Become a Member

Membership with the Australian Wagyu Association gives access to the latest news, technology, innovation and industry supply chain resources.

Membership with the Australian Wagyu Association allows members to focus on maximising the outcomes of their Wagyu business through access to the latest genetic improvement data, animal registration and pedigree information, production system innovations and improved access to the Wagyu supply chain.

Membership also provides discount rates to key industry events such as the annual conference, technical workshops and materials and AGM, as well as advertising through our media channels of website, print and social media.

The AWA has led SNP DNA testing, having rapidly advanced a world-wide SNP database for parentage verification, including more than 60,000 genomic DNA profiles to underpin genetic analysis for production traits including live animal and carcase performance.

AWA membership

Full member

Full Membership suits those in the Wagyu industry who are focused on Fullblood, Crossbred and Purebred, cattle breeding and commercial beef production.

Fullblood, Crossbred and Purebred cattle can be registered with the AWA.  The AWA provides DNA testing, pedigree, registration and genomic analysis services to support members across 20 countries.

Sales for livestock, semen and embryos can be supported by the AWA through our online and physical sales platforms

Associate member

Associate membership is designed to attract those interested in the  Wagyu industry from all sectors of the value chain but who do not breed Wagyu cattle.

Marketing opportunities, information and education are provided for the Wagyu industry to enhance their businesses.

International member

Overseas Members are welcome to take membership in the Australian Wagyu Association. To take advantage of DNA testing, pedigree, registration and genomic analysis services, Full Membership is required.
If your animals are registered with another Wagyu Association, they can also be registered with the Australian Wagyu Association — whether they reside (or you) outside of Australia or not. Sales for livestock, semen and embryos can be advertised with the AWA.

Export and import of livestock and genetics: If the animals are registered with the Australian Wagyu Association, we can assist with documentation such as the five-generation pedigree information often required by other countries.

Genetics and DNA analysis

DNA Parent Verification and testing for genetic conditions can be completed through the AWA with a number of affiliated Association laboratories through submission of tissue samples.

Animal registration and transfer

Fullblood, Purebred and Crossbred Wagyu breeding and commercial slaughter animals may be registered and their performance data recorded for genetic analysis through Wagyu BREEDPLAN.

Animal registration and performance recording are important to confirm the pedigrees of animals, to assist with genetic selection and future mating decisions, as well as confirming Wagyu breed claims. The addition of performance data for both breeders and their slaughter progeny enable accurate prediction of selection indexes through Wagyu BREEDPLAN.

Commercial slaughter animals benefit from registration through the confirmation of Wagyu breeding for brand verification and live export.

Recording Wagyu and Wagyu cross cattle and their performance data in the Registers and databases maintained by the Association provides:

  • International recognition and certification pedigree for domestic and export marketing of Herdbook registered livestock, semen and embryos.
  • Wagyu Commercial registration for slaughter steers and females
  • Export certification of live animals through ILRIC/ACGEA
  • Export certification of semen and embryos

How does the registration process work?

Full membership is required prior to registration and submission of performance records for genetic evaluation. Sire and dam verification using DNA parent verification testing is require prior to registration. Registration is a two-stage process: DNA testing to determine parentage and Cattle Registration based on parentage.

To register a calf, a DNA sample is taken and sent to a testing laboratory to identify the sire and dam, whereupon it can be registered with the AWA with parent verification. Genetic condition testing can also be completed for recessive disorders. Registration certificates can be provided. We encourage breeders to collect weight and trait data for all calves and mature cows for submission to Wagyu BREEDPLAN to improve the accuracy of the EBVs

DNA testing using genomic 50,000 SNP information enables parent verification and parent discovery. Where parents cannot be identified, a genomic Crossbred Wagyu Test provides information on the Wagyu content to be enable registration as a Crossbred.

The DNA Test Request Form is used to initiate testing and is updated regularly, check you have the current one each time you request a DNA test.

Animal transfers

Once an animal is sold, notify AWA by completing a Transfer form or updating the animal’s registration certificate. Complete transfer details on the back of the animal’s registration certificate and then post the certificate to the AWA at:

Australian Wagyu Association

Suite 6, 146 Marsh Street
Armidale, NSW 2350 Australia

Updates on the latest AWA systems

Learn more about DNA testing process, handling of results, TSUs vs hair samples and failed samples / low call rates. Genomic SNP vs Parentage SNP, parent discovery vs parent verification, registrations and animal transfers.

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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.