Meet the AWA Board Members

The Australian Wagyu Association Board is comprised of 10 Members as elected under the Constitution.

The Australian Wagyu Association Board unanimously supports publication of the AWA Wagyu BREEDPLAN, the largest genetic evaluation of Japanese Black and Red (Wagyu) cattle that is publicly available worldwide.

The AWA Board has a duty to review and continuously improve Wagyu BREEDPLAN for ongoing breed development.

The Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) within Wagyu BREEDPLAN and Profitability Indexes, updated monthly, are supported by AWA as representing the best scientific knowledge available at the time of publication.

AWA Board Directors are volunteers for a tenure of up to three years. Their role is to oversee AWA strategy and breed development.

AWA Board Members

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

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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.