Wagyu Collaborative Genetic Research Project

Delivered in two stages, the Collaborative Genetic Research Project aim was to increase the rate of genetic gain of Australian Fullblood and purebred Wagyu at a faster rate than any other Australian beef breed within 10 years, by developing a whole of Wagyu industry genetic advancement model.  The project was delivered by the Australian Wagyu Association, with matched funding collaboration from Meat & Livestock Australia.


Two Stage Delivery

Stage 1:

Completed in September 2014, data was “mined” from large cohorts of Fullblood Wagyu progeny from large commercial Wagyu producer operations, delivering some 2-3000 phenotypes depending of the trait considered to deliver preliminary Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) for use in Single-Step BREEDPLAN utilising the SNP genotypes to more accurately establish pedigree relationships.

Stage 2:

The Wagyu Genetic Analysis based on the results of Stage 1 were customised using genetic parameters, heritability and trait correlations, and the EBVs in Wagyu BREEDPLAN.  Predictive genomic performance tests were developed and commercialised for breeding and commercial feedlot slaughter animals along with BreedObject $Indexes. Promising young sires will be identified and their widespread use encouraged across Wagyu breeding herds supplying performance data, reducing generation interval and further increasing genetic gain. 

For more information on the Project, download the FactSheet

Final Report

The Final Report for the Wagyu Collaborative Genetic Research Project Stage 1 is available for download here .

Sire & Dam Research EBV Lists

To review the most recent Wagyu Breeding Guide Sire and Dam EBV lists, go to: Forms and Guides