An Opportunity to Secure Top Australian Wagyu Genetics

The Elite Wagyu Sale of 2019 proved beyond doubt – that Elite Wagyu genetics are in high demand and represent the very best of the breed outside Japan. Over the past seven years, the Elite Wagyu Sale has consistently raised the bar to strengthen results and set the standard for the industry’s top genetics.
With strong auction results reported in 2019, buyers from Australia and overseas had a particular focus on top-ranked females, with bulls, semen and embryos also performing well.

The 2020 Elite Wagyu Sale will again build on the proven success of past sales, by increasing the sale qualifications around body condition, genetic testing and accuracy of EBVs for the sale categories in addition to the listings being in the top 5% of breed genetics. The Lots on offer represent the highest percentiles in performance against BREEDPLAN reported traits and BreedObject $Indexes.

The 2020 Elite Wagyu Sale is now open for Vendors to nominate their best Wagyu for Sale.
The auction will be conducted by RuralCo/GDL and hosted by AuctionsPlus under the ALPA Livestock Auction Terms and Conditions of Sale with promotional support from the AWA. Many of the genetics on offer may be exported, buyers must take due diligence to ensure with the vendor that required protocols are observed for their export conditions. Buyers need to be registered with RuralCo/GDL prior to the sale in order to bid.

Now in its 7th year, the Sale will once again be conducted live and online during the WagyuEdge 2020 Annual Conference 29 April – 1 May 2020, to be held at the Royal Pines Resort, Queensland.
The Elite Wagyu Sale will be held on the afternoon of Day 2 of the WagyuEdge Conference. The Sale will be held at 4 pm AEST, prior to the Gala Dinner. A print copy of the catalogue will be available during the conference and online prior to the Sale.

Entry Forms are now available on the AWA website and will close 10 February 2020.

Only Australian Wagyu Association registered Wagyu genetics will be accepted – make sure you have DNA testing completed well in advance of entries closing on the 10th of February. Terms and Conditions of Sale are available for review on the AWA website.

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.