Record semen and embryos averages 2023 sale

Leading genetics of the Global Wagyu Industry

Another stunning result this year for the Australian Wagyu Sector and its Elite Wagyu Sale.  In prior years, this annual sale has delivered world record prices for females ($400,000), world record bulls ($240,000), record semen prices of $50,000/straw and embryos reaching $23,000/embryo.

The 2023 Elite Wagyu Sale, hosted exclusively by the Australian Wagyu Association (AWA) in partnership with Ray White Rural Dalby, was on the 20 April during the marquee WagyuEdge’23 conference. The extravagant event took place cruising around Sydney Harbour on board the ‘Starship Sydney’ with 600 patrons and guests of the AWA. This year’s sale was incredibly strong, with buying interest from across the global, a gross total of $2.6 million. The strength and quality of this sale are evidence of the continued confidence in the entire Wagyu sector.

AWA CEO, Dr Matt McDonagh, said: it is a satisfying validation of the hard work that our top Wagyu breeders do day-in and day-out, using powerful genetic improvement tools to deliver the leading Wagyu seedstock in the World.

“This year we had 48 different vendors across 70 remarkable lots. To have these lots sold to buyers from around the world whilst cruising in the middle of Sydney Harbour is a memory that none of us onboard will ever forget. The atmosphere was electric and the setting was truly remarkable”.

The 2023 Elite Wagyu Sale focused on rare Wagyu genetics and animals representing the top of Wagyu genetics in the most valuable trait categories (carcase, growth and maternal).  The AWA delivers the leading Wagyu genetic information for more than 1,000 breeders around the world, in a truly global gene pool.

The AWA is pleased to announce a three-year partnership with Ray White Rural Dalby as the sole selling agent for the Elite Wagyu Sale. This partnership recognises a commitment to delivering a world-class selling platform for the very top genetics in the Wagyu Industry. Nominations are open now for entries into the 2024 Elite Wagyu Sale which will focus on rare genetics and animals representing the top 1% of Wagyu BREEDPLAN EBVs and the top 1% of Breed $Indexes. Take this opportunity to be apart of the 2024 Sale.





For a full report of results, click HERE

19/22 sold (86% clearance)
Average $56,789,  Top $250,000 ~ Lot 15

15/15 sold (100% clearance)
Average $4,770 (per straw),  Top $13,000 (per straw) ~ Lot 29

17/18 sold (94% clearance)
Average $46,588, Top $160,000 ~ Lot 43

10/11 sold (91% clearance)
Average $6,890 (per embryo), Top $20,000 (per embryo) ~ Lot 62A


Elite Wagyu Sale Results since 2014



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