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 colourful 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

10 April 2024

Morning: AWA Member session
Afternoon: Conference (half-day session)

Evening: Wagyu Branded Beef Competition Awards evening
6 pm to 11 pm on the Esplanade.  Dress code: Semi-Formal


11 April 2024

Conference Sessions (full day)

Evening:  Elite Wagyu Sale and Cocktail evening
6 pm to 11 pm at Hemingway’s Brewery.  Dress code: Cocktail

12 April 2024

Conference Sessions (full day)

Evening: Wagyu Industry Dinner
5.30 pm to 11 pm at Cairns Convention Centre.  Dress code: Black Tie


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. See you in Cairns!



Full conference package

Member – $1,320
Non-Member – $1,580

The Full conference package includes:

  • Three-days of conference talks and sessions
  • Catering during conference
  • Evening events:
    • Wagyu Branded Beef Competition Awards Dinner (10 April)
    • Elite Wagyu Sale and Cocktail event  (11 April)
    • Wagyu Industry Dinner (12 April)
  • Conference satchel & access to videos of each speakers presentation (video-on-demand)

Early bird discount – a $150 early bird discount applies to registrations received and paid by Friday 1 March 2024, reducing the registration fee to $1,170 for members and $1,430 for non-members.

Day registration

Member – $580 per day
Non-Member – $740 per day

Select the day you would like to attend. Please note, evening events are not included but can be purchased separately.

  • Conference sessions on the selected day
  • Catering on selected day
  • Conference satchel

Evening event tickets

Additional function tickets are available for partners, guests or day registrants.

Wagyu Branded Beef Competition Awards Dinner (10 April)
Member – $265
Non-Member – $315

Elite Wagyu Sale and Cocktail event  (11 April)
Member – $265
Non-Member – $315

Wagyu Industry Dinner (12 April)
Member – $315
Non-Member – $380

Registration will open 16 October 2023 for the WagyuEdge ’24 Conference and evening events.

Session videos

Catch up on all WagyuEdge ’23 sessions

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.


Cairns is renowned as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders. A diverse range of accommodations, from luxury resorts to budget-friendly hotels, all catering to different preferences and budgets within CBD Cairns.

All WagyuEdge ’24 daytime and evening functions are within close walking distance to Cairns CBD. Guests to the WagyuEdge ’24 conference must book their own travel and accommodation. Some accommodation options are listed below. 


Park Regis
City Quays Hotel and Piermonde Apartments. Approx. 400 metres from Carins Convention Centre.

Phone: 07 4042 6500
Email: groupscityquays@parkregishotels.com and quote: AWA24 to receive the following rates.

Park Regis City Quays
Executive Hotel Room – Rate: $309 per night/room only
Executive One Bedroom Apartment – Rate: $359 per night/room only/for 2 persons

Piermonde Apartments
Two Bedroom Apartment – Rate: $509 per night/room only/for 4 persons

Pullman Cairns International
Approx. two blocks from Carins Convention Centre.

Phone: 07 4050 2103
Email: yasmin.hill@accor.com

Room rates start at $288 per night (room only) and is subject to conditions and availability.


Crystalbrook Bailey or Flynn
An easy walk to the Convention Centre

Book direct by contacting cairns.groups@crystalbrookcollection.com and quoting promo code “WAGYU”. Full prepayment required at time of booking and bookings are non-refundable

Crystalbrook Bailey
Rooms from $195.00 per room per night (room only)

Crystalbrook Flynn
Rooms from $225.00 per room per night (room only)

Cancellation Policy

Conference cancellation 

Should you elect to cancel your registration, a full refund less a $200 cancellation fee per registration will be made on any cancellations received by Monday 25 March 2024. No refunds will be issued for any registration cancellations made after March 24 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 circumstances beyond our control prevent 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.

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.