The Elite Wagyu Sale, conducted by the Australian Wagyu Association alongside selling agents Elders and GDL was held last night at the 2022 WagyuEdge Conference. The sale eclipsed past records grossing a total of $2.86 million. The strength of this sale, the most successful ever Elite Wagyu Sale, is a testament to the work that the entire sector has done to strive for continuous genetic improvement.
“The Australian Wagyu Association is privileged to hold the Elite Wagyu Sale to support the thriving Australian Wagyu Sector. To have the best genetics on offer from 39 leading Wagyu breeders from around the world, in one place at one time, creates an astounding event and spectacle.” AWA CEO, Dr Matt McDonagh
It is very gratifying to see the top breeders from around the world celebrating their elite genetics and selling them with us. It’s a true privilege. The AWA Elite Wagyu Sale has become the hallmark Wagyu genetics event for the global Wagyu Sector. With the sale lots based on the top AWA published Estimated Breeding Values for Wagyu traits, the sale is confirmation of the confidence in the Sector underpinned by genetic progress and demand for elite Wagyu. With 300 in the Auction room and 100 bidders online, this sale was dynamite and consolidates Wagyu’s position in the global beef industry at the cutting edge of progress.
Opening the sale was a 13 month old, unjoined female from Sunnyside Wagyu. With all 4 $Indexes in the top 1% of the breed, alongside an impressive +3 marble score EBV, the heifer drew bidding interest from all over the globe. The eventual buyers, Yulong Investments from Nagambie VIC, secured this female for an Australian All Breeds record of $400,000.
The top price bull lot 19, Sahara Park Yasufuku R153, a 16 month old power house from Dean and Sam Pollard of Sahara Park, Rockhampton QLD, purchased by Que Hornery from Bar H Grazing. Free from all known genetic conditions and with a super stacked pedigree and EBV set, Mr Hornery commented “this bull will be the star in taking our business to another level”.
Full Sale Results:
- Top $400,000 – Lot 1 Sunnyside S0014 purchased by Yulong Investment
- Average $67,000
- Top $240,000 – Lot 19 Sahara Park Yasufuku R153 purchased by Bar H Grazing
- Average: $83,590
- Top $6,000 per embryo – Lot 36 IMUFP0101 x WSIFH144Z purchased by Mayura Station
- Average: $2,620 per embryo
- Top $37,500 per straw – Lot 55 Coates Itoshigenami G113 purchased by Mayura Station
- Average: $5,000