AWA takes on Canada and USA in September 2023

AWA International Tour 2023

11 world-renowned Wagyu Operations in 14 Days   

The Australian Wagyu Association will take a group of stakeholders on a 14-day tour across Canada and the USA, visiting 11 Wagyu operations and the 2023 American Wagyu Conference in San Antonio, TX. On Monday the 11th of September 2023, the Australian Wagyu Association tour group will depart from the Sydney International Airport to take part in this unforgettable tour. The group will visit a range of cutting-edge Wagyu operations including Wagyu Sekai, Vermont Wagyu, Bar R Cattle Co, Lone Mountain Cattle, Triangle B Ranch, M6 Cattle Co, Ranger Cattle and Landgraf Ranch.

Get in quick! Registrations will close on the 30th of June 2023 and a deposit of $5,500 AUD (per person) will be due upon registration. The full payment will be due by the 31st of July 2023. Visit the website for more information on pricing and full details of the tour. MORE INFROMATION HERE

The first full day will be spent visiting Wagyu Sekai, Canada – established by Ken Kurosawatsu in 1992 in Puslinch, Ontario, Canada. Then, the tour will have the amazing opportunity to take part in the Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist Tour before departing to Vermont, USA to meet Dr. Sheila Patinkin, owner of Vermont Wagyu on the following day to learn about their modern agricultural management practices.

Niagara Falls – Maid of the Mist

A free day of sightseeing in New York will occur on the 14th and Friday the 15th will be spent at Synergy Wagyu with Loren and Michael Ruth to hear about their advancements in the Wagyu industry. The next day, Jerry and Heidi Reeves will welcome the group to their farm, Bar R in Washington to see how they’ve achieved proven carcass genetics. On Sunday the 17th, the tour will visit the leading Fullblood Black Wagyu Cattle Ranch in the USA, Lone Mountain.





The second week begins with a lunch at Grasslands Wagyu, hosted by Brian Stamps as we learn about their focus on elite genetics.  While in Oklahoma, we will continue on to Triangle B Ranch to witness their vertically integrated operation. Then the tour will travel to East Austin, Texas to visit Josh Eilers at Ranger Cattle and then Kevin and Jessica Moore at M6 Ranch. On Thursday the 21st, the tour will make its way to Landgraf Ranch and Santos Patronos before the American Wagyu Conference being held on Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd of September. The group will then start their long journey home to Australia and will return to Sydney airport on the 26th of September.

To join he AWA on this unforgettable trip to Canada and the USA, follow to link above and secure your spot on the tour. For more information, head to the website or contact the AWA communications team with any further questions you may have. REGISTER HERE


itinerary subject to change. Current as at 17/05/2023

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.