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02nd February 2024
Established in 2017, the Wagyu Fellowship program allows students to undertake research for the advancement of Wagyu to share with the industry, with multiple options for members of the industry who may find themselves in different research/study circumstances. Two new opportunities…
News > Breeding
19th January 2024
The Australian Wagyu Association Progeny Test Program (AWA-PTP) is making huge progress in enhancing Wagyu genetics throughout the industry. The aims of the PTP are: Generate comprehensive progeny test data on approximately 250 emerging Wagyu bulls. Capture data on approximately…
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17th January 2024
The Australian Wagyu Association (AWA) Member Services team unveiled the new DNA and parentage analysis system to members. The webinar presentation covered the Wagyu SNP parentage pipeline, which will soon be automated to massively speed up delivery of results to…
News > Nutrition
16th November 2023
MEQ and the AWA enter strategic partnership, collaborating across objective measurement and leveraging insights to drive new value for members Australian agtech company, MEQ and the Australian Wagyu Association (AWA) today announced an expansive partnership that champions collaborative objective carcase…
News > Breeding
08th November 2023
The Australian Wagyu Association's Wagyu Fellowship and Scholarship program is making significant strides in advancing the Australian Wagyu industry. This program focuses on genetics, nutrition, production, and meat science and has become extremely helpful in research and training initiatives by…
News > Nutrition
31st October 2023
The Australian Wagyu Association (AWA) is excited to announce a new 2-year partnership with farmer-led software provider Ruminati, supporting our members to track and validate their on-farm climate action. The partnership will see AWA onboard members to the newly released Ruminati PRIME…

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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.