Elite Wagyu Sale

Date Change: 4 November 2020

The Elite Wagyu Sale showcases the top 5% of Wagyu genetics outside Japan


The Australian Wagyu Association’s Elite Wagyu Sale showcases the top 5% of Wagyu genetics outside Japan, with bulls and females, semen and embryos and special interest and rare genetics on offer.

Recognising that it has become the global Wagyu industry’s leading sales event, the Sale will now be held twice per year with reduced lot numbers in each sale.


Next Elite Wagyu Sale – 4 November 2020

The Elite Wagyu Sale – Spring 2020 will be held on Wednesday 4 November 2020, 1pm AEDT. The new format brings with it updated regulations to continuously improve the sale, including:

  • Increase in minimum EBV accuracy and number of EBVs in the top 5% of the breed;
  • Genomics testing and genetic condition status required for parents of semen and embryo lots in addition to all live lots;
  • Changes have been introduced to improve diversity in sale catalogue lots; and
  • Total sale lots have been reduced to 70 for each Sale.

The Elite Wagyu Sale Spring 2020 seeks Genetic Diversity from our Vendors who have:

    • Females representing the top of the Self-Replacing or Wagyu Breeder Indexes, along with females in the very top of individual EBVs;
    • Elite terminal production Bulls representing the top F1 Terminal and Fullblood Terminal $Indexes;
    • The top Self-Replacing and Wagyu Breeder $Index bulls, along with bulls in the very top of individual EBVs.

As per usual, there will be the opportunity to put forward some truly rare genetics that may of high interest to the International Wagyu community.

We will be managing the representation of Lots within each category to achieve good balance across the catalogue with a focus on diverse genetics.  Any single animals can not represent more than 10% of the genetics within sale lots. Vendors are encouraged to review the Sale regulations, particularly regulation #5.

Snapshot of Elite Wagyu Sale – Autumn 2020


  • 146 bidders across 11 countries
  • 32 Vendors from Australia, New Zealand and Canada
  • Sales to Australia, Switzerland, UK and the US
  • Total auction sales: AUD$1.31 million

Sale conditions and key dates

Lots must comply with additional new criteria identified within the Elite Wagyu Sale Entry Conditions and Regulations.

Live Lots entry are required to have DNA testing at the 50K genomics level and that genetic recessive testing is required (unless lots are able to be proved free by pedigree) and that the animals must be registered with the AWA.

Key sale and entry dates for Spring EWS 2020

Entries open – Friday 26 June 2020
DNA test request close – Friday 17 July 2020

Entries closing – Monday 24 August 2020
September BREEDPLAN – Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Sale catalogue released – Tuesday, 6 October 2020

SALE DAY – Wednesday 4 November 2020, 1pm AEDT

Catalogue Listing

Once the AWA has approved your Lot listing we will contact you with the details we need to complete the Lot information in the EWS Sale Catalogue.

All vendors will receive an email with further instructions along with a link to access the Supplementary Sale Information Form. If you can not locate this email, please contact Deb Andrich for help.

To complete the Supplementary Sale Information Form you will need:

  • A photograph of your lot.
  • A downloaded Health Declaration Form (PDF – 261kb). Be sure to upload a signed copy of this form.
  • Other information, as requested.


To maximise the image of the Lot, it is recommended that the angle of the shot be taken on a low angle, at the same level as the animal. Fill most of the frame with the animal and ensure it is looking forward, head up and ears forward, with the light behind the photographer.
A smartphone or professional photographer can be equally successful with consideration given to the composition. Photos need to be emailed, not sent through by text to retain the resolution of the image.

Sale day information and Selling agent

Conducted online, the Elite Wagyu Sale will be conducted by RuralCo/GDL in association with Elite Livestock Auctions under the ALPA Livestock Auction Terms and Conditions of Sale, and proudly supported by the Australian Wagyu Association.

The Sale is to be conducted on 29 October 2020.

Selling agent

GDL Stud Stock

Harvey Weyman-Jones
Stud Stock Manager
Grant Daniel & Long Pty Ltd

Email: hweymanjones@gdlrural.com.au   |   Phone: 0414 941 788

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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.