WagyuEdge 2024



A tropical destination for WagyuEdge’24 – CAIRNS


Join us for an unforgettable experience at the annual International WagyuEdge Conference, hosted by the Australian Wagyu Association in the ‘gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef’ from the 10th to the 12th of April, 2024.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve chosen the stunning tropical destination of Cairns, QLD, as the backdrop for next year’s conference. Prepare to be captivated by the natural wonders and incredible charm this area has to offer! Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Cairns, with its lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and vibrant coral reefs. Explore the Great Barrier Reef, a true wonder of the world, and dive into a colorful marine paradise.

During the conference, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with industry experts, listen to captivating speakers, and exchange knowledge with Wagyu enthusiasts from around the globe. Prepare for a diverse range of headline events that will continue to advance the Global Wagyu Industry!

What to expect:

Wednesday, 10th April 2024

Morning: AWA Member Session

Afternoon: Half Day Session

Evening: Wagyu Branded Beef Competition BBQ and Awards Evening

Thursday, 11th April 2024

Morning: Full Day Session

Afternoon: Full Day Session

Evening:  Elite Wagyu Sale Cocktail Evening

Friday, 12th April 2024

Morning: Full Day Session

Afternoon: Full Day Session

Evening: Industry Dinner Black Tie Event

Throughout the conference, you can expect to meet industry professionals, researchers, Wagyu breeders, producers, and other enthusiasts. The event provides an excellent platform to learn from experts, gain insights into the Wagyu beef sector, explore new business opportunities, and foster connections within the Wagyu community.

Whether you’re a breeder, producer, or simply a Wagyu lover, this event is not to be missed so mark your calendars and get ready for an extraordinary experience in Cairns! Stay tuned for more updates and registration details. See you there!


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.

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.