Wagyu Progeny Test Program


Information to complete a nomination and details on the selection process

Nominations are open now for Project Sires and Contributor Cow Herds to be joined in the 2021 breeding season to produce Cohort 1 Progeny. A checklist of the information you will need to hand in order to complete the nomination form is detailed below. 

The Project is set to commence in October 2021 with 40 sires expected to be joined to 2,000 cows across multiple contributor herds.

Nominations will close on 1 July 2021

Each year nominations will re-open for new sires to join the Project. Contributor Cow Herds are required to produce Cohort 1 and 2 Progeny at a minimum. This is important as it establishes genetic linkage between Progeny across years, providing more reliable results from the genetic analysis. If required, further call outs for Contributor Cow Herds may be made in the future.

Bull (Semen Sire) Owners

Any Australian or international based AWA member can nominate sires for the AWA-PTP, giving all AWA members the opportunity to have their sires proven through the world’s largest independent Fullblood Japanese Black Wagyu Progeny Test Program outside Japan. Bull Owners will receive improved BREEDPLAN EBVs and accuracies for current and new traits.

Entry requirements

Wagyu sires that enter the AWA-PTP must be Herdbook-registered, Fullblood Japanese Black Wagyu sires, nominated by Australian Wagyu Association members who are also Wagyu BREEDPLAN members (including international members).

Fees, terms and conditions

Members can nominate sires under two categories

Project Standard Sire     AUD $7,500 plus GST
260 semen straws to be supplied to the Project

  • 60 straws to be retained and used by the project
  • 200 straws will be offered for public tender as part of 20 semen packages (10 straws from each sire (maximum 20) chosen by the purchaser). Where possible, some export quality semen packages will be available for tender, however, sire selection may be limited.
  • 30 sires will be accepted as Project standard sires each year.

Project Link Sire     AUD $15,000 plus GST
200 semen straws to be supplied to the project

  • 100 straws to be used across two years, creating double the progeny numbers and enabling genetic linkage between years of the project within the analysis.
  • Semen from these sires will not be offered for tender, with residual straws (100) held by AWA for use in future genetic projects as Link Sires.
  • In the first year of the project, a maximum of 10 sires will be accepted as “Link Sires”, with subsequent years calling for five new “Link Sires” to join the existing pool of sires.

Sire entry checklist

To complete the nomination form, you will need:

  1. Your AWA Member ID & contact details
  2. Each animal’s ID number.
  3. Which category you are entering (Standard or Link sire).
  4. If semen has been collected, you’ll need the storage facility name, location and contact details for this facility.
  5. If bull has undergone a Veterinary Bull Breeding Soundness Exam (VBBSE).
  6. If you wish to nominate 5 or more sires, you will need to download a Sire Nomination Template. This form can be completed ahead of time and uploaded with your nomination form.

Please note, fees and terms and conditions differ depending on if you nominate a standard or link sire. Please ensure to indicate the correct sire type for each sire you nominate.

Contributor Cow Herds

Australian-based Herdbook-registered cow herds have the opportunity to be at the forefront of genetic improvement for the Wagyu sector and have access to new leading industry sires and a cow herd with high accuracy BREEDPLAN EBVs for current and new traits.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to nominate as a Contributor Cow Herd, you must:

  • Be able to provide and manage at least 150 Fullblood or Purebred registered, second-calf females (high proportion of Fullbloods preferred).
  • Be willing to commit to a minimum of two breeding years for base females AND be able to manage any additional female Project progeny for two calving cycles (minimum time commitment to the project is six years).
  • Be an Australian Wagyu Association member and Wagyu BREEDPLAN member.

Fees, terms and conditions

There are no entry fees associated with Contributor Cow Herd nominations. Contributor Cow Herds will receive financial support from AWA for genotyping, parent verification and registration as well as various health and artificial breeding products and additional labour costs associated with recording traits.

Contributor cow herd checklist

To complete the nomination form, you will need:

  • Access to the Wagyu Portal
  • Your AWA Member ID & contact details

Before completing the Webform, download your list of females from the Wagyu Portal following these instructions:

  1. Click here to Open and “Sign In” to the Wagyu Portal.
  2. Under the “Animals” dropdown select “Registered Animals”.
  3. Apply relevant filters by clicking on the filter icon next to each header. E.g. Sex, Rego Status, Grade etc.
  4. Click on “Download CSV” in the top right corner of your screen.
  5. Open CSV file on your computer.
  6. Use Excel to apply further filters and remove any animals you DO NOT wish to nominate.
  7. Save file to your PC under a different name e.g. “StudName_AWA-PTP_Noms.csv”.

Selection process

If selected to participate, you will be required to provide AWA with a full animal health history including recent test results for Pestivirus and vaccination history for Leptospirosis and Campylobacter (Vibriosis). All Animals must also have been tested for Genetic Conditions and the results of this testing will be considered in the Selection Process. In addition, animals will need to undergo a veterinarian assessment of structure, temperament, semen morphology (sires) and frame size (cows) before commencing joining.

The AWA Genetic Improvement Committee in consultation with an external quantitative genetics’ advisor, will make recommendations on animals to be accepted into the Project to the AWA-PTP Consultative Committee. The AWA-PTP Consultative Committee will be responsible for the selection of animals.

Please note, preference will be given to animals from members who have high herd completeness of performance recording and data submission to Wagyu BREEDPLAN. All nominated animals must be genomic DNA tested as recognised within Wagyu BREEDPLAN monthly reports

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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.