The Australian Wagyu Association is committed to supporting, promoting and advancing Wagyu production to provide the world's luxury beef—Wagyu.
The Australian Wagyu Association was the first Wagyu Registry Association formed outside of Japan, in 1989, with the first live import of a Wagyu heifer into Australia. In the following years, the genetic material of more than 200 distinct animals was imported via the USA and Canada from Japan to begin the foundations of the global Wagyu herd.
The Australian Wagyu Association maintains the largest registry of Wagyu cattle outside of Japan, with unique integrity in pedigree and prefectural linkage to the Japanese herd.
The Association has maintained a continued focus on genetic improvement. The common base of the global Wagyu population, high levels of genomic testing and performance recording by Association members has enabled implementation of a global genetic analysis. Our membership now spans more than 20 countries.
With the introduction of Single-Step (Genomic) BREEDPLAN, the Association has significantly improved genetic and DNA testing outcomes for all members, including providing world-leading estimated breeding values and profitability selection indexes for more than 120,000 registered Fullblood animals.
Approximately 50% of Association registered Fullblood animals now have SNP genomic profiles. Given the common gene-pool base of the global Wagyu herd, this makes the Australian Wagyu Association’s data the benchmark for genetic evaluation of Japanese Black Wagyu.
We are committed to supporting our membership, promoting our industry and to advancing the valuable attributes of Wagyu. These strategies form the basis of our Strategic Plan 2020-2025 and guide our future.
Our continued focus is to provide value to our members to improve their business outcomes and advance and protect our critical genetic resources for future viability of the breed. By defining the unique qualities of Wagyu, we demonstrate the super performance of Wagyu and share its unique story.
To support that provenance, the Association will continue to be leaders in data management on behalf of our members and to act with integrity and open exchange with supply chain partners to ensure that the true value of Wagyu is captured to give consumers the #worlds luxury beef.
The Australian Wagyu Association is at the forefront of research and development for Wagyu. Projects such as the introduction of genomic-backed EBVs specifically for Wagyu, delivery of Japanese Prefectural data, BreedObject Selection $Indexes, Sire Progeny Net Feed Intake Program, Crossbred Wagyu Genomics Testing and the MIJ Objective Carcase Measurement, have all contributed in the past decade to enhance of the value of Wagyu.