Conference and tour

26 April - 1 May 2022 | Melbourne

Session recordings now available

2022 WagyuEdge Conference Video Series

All conference session recordings are now available for viewing.

If you were a delegate at the 2022 WagyuEdge Conference in Melbourne, you can access these for free and details have been emailed to you.
If you were not in attendance, you can purchase the videos on the VIMEO site.

CLICK HERE to access all videos.

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 at the Pullman Albert Park. 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.

WORKSHOP (half-day)

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 with a Wagyu Edge Welcome Dinner that includes the announcement of the 2022 Net Feed Intake award winners and a Charity Auction.

CONFERENCE  (Day One)

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 and a cocktail evening.

CONFERENCE  (Day Two)

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

The Gala Dinner and Wagyu Branded Beef Competition (WBBC) Awards Ceremony will conclude the conference on the final night.

THREE DAY, POST-CONFERENCE WAGYU & WINE TOUR (29 April – 1 May)

Winding our way through the ranges of North Eastern Victoria, the post-conference tour will visit three impressive farms –  The Falls Pastoral and Stone Axe’s, Cobungra Station and Yulong Investments and nearby wineries including Mitchelton Wines and Baileys of Glenrowan.

Leaving early morning (Friday, 29 April) from The Pullman Melbourne, Albert Park, the tour will conclude approx. 5 pm at Tullamarine Airport Melbourne on Sunday 1 May.

Conference Registrations

Conference and tour packages

Full conference and tour registration packages (5.5-days) or day passes are now available. All prices are listed in AU dollars inclusive of GST.

Post-conference tour tickets are selling out fast. Book early to avoid missing out.

FULL CONFERENCE PACKAGE

AWA member registration   $940
Non-member registration    $1140

(Includes full conference package as detailed below)

The full workshop/conference package includes:

  • 2.5 days entry into workshop and conference sessions (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
  • Catering during conference sessions
  • Welcome Function Dinner and Charity Auction  Tuesday 26 April
  • Cocktail Function + Elite Wagyu Sale Wednesday 27 April
  • Gala Dinner  Thursday 28 April
  • Conference satchel and contents
  • Access to stream all session recordings after the event

DAY PASS REGISTRATION 

AWA member registration   $440 per day
Non-member registration   $550 per day

Day registrations will be accepted for either Wednesday or Thursday of the conference. This charge does not include evening functions however these may be purchased at the nominated rates. Day registration includes:

  • Conference sessions on the selected day
  • Catering on selected day (M/T, lunch & A/T)
  • Conference satchel and contents


CONFERENCE EVENING FUNCTIONS

WagyuEdge Welcome Dinner and Charity Auction
Tuesday 26 April 2022

Time    6.30pm – 10pm
Venue   The Park, Albert Park
Dress code    Smart casual

The function includes drinks and a buffet BBQ dinner featuring some of the best Wagyu in the country! (is considered to be a casual stand up dinner) and Charity Auction.

Elite Sale and Dinner
Wednesday 27 April 2022

Time    6pm – 10pm
Venue    Pullman on the Park (Grand Foyer)
Dress code  Semi-formal/cocktail

The function includes dinner, drinks and entertainment featuring the AWA Elite Wagyu Sale.

Gala Dinner and WBBC Awards Ceremony
Thursday 28 April 2022

Time    7.30pm – 11.30pm
Venue    The Pullman Albert Park (Ballroom)
Dress code    Formal

The dinner includes a three-course dinner, drinks and entertainment plus the announcement of the 2022 Wagyu Branded Beef Awards


ADDITIONAL TICKETS – CONFERENCE FUNCTIONS

Additional function tickets for partners, guests OR day registrants

One ticket to each function is included with the Full Conference registration package. Additional tickets may be purchased at the below rates for accompanying guests or day registrants.

WagyuEdge Welcome Dinner and Charity Auction
AWA members – $120
non-members – $170
Elite Sale and Dinner
AWA members – $120
non-members – $170
Gala Dinner and WBBC Awards ceremony
AWA members – $165
non-members – $220

THREE DAY WAGYU & WINE TOUR 

Our three day tour commences Friday 29 April from the Pullman Melbourne – Albert Park.

The tour price includes coach transport, meals each day, accommodation and dinner. It is only open to registered Wagyu Edge 2022 conference delegates and their partners.

Single room (AWA member)   $1,050
Single room (non-member)  $1,150

Double/Twin room (AWA member)   $950
Double/Twin room (non-member)  $1,050

The tour will conclude at Tullamarine Airport Melbourne on Sunday 1 May at approx. 5 pm. Delegates are required to organise their own onward travel.

Accomodation Photo

Conference accommodation

You are required to book your own travel and accommodation for the conference.

We encourage you to make the most of your conference experience by staying on-site at the Pullman Albert Park (the conference venue) which features 2 hotel styles with the Pullman and Mercure hotels both under the same roof.  The AWA has negotiated the following nightly rates for the conference dates as well as three nights on either side in case you want to extend your stay.

Rates include GST and are subject to availability.

PULLMAN HOTEL
$205.00    per room per night with 1 x cooked breakfast
$180.00    room only per night (does not include breakfast)

MERCURE HOTEL
$155.00     per room per night with 1 x cooked breakfast
$130.00    room only per night (does not include breakfast)

Rooms rates include up to two people in a room. One buffet breakfast at the Windows restaurant is included in the above accommodation rates. Should breakfast be added/booked on the day it is at a rate of $25 per person.

Accommodation bookings can also be made directly via phone or email

Ph: +61 03 9529 4300 (Select reservations at the prompt)
Email: H8788@ACCOR.COM

Please remember to quote The Australian Wagyu Association at the time of booking.

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.

Download the 2022-2023 Partnership Prospectus from the link here. Contact Emily for more information

Policy and Regulations

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 4 April 2022. No refunds will be issued for any registration cancellations made after April 4 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.

General Conference Enquiries

Bradley Hayden
AWA Events Manager

Phone 0412 461 392
Email bradley@wagyu.org.au

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.