AWA Honour Roll and Hall of Fame

The Australian Wagyu Association is indebted to those individuals who have provided exceptional contributions to the industry. In recognition of their services, Honorary Life Members and Hall of Fame recipients are voted on by the Board to acknowledge the time, effort and knowledge given by individuals to improve the Australian Wagyu industry.

Honorary Life Members

Peter Winkler KBO
Keith Hammond JKC
Bob Talbot SF
Nick and Vicki Sher SWS
Greg Gibbons GIB
Dr Simon Coates SMO

Hall of Fame

Shogo Takeda (Inducted 2015)
A Wagyu legend. He has for more than 50 years been breeding Japanese Black Wagyu cattle that have no peer. He was instrumental in releasing Wagyu genetics to the world. In his own words (translated from Japanese), ”I exported Wagyu to the USA and Australia just wanting people all over the world to have great marbling Wagyu. The members of the Australian Wagyu Association have spread Wagyu worldwide which helped my dream come true”.

Chris Walker (Inducted 2015)
Founder of Westholme Wagyu and one of the early importers of Wagyu into Australia. He surprised and maybe challenged some of the beliefs around the breed’s establishment outside Japan. In 1996 he exported 84 registered Fullblood females and six registered Fullblood sires from Japan to the USA.  These animals produced embryos and semen for export to Westholme in Australia which developed into the world’s second largest Fullblood Wagyu herd which was sold in its entirety to AACo in 2006.

Wally Rae (Inducted 2017)
Wally secured the Australian semen rights to the first Fullblood cattle that left Japan in the 1990s and was involved in early Fullblood breeding in Australia, with the first Australian-born Fullblood bull born at his property.