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27th March 2020
The AWA has been implementing systems to support ongoing delivery of normal services for our members. The AWA is complying with all directions from Federal and State Governments. As communicated previously, over the past weeks, we have been trialling remote work…
News > Events
24th March 2020
This year, we have a total of 98 exceptional Lots including: 25 Female lots 26 Bull lots 2 Flush lots 26 Embryo lots 20 Semen lots Interest in the submission of Lots in the Sale was extremely high this year.  The…
News > Events
20th March 2020
In response to the Government-initiated requirements associated with responsible event management in the Coronavirus-19 environment, we regret to advise that the WagyuEdge 2020 Annual Conference and Tour has been cancelled. We thank the large number of delegates who had registered…
News > Breeding
05th March 2020
Neogen Australasia has advised that they will no longer by providing MiP testing services, and will be transitioning to SNP until 31st May 2021. Many of AWA’s breeders are already utilising SNP, but now is the time to upgrade and take…
News > Events
20th February 2020
The new Australian Wagyu Association Board assumed oversight of AWA business and breed strategy last November. The Board has initiated an extensive review of AWA business services, and accelerated existing proposals for the review of key breeding tools, including BREEDPLAN…
News > Markets
23rd January 2020
The Elite Wagyu Sale of 2019 proved beyond doubt – that Elite Wagyu genetics are in high demand and represent the very best of the breed outside Japan. Over the past seven years, the Elite Wagyu Sale has consistently raised…

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.