Wagyu is a unique breed that has amongst its key attributes, other than the exquisite marbled beef quality, a high calving ease, excellent (docile) temperament, resilient in the feedlot and has a high (dressing percentage) carcase yield. Most important is the economic value derived from each animal, which is currently 100% more than pastoral cattle, sold at either the farm gate or as a long fed carcase.
Wagyu breeding requires patience as it takes time to build up a viable herd and end markets, this then becomes your own economic moat.
Recording Wagyu and Wagyu cross cattle and their performance data in the Herd Book, Crossbred and Wagyu Commercial Registers maintained by the Association provides very significant commercial value.
The AWA have created a workshop series of short ‘how to’ videos with tips on how to become a member with the AWA and the complete animal registration process, understand genetic testing, BREEDPLAN, EBV’s, Stockbook Herd Management software, how to order tags and TUS’s online and much more.
These walkthroughs are perfect for visual learners who would prefer to watch a video to understand important Wagyu breed concepts and the AWA registration processes. Check out the workshop series below!
Learn about how DNA testing is completed.
Instructional video on how to complete a registration form and submit to the AWA.
This video covers more detail about performance recording and recording this data.
A description of the production traits you can collect and how to submit the data to the AWA for genetic analysis.
In this segment Enoch Bergman challenges the way you think about and manage scours. This workshop presentation provides practical, relatable and scientifically grounded methods for the cause of scours and how to go about managing scours in Wagyu cattle