WagyuEdge 2023



The conference brings 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 hear from speakers with a high level of expertise in Wagyu production, genetics and marketing.

WagyuEdge23 Photo Album

View all the incredible moments from WagyuEdge’23 through our full photo album.




By day, hear from world-class Wagyu breeders on their operations, successes and learnings from years of breeding luxury products at the WagyuEdge ’23 Conference, along with industry professionals and academics gathering in stunning Darling Harbour, Sydney, to discuss overcoming future challenges in a global Wagyu industry. You will also hear about the new Wagyu Crossbred tool coming on stream. It will enable F1 producers and buyers to check their cattle for high-quality production and profitability traits.

In the evening, join us for three spectacular industry events starting with the crowning of the 2023 Grand Champion in our Wagyu Branded Beef Competition. Witness the sale of elite animals and genetics from around the globe at the 2023 Elite Wagyu Sale, and finally, culminating in a true celebration of the global Wagyu Sector, join us for a not to be missed Wagyu Industry Dinner, where we will announce our Hall of Fame Inductee for 2023.

Held waterside adjacent to Darling Harbour at Hyatt Regency Sydney, WagyuEdge23 will also feature the Wagyu Branded Beef Awards Dinner held at Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf with outstanding views of the Harbour Bridge, city skyline and Darling Harbour, the Elite Wagyu Sale while cruising the shimmering waters of Sydney Harbour and a not to be missed industry dinner.

A program has now been released and can be viewed at the below link.

WagyuEdge ’23 regional NSW tour

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.


The Hyatt Regency Sydney, with 888 guest rooms, is Sydney’s largest hotel. Newly renovated, the five-star hotel with views over the harbour is close to all major events running during WagyuEdge23. We encourage you to make the most of your conference experience by staying on site at the Hyatt Regency Sydney.

For accommodation bookings at Hyatt Regency Sydney (the conference venue) call the central reservations team on 1300 558 100 or email sydney.regency@hyatt.com.  Please QUOTE one of the following codes in order to receive the best available rate.

10% discount room only  “BQST”

10% discount room with breakfast “BQTB”

*upgrade fees will apply should you request a Harbour View or Suite room.

*discounts are subject to availability


Three-day conference package

AWA Member – AUD $1,250
Non-Member – AUD $1,500

The conference package includes all conference day and evening events, access to session recordings post event and all the following listed events.

Three-day conference access
(Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) inclusive of catering

Wagyu Branded Beef Awards dinner
19 April 2023 from 6.30 pm to 11 pm
Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf
Dress code – Cocktail

Sample the entries from the 2023 Wagyu Branded Beef Competition and hear who will take our the Grand Champion for 2023 with the announcement of award winners.

Elite Wagyu Sale and cocktail cruise
20 April 2023 from 6 pm to 11 pm
Onboard ‘Starship Sydney’ cruise boat, operated by Captain Cook Cruises
Dress code – Cocktail

The pinnacle of global Wagyu sales – this function is all about the Elite Wagyu Sale for 2023

Wagyu Industry dinner 
21 April 2023 from 5.30 pm to 11 pm
Hyatt Regency Ballroom
Dress code – Black tie

The dinner includes a three-course dinner, drinks and entertainment

Conference registration per day

AWA Member – AUD $550 per day
Non-Member – AUD $700 per day

Day registrations will be accepted for any day of the conference. Evening functions are additional and can be purchased at the nominated rates.

Day registration includes a conference satchel for the selected day/s, access to each session programmed for this day plus morning/afternoon tea and lunch.

Evening functions – additional tickets

Wagyu Branded Beef Awards dinner
AWA Member – AUD $250
Non-Member – AUD $300

Elite Wagyu Sale cocktail cruise
AWA Member – AUD $250
Non-Member – AUD $300

Wagyu Industry dinner 
AWA Member – AUD $300
Non-Member – AUD $360

Bridge Climb Sydney

Start your visit to Sydney off summiting the Sydney Harbour Bridge to capture unforgettable views across the city and harbour. Climb durations are between 2.5 – 3.5 hours depending on the climb type selected.

Bookings and available tours can be arrange directly with BridgeClimb Sydney.


Post Conference Regional NSW Wagyu tour
Departing from Hyatt Regency Sydney Saturday 22 April. Returning to Sydney airport by 1pm, Monday 24 April.

Double/Twin (two people in room)
AWA Member – AUD $950 per person
Non-Member – AUD $1,050 per person

Single (one person in room)
AWA Member – AUD $1,050 per person
Non-Member – AUD $1,150 per person

Book early to avoid missing out through the conference registration form.



WagyuEdge23 is now at capacity with 605 delegates set to join us in Sydney.

If you wish to attend and have not registered please contact as at the below emails to see if we can fit you in, we may have had cancellations.

Bradley Hayden

Emily Rabone

Conference cancellation policy

Should you elect to cancel your registration, a full refund less a $150 cancellation fee per registration will be made on any cancellations received by Monday 3 April 2023.

No refunds will be issued for any registration cancellations made after 3 April although substitutions of delegates will be accepted. Should you need to cancel your registration due to border restrictions and/or closures a full refund will be provided.

All cancellations must be made in writing to the conference coordinator.

Event cancellation

If Covid-19 restrictions stop the Conference being conducted as an ‘in person’ event it will be either postponed to a future date or cancelled outright. If it is postponed, you will have the option of transferring your registration to the future date. Should that date not suit you will receive a full refund. If the conference is cancelled outright, you will receive a full refund.


Every effort is made to ensure that the contents of this registration brochure are correct. The organisers retain the right to make changes where necessary. The Australian Wagyu Association and the conference coordinators, Countrywide Conference and Event Management, will not accept liability for any damages of any nature sustained by participants or their accompanying persons or loss or damage to their personal property for the duration of the conference and tour.

Condition of entry

It is a condition of entry that no delegate may disrupt the order of events or intent of the program. Anyone considered to be disturbing the program intent will be asked to leave. Only pamphlets and brochures approved by the event organisers may be distributed.

WagyuEdge 2022

A total of 450 delegates from across the global Wagyu sector joined us in Melbourne (April 2022) to celebrate the success of the sector.

Highlights included 17 world class industry experts speaking on everything from global markets and Australian success stories to cow size and objective carcase measurement. We also witnessed an Australian record smashed during the best ever Elite Wagyu Sale, and the celebration of over 30 luxury Wagyu Brands with the Wagyu Branded Beef Competition Gala Dinner.

Conference on-demand video series

If you were a delegate at the WagyuEdge ’22 Conference in Melbourne, you can access a full catalogue of presenter videos for free. The AWA emailed the details to each delegate on how you can access this video series.

Get in touch with the office if you can not locate the email. If you were not in attendance, you can purchase the videos on our VIMEO site.

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.