In response to the Government-initiated requirements associated with responsible event management in the Coronavirus-19 environment, we regret to advise that the WagyuEdge 2020 Annual Conference and Tour has been cancelled. We thank the large number of delegates who had registered for the event, and the Speakers and Sponsors who had supported the program for the Conference and Tour.
The Australian Wagyu Association Board will look to re-schedule the WagyuEdge conference to 2021, with all Speakers and Sponsors contacted fully supporting this move.
Now for the Good News!
Elite Wagyu Sale to continue online
The Elite Wagyu Sale is proceeding as an online event. The Elite Wagyu Sale has been successful live and online for the past four years and has grown year on year. Online selling is firmly established as a platform for the achievement of outstanding results.
The decision has been made to move fully online this year. The Elite Wagyu Sale will be conducted via AuctionsPlus on 30 April 2020 at 3.30 pm AEST.
The preliminary lot listing will be available on the AWA website by 27 March 2020.
2020 Wagyu Branded Beef Competition Awards to be rescheduled
The preparation, cooking and judging for the 2020 Wagyu Branded Beef Competition was completed at Cha Cha Char Wine Bar & Grill in Brisbane on the 17 March 2020.
32 entries were received this year from Australia’s leading brands, all vying for top honours in Fullblood Japanese Black, Open Crossbred and Commercial Wagyu categories.
The data is now being compiled and we will be working through options for announcing the results and recognising the medallists for each category.
Usually, the results are celebrated as the main feature of our WagyuEdge Conference Gala Dinner. With the Conference cancelled, we are now exploring alternative options for celebrating our 2020 entries. We will be in touch with all entrants shortly.
AWA office and services
AWA staff are taking steps to ensure we can continue to support our members during this period. Within the office, we have installed procedures to minimise risk to staff and disruption to member services and communications. This includes infrastructure to enable staff to work remotely as necessary, with full access to office systems.
We are working with our corporate partners, including DNA testing laboratories to ensure the processing of requests and delivery of results suffer minimum disruption.
Please consider using any down-time on-farm as an opportunity to accelerate DNA testing, including progressing through MiP to SNP or working with us to complete registrations. If you are able to act in the next few weeks, substantial savings are available on some services as we complete the move from MiP to SNP.
Meantime, we are continuously monitoring government advice and assessing the impacts of COVID-19. We are committed to regular, detailed communication and will advise you of any change to services and support over the coming period.
Please do not hesitate to contact the AWA should you have any questions