The Wagyu sector’s annual conference and tour is the largest conference on the beef industry calendar. Organised by the Australian Wagyu Association, it attracts between 400 and 600 attendees annually.
The annual WagyuEdge Conference and Tour is a mecca for the global Wagyu industry. The AWA now has more than 300 international members. Each year, a large contingent of international Wagyu breeders and supply chain representatives attend the conference, like the Wagyu sector’s leading global event.
The conference is an opportunity to bring together all components of the Wagyu sector in a forum of learning and networking to help our industry to advance Wagyu – the World’s Luxury Beef. The Australian Wagyu sector is the leading producer and exporter of Wagyu to international high-end markets. Delegates from Australia can attend to hear speakers with a high level of expertise covering topics in Wagyu production, genetics and marketing.
Note: The WagyuEdge23 program is subject to change.
10:00am General Registrations and DNA Testing Forms
You’ll get a full walk through of the AWA Registration and DNA testing forms and how to use them.
A chance for you to learn all about your DNA testing options, parentage analysis and DNA results
11:00am Post DNA
Received DNA results? Learn all about what happens next including troubleshooting unexpected parentage results
11:30am Performance Recording and BREEDPLAN
The next level – hear all about carcase data, contemporary groups and BREEDPLAN
Please complete the below RSVP form if you wish to attend any of these sessions. Complete 1 form per person.
Join us for the official opening of WagyuEdge23 from 1:00pm
Registration desk opens 10am
CONFERENCE OPENING: Mr Charlie Perry, AWA President
SESSION 1: Tackling Challenges Head On
1:15pm to 2:45pm
1:15pm Why meat is good for you and the planet
Diana Rodgers – Dietitian, Author, Filmmaker & Executive Director at Global Food Justine Alliance
2:00pm Challenges facing red meat production
Professor Paul Wood AO FTSE – Adjunct Professor, Monash University
2:45pm AFTERNOON TEA sponsored by Inventia Genetic Technologies (IGT)
SESSION 2: Wagyu Sector Technology Development
3:15pm to 4:35pm
3:15pm Wagyu Feeder Check launch
Dr Matt McDonagh – AWA CEO
Toni Reverter – CSIRO
Jason Lilly – Neogen
4:15pm New tools for genetic diversity and data accuracy
Katie Dailey – Genetic Projects Officers, AWA
4:35pm END OF DAY ONE SESSIONS
WAGYU BRANDED BEEF COMPETITION TASTING & AWARDS DINNER
Time 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Venue Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf
Dress code Cocktail
Entertainment Charlie Fittler
The function includes dinner, drinks and entertainment featuring the Wagyu Branded Beef Competition.
Registration desk opens 7.30 am
SESSION 3: Wagyu and Global Market Trends
8.30am to 10.15am
8:30am Global Trends in Agriculture and Luxury Proteins
Liz O’Leary – Executive Director; Head of Agriculture and Natural Assets, Macquarie Asset Management
9:15am Harmony Agriculture Strategy and Direction
Anthony Fellows – CEO, Harmony Agriculture and Food Company Pty Ltd
9:45am JBS Australia
Michael Finucan – General Manager Marketing & Industry Relations, JBS
10:15am Vale Mr Shogo Takeda
10:25am MORNING TEA
SESSION 4: Global Innovation on Farm
11.00am to 12.45pm
11:00am Global Success of HP Wagyu and L0010
Cameron Hewitt – HP Wagyu
11:45am M6 Ranch
Kevin Moore – M6 Ranch
12:15pm New Generation Japanese Farming
Tomotaka Ando – Cosmos Farms, Japan
SESSION 5: Future Drivers and Opportunities
2:00pm to 3:30pm
2:00pm Current trends in Wagyu in Japan
Professor Takafumi Gotoh – Ph.D., Professor, National University Cooperation, HOKKAIDO University
2:30pm F1 Supply Chains – Information to Decision Making
Charlie Hart – Barraba Beef Group & Hart Rural Agencies
3:00pm What it takes to be the largest Wagyu Supply chain in the UK
Tom Richardson – Business Manager, Warrendale Wagyu
3:30pm AFTERNOON TEA
SESSION 6: Challenging the Red Meat Policy Environment
4:00pm to 5:00pm
4:00pm Impacts of Government Policy on Animal Agriculture
Senator Susan McDonald
Senator Susan McDonald, Professor Paul Wood and Diana Rodgers
5:00pm END OF DAY ONE SESSIONS
ELITE WAGYU SALE COCKTAIL DINNER
Time 6:00pm – 11:30pm
Venue Starship Sydney Luxury Cruise Boat
Dress code Cocktail
The function includes dinner, drinks and entertainment featuring the AWA Elite Wagyu Sale.
Registration desk opens 8.30 am
SESSION 7: Benefits of Red Meat Production
9:30am to 11:00am
9:30am The Food Scientist – Nutritional attributes of Red Meat
Dr Anneline Padayachee – The Food Scientist
10:15am Insights into Consumer Perception of Wagyu
Dr Alex Ball – Director, Rural Analytics
11:00am MORNING TEA sponsored by Sandalwood
SESSION 8: Future Industry Directions
11:45am to 1:05pm
11:45am From US Army Ranger to “Ranger Cattle”
Josh Eilers – Ranger Cattle, USA
12:15pm The Next Generation
Lucy Thomson – Marathon Wagyu
12:45pm Calf Survival: Wagyu Fellowship
Lachy Gilmour – Irongate Wagyu & Wagyu Fellowship Recipient
SESSION 9: Gene Editing and Emergency Disease Response
2:00pm to 3:30pm
2:00pm Progress on Gene Editing and Government Policy
Dr Carl Ramage – Managing Director, Rautaki Solutions Pty Ltd
2:45pm Emergency Disease Response – FMD and LSD
Dr Chris Parker – First Assistant Secretary, Animal Division, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
3:30pm CONFERENCE CLOSE
WAGYU INDUSTRY DINNER sponsored by LAWD featuring Mayura Station and Rangers Valley
Time 5:00pm – 11.30pm
Venue Hyatt Regency Ballroom
Dress code Black Tie
The dinner includes a three-course dinner, drinks and entertainment plus the announcement of the 2023 Wagyu Hall of Fame Inductee and the 2023 Charity Auction in support of RFDS and the Wagyu Fellowship.
After the conference, join the buses for an unforgettable regional NSW tour. We will visit three Wagyu operations during the tour: Kuro Kin Wagyu, a leading producer of Fullblood Wagyu and F1 Wagyu. Bald Ridge Wagyu, specialising in fullblood black and red Wagyu and Gooree Park Mudgee, a producer of Wagyu, thoroughbreds and wine.
Buses will depart Sydney Saturday 22 April, returning to Sydney airport by 1pm Monday 24 April. Limited seats are available on the tour bus. Book early to avoid missing out.
The whole event promises to deliver inspirational learning, connection and celebration.
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