AGM and Technical Workshop

Held on 15 November 2022


Technical Workshop

On Tuesday 15 November, the Australian Wagyu Association hosted a technical workshop, exploring nutrition, management and genetic improvement/breeding programs in Wagyu.

Industry experts shared their insights, experiences and challenges. Presentations were recorded during the workshop and available to watch on-demand.

Topics covered

  • Development of crush-side sequencing and next generation tools for genetic improvement in cattle
  • Immune Ready program and new tools for health and resilience of Wagyu cattle
  • Wagyu MSA Model – update on analysis of Wagyu effects on eating quality in MSA
  • Using Matesel to optimise breeding decisions across a herd

AWA – Annual General Meeting of Members

The Australian Wagyu Association AGM was held on 15 November 2022. This year, the AGM was run as a hybrid event, with the option for our Members to attend in person at the Brisbane Airport Convention Centre or via conferencing technology Vero Voting.


Election of Directors and Members’ Committee

Nominees appointed to the Board of Directors

Gina Lincoln
Adam Withers


2023 Officers and Directors of the AWA Board:

Charlie Perry (President and Board Chair)
Laird Morgan (Senior Vice President)
Robyn Elphick (Junior Vice President)
Scott de Bruin (Treasurer)
Gina Lincoln
Dean Pollard
Richard Puddicombe
Adam Withers
Glen Wright

The AWA Board sub-committee structure and composition jave been finalised. Read the list of Committee representation of each AWA Board member by clicking on each member here.

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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.