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News > Events
14th May 2020
In uncertain times, the 2020 Elite Wagyu Sale has shone out as the leading international Wagyu genetics event, with strong results that will instil confidence in the leading edge of Wagyu genetics. Delivered 100% online and hosted by Elite Livestock Auctions…
News > Breeding
05th March 2020
Neogen Australasia has advised that they will no longer by providing MiP testing services, and will be transitioning to SNP until 31st May 2021. Many of AWA’s breeders are already utilising SNP, but now is the time to upgrade and take…
News > Events
20th January 2020
The Paddock to Palate Competition held by the Royal Queensland Show, EKKA, and presented by JBS is open for entries, with the good news is that the close date has been extended to 29 January, 2021. Of particular interest to Wagyu…
News > Breeding
29th November 2019
The Australian Wagyu Association is pleased to announce that Neogen Australasia, Xytovet and Zoetis are now recognised laboratories for DNA testing through the AWA. All three companies offer genomics products, effective 29th November 2019. The data provided by all three companies…
News > Breeding
15th July 2019
The Australian Wagyu Association is now providing online monthly updates of the Wagyu Breeding Guide EBV Tables for Sires and Dams. Designed to enable breeders to apply their own priorities and selection criteria to suit their business operations, the Breeding Guide…
News > Events
27th May 2019
The dust has settled since the Australian Wagyu Association’s 2019 WagyuEdge: Building Integrity Conference and Tour and what a wonderful event it was! Held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, 8-12 May, delegates took full advantage of our Speaker presentations, networking opportunities,…

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.