About the AWA

Australia’s pre-eminent body supporting, promoting and advancing Wagyu production

Wagyu - world's luxury beef

The Australian Wagyu Association (AWA) was formed in 1989. For more than 30 years the work the Association has undertaken in maintaining a continued focus on genetic improvement has underpinned the progress of the Wagyu sector. Our global member base is now more than 1,000 members from 30 different countries. Our vision for the future is to support our membership, promote the Wagyu sector and advance production to benefit the entire Wagyu community.

The AWA maintains the world’s largest Wagyu database for parentage and genetic analysis with over 22,000 sires and 150,000 dams registered in the system. Each year, more than 25,000 calves are added into the database. Analysis is undertaken by a leading genetic evaluation system on 14 key Wagyu production traits and four selection $indexes reporting the results every two weeks so breeders can make the informed breeding decision with the latest information. Over 100,000 genotypes are included in this analysis across 250,000 animals spanning up to ten generations. 

Research and development

The AWA is at the forefront of research and development for Wagyu. Projects that have contributed to the past decade of enhanced value in Wagyu include:

Honouring our forebears

The Australian Wagyu Association began from humble beginnings but has grown in knowledge and reputation, due in part to the tireless efforts of our past presidents and members, honoured with Life Membership, Hall of Fame or 25-year membership awards.

Our directors

President
Senior Vice President
Junior Vice President
Treasurer
Charlie Perry

Charles Perry

President

For general board enquiries, please email board@wagyu.org.au or call please call 02 8880 7700

Charlie and his family are the operators of Trent Bridge Wagyu, specialising in Fullblood and F1 breeding programs since 2005. Before returning to the family farm, Charlie completed education in commerce and was a consultant for many years with Ernst & Young in Sydney. Charlie also took part in the 2017 Young Breed Leaders Workshop conducted by the Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association.

List of committee responsibilities

President

Executive Committee: Chair

Member of all Board Sub-Committees

Laird Morgan

Laird Morgan

Senior Vice President

For general board enquiries, please email board@wagyu.org.au or call please call 02 8880 7700

Laird is the owner/operator of Lillyvale Feedlot and Arubial Wagyu. A fourth-generation beef farmer, he is a graduate of Marcus Oldham and will bring to the Board an understanding of Wagyu strengths in comparison to the beef industry.

List of Committee Responsibilities:

Senior Vice President

Corporate Affairs Committee: Chair

Audit and Finance Committee Member

 

Selwyn Maller

Junior Vice President

For general board enquiries, please email board@wagyu.org.au or call please call 02 8880 7700

Selwyn and his wife run Hamilton Park Wagyu – a Fullblood and crossbred breeding vertically integrated operation to produce beef of high level marbling, fertility and growth.

A passionate contributor to BREEDPLAN and Wagyu genetics, Selwyn is a third generation grazier and a member since 2005.

List of committee responsibilities

Junior Advice President

Genetic Improvement Committee:  Chair

Audit and Finance Committee Member

 

Scott de Bruin

Scott deBruin

Treasurer

For general board enquiries, please email board@wagyu.org.au or call please call 02 8880 7700

Scott is the principal of Mayura Station and has served as President and Board member previously for the Association, in the era of the introduction of the Collaborative Genetic Research Project. Mayura Station is a vertically integrated business based in South Australia, and has been a successful entry in the Wagyu Branded Beef Competition each year since its inception.

List of Committee Responsibilities:

Treasurer

Audit and Finance Committee: Chair

Corporate Affairs and Genetic Improvement Committee Member

Gina Lincoln

Gina Lincoln

Director

For general board enquiries, please email board@wagyu.org.au or call please call 02 8880 7700

Gina Lincoln is a well-respected consultant to the beef industry. Gina has extensive experience in feedlot management and Fullblood herds, having spent 12 years as general manager of Peechelba Beef Feedlot and seven years with Blackmore Wagyu overseeing the breeding, feeding and operations of the company.

List of committee responsibilities

Genetic Improvement and Conference and Competitions Committee Member

Dean Pollard

Dean Pollard

Director

For general board enquiries, please email board@wagyu.org.au or call please call 02 8880 7700

Dean Pollard is synonymous with Sahara Park Wagyu, breeding Fullblood genetics for the past five years and a member of the AWA since 2012. A keen advocate for BREEDPLAN, Dean is keen to improve the overall Wagyu genetics for the Australian industry.

List of committee responsibilities

Corporate Affairs and Genetic Improvement Committee Member

Glen Wright

Glen Wright

Director

For general board enquiries, please email board@wagyu.org.au

Glen is a grazier, property developer and an investor. His life passion and is building Wright Pastoral to be a leading crossbred and Fullblood Wagyu enterprise. Glen is continuing to breed, background and produce quality, high-marbling Wagyu Beef for consumers across Australia and around the world. Under Geoff Willett’s mentorship, Glen began producing Wagyu in 2013 at Koreelah, on the NSW border and has since added additional properties around Ebor. The company runs 1,500 breeders and is continuing to expand with a goal to build their base to 3,000 breeding females.

List of committee responsibilities

Conference and Competitions Committee: Chair

Corporate Affairs Committee Member

Richard Puddicombe

Richard Puddicombe

Director

For general board enquiries, please email board@wagyu.org.au

Richard has been the Station Manager at Burindi, owned by Paraway Pastoral Co, since 2008. Richard was the driver behind introducing Wagyu bulls into the Paraway programme in 2012, using them over quality Angus heifers. Richard has significant experience running large scale commercial operations delivering a premium product and is committed to seeing the AWA support and promote the advancement of the Wagyu sector.

List of committee responsibilities

Conference and Competitions and Genetic Improvement Committee Member

Robyn Elphick

Robyn Elphick

Director

For general board enquiries, please email board@wagyu.org.au

Robyn is a third-generation beef producer, running Sunnyside Wagyu alongside her partner and parents. Located in Northern NSW, Sunnyside runs a Fullblood herd selling seedstock as well as a F1 and F2 commercial herd. Robyn has off farm qualifications in law, business and mediation with skills in legal analysis, risk assessment, critical analysis, negotiations and business communications. Robyn is a passionate Wagyu producer and will look to add value to the board by promoting collaborative and constructive governance in the continued development and innovation of the Wagyu sector.

List of committee responsibilities

Conference and Competitions and Corporate Affairs Committee Member

John Spreadborough1

John Spreadborough

Director

For general board enquiries, please email board@wagyu.org.au or call please call 02 8880 7700

John has more than 30 years experience in mining, ports and power as Director of JS13 Engineering. A member since 2001, John has extensive knowledge of Wagyu, sharing knowledge and feedback with like-minded breeders and industry participants.

List of committee responsibilities

Corporate Affairs, Audit and Finance and Conference and Competitions Committee Member

 

AWA staff

Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Marketing and Communications Manager
Communications and Design
Events Manager
Carcase Camera Technician
Genetic Projects Manager
Genetic Projects Officer
Technical Services Manager
Member Services Manager
Member Services Officer
Member Services Officer
Member Services Officer
Member Services Officer
STAFF Matt

Dr Matt McDonagh

Chief Executive Officer

To contact Matt, please call 02 8880 7701

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Chief Financial Officer

To contact Jeanette, please call 02 8880 7702

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To contact Emily, please call 02 8880 7700

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Communications and Design

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Events Manager

To contact Bradley, please call 0412 461 392

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Carcase Camera Technician

To contact , please call 02 8880 7704

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Laura Penrose

Genetic Projects Manager

To contact Laura, please call 02 8880 7710

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Katie Dailey

Genetic Projects Officer

To contact Katie, please call 02 8880 7712

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Carel Teseling

Technical Services Manager

To contact Carel, please call 02 8880 7703

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Caroline Triebe

Member Services Manager

To contact Caroline, please call 02 8880 7706

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Claudia Morris

Member Services Officer

To contact Claudia, please call 02 8880 7700

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Hannah Kirkwood

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Corporate Information

AWA Constitution, strategic plan, Bylaws and appeals policy

The Australian Wagyu Association governing documentation is outlined within these documents and provides directives on how we operate, how we serve our members and how we plan to support, advance and promote Wagyu.

The Bylaws outline our day-to-day operations and the responsibilities of our Members and updated regularly in alignment with AWA Board directives.

Through the Appeals process, and in line with our Constitution and Bylaws, the AWA undertakes formal investigations within the principles of natural justice.

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.