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.
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:
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.
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.
Executive Committee: Chair
Member of all Board Sub-Committees
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.
Senior Vice President
Genetic Improvement Committee: Chair
Audit and Finance Committee Member
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.
Junior Advice President
Corporate Affairs Committee: Chair
Conference and Competitions Committee Member
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.
Audit and Finance Committee: Chair
Conference and Competitions Committee Member
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.
Genetic Improvement and Conference and Competitions Committee Member
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.
Audit and Finance and Corporate Affairs Committee Member
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.
Conference and Competitions Committee: Chair
Genetic Improvement Committee Member
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.
Corporate Affairs and Genetic Improvement Committee Member
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:
Regarding pedigree and DNA testing results submitted to the AWA, it is very important to appreciate, and you need to be aware that:
Regarding prefectural content, it is very important to appreciate, and you need to be aware that:
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.