WagyuEdge 2023

19 - 24 APRIL 2023 | SYDNEY AUSTRALIA

International Wagyu Conference, Tour and Sale event

The Australian Wagyu Association (AWA) is delighted to announce the dates for its flagship, face to face event, the WagyuEdge Conference and Tour (WagyuEdge23).

This five-day event from April 19 – 24 will deliver keynote presentations, panels, Q&A sessions, debates and a tour into regional New South Wales.

WagyuEdge23, hosted by the Australian Wagyu Association, is the leading international forum for the global Wagyu sector presenting a unique opportunity for Australian and international delegates to meet, find new partners, discuss challenges and share research, technologies and best practice. An exciting mixture of industry events will take place in and around Darling Harbour Sydney.

Mark your calendar – WagyuEdge23 gets under way from 19 to 24 April 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.

After the conference, join the buses for an unforgettable two-day regional NSW tour.

The whole event promises to deliver inspirational learning, connection and celebration.


Accommodation

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.

The Accommodation booking link allows you to book your own room directly with the Hyatt Regency receiving the discounted rate of $299.00 for a City room including tax and wifi. Breakfast can be had on consumption basis when you are at the hotel.

A credit card is required at time of booking for guarantee purposes and you can pay on check-out. You may cancel any rooms booked in this link prior to 30 days without charge, but once inside 30 days, full cancellation costs would apply.

This is an early bird rate and is only available unit 30 days prior to the event (20th March 2023), after this time rooms in this link will no longer be available and rates will be based on best available on our website.

PREMIUM, WATERSIDE RETREAT IN SYDNEY, Hyatt Regency

Registration

Three-day conference package

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

An early bird discount applies to registrations received and paid by Monday 13 March 2023, reducing the registration fee to AUD $1,100 for AWA members and AUD$1,350 for non-members.

The conference package includes all conference satchel, 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 – Semi-Formal

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 ‘The Jackson’ 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

19 April 2023
Start your visit to Sydney off summiting the Sydney Harbour Bridge to capture unforgettable views across the city and harbour on a 3-hour experience.

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

AUD $300 per person


Two-day regional NSW tour

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.

Book now

REGISTER AS AN INDIVIDUAL

Register as an individual by using this link. This process can be used for multiple people; however, they are not linked and will be invoiced individually.

GROUP REGISTRATION

If you wish to register and manage a group, please use this option.

This will enable you to manage the group (even if you are not attending) and receive one invoice. You will also be able to log back in at any time to check, change or add registrations for your group.

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.

Disclaimer

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.