Wagyu cattle are a unique breed that is renowned for its marbling beef quality, that is gaining in popularity with hospitality and consumers. With the largest Wagyu herd outside of Japan, Australian Wagyu beef is now sold globally with 80-90% of production exported around the world.
To achieve quality Wagyu beef, genetics and nutrition play an important role. Australian Wagyu is initially grass fed on prime Australian pasture before making a gentle transition to grain to achieve the marbling beef quality that it is renowned for.
With a larger liveweight than most breeds, the carcase yield sold through branded beef labels, hospitality or wholesale attracts a high economic return. To realise that outcome, Wagyu breeding uses careful selection of high-level genetics.
There are three broad approaches to Wagyu breeding and beef production: Fullblood, Crossbred and Commercial.
Producing a quality herd, large or small, takes time and careful planning, but as a breed, Wagyu cattle are known for:
Learn more about breeding Fullblood, Crossbred and Commercial production systems.
The Wagyu Breeding Guide is a suite of carcase EBVs capable of predicting the genetic merit of a wide range of Wagyu sires and dams and BreedObject $Indexes, ranking animals based on performance and carcase data records.
It is designed to enable breeders to apply their own priorities and select appropriate sire and dam breeding for the herd. Where the seedstock genetics are unavailable, a review of pedigrees will provide an alternative selection guideline.
This document is a unique milestone for the Wagyu breed both in Australia and internationally. It has been achieved through a funding partnership with Meat & Livestock Australia and support provided by AGBU and ABRI.
Divided in two parts, the introduction outlines the genetic background of Wagyu; the second document provides the EBV summary data and will be updated on a monthly basis.
Wagyu Breeding Guide Introduction 2019 (pdf 4.7Mb)
AWA Sire and Dam EBV Summary
April 2020 (PDF 2mb)
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