation, liability in negligence) for all expenses, losses, damages and costs you may incur as a result of the use by you of the data on this AWA database and the information supplied by ABRI and AGBU being inaccurate or incomplete in any way for any reason.

Regarding EBVs and Index values, it is very important to appreciate, and you need to be aware that:

  • EBVs are derived using Wagyu Single Step BREEDPLAN technology developed independently by the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU), using the information contained within the AWA database.
  • AGBU is a joint venture of NSW Department of Primary Industries and the University of New England, which receives funding for this purpose from Meat and Livestock Australia Limited.
  • AWA relies solely on advice provided by AGBU and ABRI in accepting Wagyu Single Step BREEDPLAN software.
  • EBVs published in Wagyu Single Step BREEDPLAN are estimates of genetic potential of individual animals and may not reflect the raw animal phenotype.
  • EBVs can only be directly compared to other EBVs calculated in the same monthly Wagyu Group BREEDPLAN analysis.

Regarding pedigree and DNA testing results submitted to the AWA, it is very important to appreciate, and you need to be aware that:

  • Pedigree and DNA data submitted and supplied to AWA may have errors in it which cannot be detected without further DNA testing.
  • Technology may have advanced since a particular test was undertaken so that previous inaccuracies which were not detectable are now able to be detected by current testing technology.
  • AWA estimates that less than 1% of the pedigree entries, ownership or breeding details in the AWA Herdbook may have errors or which may be misleading. For this reason, users ought to consider if they need to obtain independent testing of the relevant animal (if possible) to ensure that the data is accurate.

Regarding prefectural content, it is very important to appreciate, and you need to be aware that:

  • Prefectural content is based on the estimation of prefectural origin from Japanese breeding records of 201 foundation sires and 168 foundation dams.  As genotype-based parent verification is not used in Japan, and full Japanese registration certificates are not available for all foundation animals, exact prefectural composition for these sires and dams cannot be validated.
  • The calculation of prefectural content for Australian Herdbook animals relies on the accuracy of pedigree records and DNA samples provided by AWA members.
  • The reporting of prefectural content for animals within the AWA Herdbook relies on the calculation provided by ABRI.

If you consider that you do not understand or appreciate the nature and extent of the data provided on this website or the EBVs of a particular animal, then AWA strongly recommends that you seek independent expert advice.