Hallmark Wagyu genetics event


The Australian Wagyu Association (AWA) will facilitate the 2023 Elite Wagyu Sale to support the thriving Wagyu Sector by offering AWA breeders the opportunity to sell their high-performing and unique Wagyu genetics in one place at the one time. The Sale has become the hallmark Wagyu genetics event for the international Wagyu Sector.

Every single lot accepted into the 2023 Sale will be extremely high quality, with animals required to be at the top of the Australian Wagyu Association published Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) for Wagyu traits to qualify.

Buyers now recognise the genetic tools’ contribution to increasing the accuracy of animal performance figures. This was evident during the 2022 Elite Wagyu Sale that eclipsed past records grossing a total of $2.86 million. 300 bidders were present in the Auction room, with a further 100 bidders online. This sale was dynamite and consolidated Wagyu’s position in the global beef industry at the cutting edge of progress. An all breeds Australian record was achieved with the purchase of Lot 1 – Sunnyside S0014 selling for $400,000. The strength of the 2022 sale is a testament to the work that the entire sector has done to strive for continuous genetic improvement.

In 2023 all entries included in the sale will be proven animals, at least one generation back in their pedigrees. The 2023 Elite Wagyu Sale will take place 20 April 2023, with bidding available in-person or online. The number of lots accepted into the catalogue will be limited.

Nominations are open to enter lots into the 2023 Elite Wagyu Sale. Find out more information about nominating your Wagyu genetics and entry requirements.

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.