WagyuEdge Conference

26 - 28 April 2022 | Melbourne, Victoria

Bringing together industry stakeholders from around the world

WagyuEdge Conference

The annual Australian Wagyu Association WagyuEdge Conference builds on the vision to advance the world’s luxury beef – Wagyu. From breeder to consumer, the conference is one of the most anticipated events on the Australian red meat industry calendar, bringing together noted speakers, stakeholders and delegates from around the world.

The conference has many highlights including the presentation of the awards for the Wagyu Branded Beef Competition medallists, the Gala Dinner and the Elite Wagyu Sale.

The WagyuEdge 2022 Annual Conference will be held on the 27 and 28 April 2022. Leading this will be a half-day technical workshop on the 26 April.

Program Highlights

Two and half days of workshops and inspiring speakers

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 across the globe can attend in-person to hear speakers with a high level of expertise in Wagyu production, genetics and marketing.

Half-day workshop

A half-day, to provide those who wish to attend an update from the AWA, covering the latest in Association initiatives. The MSO team will be on deck to sit down with anyone who has any member relation questions.

This day will be concluded by a Welcome Function and the announcement of the 2022 Net Feed Intake award winners.

Conference – day 1

Day one will be the official commencement of the 2022 conference, where we will acknowledge the Hall of Fame Recipient and 25 Year Membership awards.

We will then focus on things on Australian shores, including our position within the global Wagyu sector, animal health and information from some of our Australian Breeders.

The day will be rounded out by the Elite Wagyu Sale, a Charity Auction and a cocktail evening.

Conference – day 2

Day two will focus on the latest in research and development from across the globe.

The Gala Dinner and Wagyu Branded Beef Competition will conclude the conference on the final night.

Corporate Partnerships and Sponsors

Corporate Partnerships and Sponsors are an integral part of the Association and the Conference where affiliated Wagyu businesses can connect with clients, potential new customers and promote their services to a qualified audience. The Australian Wagyu Association deeply appreciates the support given to the event by our sponsors, without which, we could not bring such a high standard Conference.

We encourage you to consider a Corporate Partnership or sponsorship of the WagyuEdge annual conference. Contact Emily for more information

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Conference accommodation

Accommodation for the conference is offered onsite at Pullman & Mercure Albert Park. You will need to make your own bookings.

We advise you to book your accommodation early to avoid missing out.


Conference Registrations

Conference packages

Full registration (2.5-days) or single day packages are available. All prices listed in AU dollars inclusive of GST. Registration bookings will be open in December.


  • Two-day conference pass + half-day workshop
    (26 – 28 April)
  • Conference catering each day (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided)
  • Welcome Dinner ticket
  • Cocktail Function Ticket
  • Gala Dinner ticket
  • conference satchel, event program and information


Day registrations will be accepted for either the 27 or 28 April of the conference. This charge does not include evening functions however these may be purchased at the nominated rates.

  • conference sessions on selected day
  • conference catering on selected day (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided)
  • conference satchel, event program and information

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.