Our Role

The Australian Wagyu Association is committed to supporting, promoting and advancing Wagyu production to provide the world's luxury beef—Wagyu.

Wagyu was originally a draft animal used in Japanese agriculture and selected for their physical endurance. This selection favoured animals with more intramuscular fat cells, or ‘marbling’, which provided a readily available source of energy. In the period of the late 1980s through to the 1990s, a window of opportunity to secure Japanese Black Wagyu genetics became available.

The international Wagyu population traces its lineage back to Fullblood sires and Dams registered in the Japanese National Registry.  For Japanese Black, there are 369 founder animals (201 sires and 168 dams) from which progeny and frozen genetics were exported from Japan to the US, with the majority arriving in Australia.

The Japanese government has since forbidden the export of Wagyu genetics, so no future increase in the genetic stock is likely. The AWA does not support illegal trade or the movement of Wagyu genetics that is not endorsed by the Japanese and Australian governments.

The Australian Wagyu Association was founded in 1989 with the arrival of the first Purebred Wagyu cow.  The AWA and the Australian Wagyu industry now represents the largest Wagyu herd outside of Japan.

The global Wagyu herd is based on the genetics of the same founder animals from Japan.  Breeders from around the world are looking to the AWA as the benchmark provider of high quality and integrity registration, DNA testing and breeding services.

Who are our Board

President
Senior Vice President
Junior Vice President
Treasurer

Mike Buchanan

President

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

Mike is the principal of Ginjo Wagyu, in operation since 1998, focusing on Fullblood feeders and breeding stock in NSW. A communication specialist, Mike holds a Master of Agriculture and has received awards in rural science, communications and marketing. He is the moderator of the Australian Wagyu Forum website.

List of Committees:

Executive Committee: President

Corporate Affairs

Genetic Improvement

 

John Spreadborough

Senior Vice President

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 paricipants.

List of committee responsibilities

Conference and Competitions

Corporate Affairs

Audit, Risk and Finance

Genetic Improvement

Sharon Oates

Junior Vice President

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

Sharon and husband Kevin, have been operating Oasis Collection Centre for 24 years, specialising in embryo collection for Wagyu. Sharon brings an extensive knowledge of Wagyu genetics and breeding as well as the protocols surrounding exporting genetic reproductive material.

List of committee responsibilities

Genetic Improvement

Conference and Competitions

Charles Perry

Treasurer

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

Executive Committee: Treasurer

Audit, Risk and Finance: Chair

Conference and Competitions

Strategic Planning

Wagyu Services

Pete Cabassi

Director

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

Operating Cabassi Wagyu for more than 21 years, Pete Cabassi has constructed a vertically integrated operation from genetics through to retail for Fullblood Wagyu beef.

Previously sales manager for AACo, principal of Kobe Cuisine and a research officer with Meat Research Corporation and Aus-Meat and a founding member of Meat Standards Australia, Pete has been a member with the Association since 2007.

List of committee responsibilities

Strategic Planning: Chair

Genetic Improvement

Corporate Affairs

 

 

 

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

Conference and Competitions

Selwyn Maller

Director

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

Conference and Competitions – Chair

Audit, Risk and Finance

Wagyu Services

 

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

Strategic Planning

Genetic Improvement

Lorna Tomkinson

Director

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

Lorna heads up Thale Wagyu, breeding Fullblood Wagyu cattle since 1999 in the foothills of Barrington Tops World Heritage area. With further education in beef production and management, Lorna has been a member since 2000.

List of committee responsibilities

Audit, Risk and Finance

Corporate Affairs

Genetic Improvement

 

Chantal Winter

Director

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

A member since 2009, Chantal has 25 years’ experience in the meat industry spanning meat safety, cattle care auditing and training.  With her husband, Anthony Winter are the managers of Macquarie Wagyu, specialists in long fed and feedlot Fullblood and crossbred Wagyu.

Chantal has a background in meat inspection and cattle care auditing and knows the importance of good data for production systems.

 

List of committee responsibilities

Conference and Competitions

Audit, Risk and Finance

Corporate Affairs

Strategic Planning

Meet our staff

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

Dr Matt McDonagh

Chief Executive Officer

To contact Matt, please call 02 8880 7701

Australian Wagyu Association

Suite 6, 146 Marsh Street,
Armidale NSW 2351
STAFF Carel

Carel Teseling

Technical Services Manager

To contact Carel, please call 02 8880 7703

Australian Wagyu Association

Armidale office
STAFF Jeanette Copy

Jeanette Rawlings

Chief Financial Officer

To contact Jeanette, please call 02 8880 7702

Australian Wagyu Association

Armidale office
STAFF Deb

Deborah Andrich

Marketing and Communications Manager

To contact Deborah, please call 0400 855 040

Australian Wagyu Association

Melbourne
STAFF Aaron

Aaron van den Heuvel

Carcase Camera Technician

To contact , please call 02 8880 7704

Australian Wagyu Association

Armidale office
STAFF Caroline

Caroline Triebe

Member Services Manager

To contact Caroline, please call 02 8880 7706

Australian Wagyu Association

Armidale office
STAFF Debbie

Debbie Lowe

Member Services Officer

To contact Debbie, please call 02 8880 7709

Australian Wagyu Association

Armidale Office
STAFF Emily

Emily Rabone

Member Services Officer

To contact Emily, please call 02 8880 7700

Australian Wagyu Association

Armidale Office
STAFF Heather Copy

Heather Frazier

Design and Digital Media

To contact Heather, please call 0432 949 764

Australian Wagyu Association

Sydney office
STAFF Bradley Copy

Bradley Hayden

Events Manager

To contact Bradley, please call 0412 461 392

Australian Wagyu Association

Albury office

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 or Hall of Fame.

Wagyu Fellowship Scholarship Program

The Wagyu Fellowship – Scholarship program aims to facilitate research and training in areas that are beneficial to the Australian Wagyu industry through genetics, nutrition, production and meat science.

Any projects that can be shown to be of value to the Wagyu industry will be considered.  This may include any sector of the Wagyu supply/value chain and may include interests such as genetics, breeding, production, nutrition, processing, and meat science. 

Applications are now closed for the 2020 Wagyu Fellowship program.

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 Consitution and Bylaws, the AWA undertakes formal investigations within the principles of natural justice.

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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.