For Members

Supporting, promoting and advancing Wagyu production is at the core of the Australian Wagyu Association

The Australian Wagyu Association has a global membership, providing world-leading DNA testing, animal registration and genomic evaluation services for members across more than 20 countries, providing the tools and information to improve breeding and management of Wagyu production.

Our objectives are to Support, Promote and Advance Wagyu production through:

Support: the way we serve AWA members

Promote: our commitment to industry through stimulating adoption and sharing of knowledge with AWA members

Advance: we seek to continuously build on the unique and valuable attributes of Wagyu, preserving and leveraging the benefits of Wagyu with the broader industry.

The benefits of AWA membership

Membership with the Australian Wagyu Association allows members to access tools to assist them to maximise the outcomes of their Wagyu business through accelerated genetic improvement, production system management and access to the beef supply chain.

Membership also provides discount rates to Association events such as the WagyuEdge annual conference and AGM, as well as advertising through our media channels of website, print and social media.

Breeding Fullblood, Crossbred and Commercial Wagyu

There are two Wagyu breeds outside of Japan – Japanese Black and Red Wagyu (or Japanese Brown). In Japan, the Red Wagyu is known as Akaushi.

The three major prefectural sub-populations within the Japanese Black represented in the Australian population are Tajiri or Tajima (Hyogo prefecture), Fujiyoshi (Shimane) and Kedaka (Tottori).  Principally used as agricultural work animals, the prefecture herds evolved distinctively in regional geographic isolation in Japan.   The Hyogo prefecture herd has remained segregated into the current era.   A dominant sire line in Japanese Black breeding since the 1960s descended from Dai 7 Itozakura, becoming known as the Itozakura line

Red Wagyu  (Akaushi) consist of Kochi and Kumamoto, which have been strongly influenced by Korean and European breeds, particularly Simmental.

Three different categories of animals are registered with the AWA:

Fullblood:  Parentage can be proven by DNA testing to be 100% linked to founder animals exported from Japan.

Crossbred: An animal produced through cross a Wagyu sire over a female from another cattle breed (F1).  Crossbred animals may be F1 (50%), F2 (75%), F3 (87.5%) or F4 (93.75%) through crossing female progeny back to Wagyu Fullblood sires.

Purebred: An F4 or higher whose sire is Fullblood and whose dam is F3 or higher.

The production systems and supply chain for Wagyu can be categorised into:

  • Breeding – for the purpose of producing sought-after seedstock and commercial production genetics
  • Backgrounding – to feedlot entry weight at 200-340kg
  • Lotfeeding – typically 350+ days for Crossbred and up to 600 days for Fullblood
  • Carcase Sales
  • Beef Sales – sold as frozen or chilled carton, principally to overseas markets
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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.