The Australian Waygu Association (AWA) and XytoVet would like to express our appreciation to the many producers who were early supporters of XytoVet’s service.  These members have assisted with samples and DNA testing to enable AWA and XytoVet to build the data transfer and management systems required for getting a new 50K genomic platform calibrated for standard AWA parent verification and genomic services – including BREEDPLAN Single-Step EBVs.

AWA has worked with XytoVet to ensure that the data formats required by AWA’s systems can be delivered in an effective and efficient process.  There has been a requirement for significant programming and data reporting systems development to enable transfer of high-quality genomic information from XytoVet to AWA so that it is compatible with AWA systems.  These challenges have been wholly resolved to the satisfaction of both AWA and XytoVet.

Specifically, in consultation with AWA, ABRI and AGBU, XytoVet’s data output has been re-edited and re-formatted to ensure compatibility with both AWA and BREEDPLAN systems. This newly edited and formatted data has subsequently undergone rigorous assessment and validation through both the AWA and AGBU.  This process has enabled us to not only ensure that all data is efficiently imported, but that post analysis output and results are consistent and compatible with all existing technology platforms and service providers.

We are delighted to announce that XytoVet services to AWA and its members are now available to Australian members, providing processing and uploading of results within two weeks of receipt of samples.

We welcome you to get in touch with XytoVet should you wish to discuss further, and we look forward to XytoVet, as an Australian-owned and managed partner, supporting the AWA and its members through processing quick turnaround samples for you.

Kind regards,

Dr Matthew McDonagh, CEO AWA and,

Jason Ledger, MD, XytoVet

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.