WagyuEdge Conference Program

27 - 29 April 2021 | Gold Coast

in-person ~ online ~ on-demand

Program highlights

The Wagyu sector’s annual conference and tour is the largest conference on the beef industry calendar. Organised by the Australian Wagyu Association, it attracts between 400 and 600 attendees annually.  This year with online attendance being made possible, we are expecting to exceed these numbers.

The annual WagyuEdge Conference and Tour is a mecca for the global Wagyu industry.  The AWA now has more than 150 international members. Each year, a large contingent of international Wagyu breeders and supply chain representatives attend the conference, like the Wagyu sector’s leading global event.

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 Australia can attend in person, with those from around the world attending virtually to hear speakers with a high level of expertise in Wagyu production, genetics and marketing.

Note: The 2021 WagyuEdge program is subject to change.

Tuesday 27 April 2021

Registration opens 10.00 am

Sponsored by Vetoquinol/Repro 360

Cover the technical nuts and bolts of Wagyu production and genetics.

AFTERNOON SESSION 1: Progeny Test Program

1 pm to 2.30 pm

1 pm President’s Welcome, Recognition of 25 year AWA Members – AWA President, Charlie Perry

1.15 – 2.00 pm 2021 – 2031 Wagyu Progeny Test Program – AWA CEO, Dr Matt McDonagh and Laura Penrose, AWA Genetics Project Manager

2.00 – 2.30 pm Taking the Wagyu breed into the future with assisted reproduction – Dr Sophia Edwards, Vetoquinol

AFTERNOON SESSION 2: Genetic Improvement Tools
3.15 pm to 5 pm 

3.15  – 3.45 pm Updates on AWA Systems – AWA Technical Services, Caroline Triebe and Emily Rabone

3.45 – 4.15 pm Technical Update – AWA Technical Services manager, Carel Teseling.

4.15 – 4.45 pm Population structure and insights into Australian Wagyu – Professor Rob Banks, Director AGBU

4.45 – 5.15 pm Investigating Net Feed Intake and trait relationships in Wagyu – Dr Kirsty Moore, AGBU

Welcome Dinner
6.30 pm, Royal Pines Resort, Poolside

Wednesday 28 April 2021

Registration opens 8.00 am

Sponsored by Advantage Feeders

Insights from Australian and international speakers and what we can learn and apply to our own production systems.

MORNING SESSION 1: Wagyu Markets and Opportunity
8.30 am to 10.35 am

8.30 – 8.45 am Hall of Fame Recipient to be presented by AWA President, Charlie Perry

8.45 – 9.25 am Market overview for premium beef exports – Managing Director, MLA, Jason Strong.

9.25 – 9.55 am StoneAxe Pastoral Wagyu Program – Managing Director, StoneAxe Pastoral, Scott Richardson

9.55 – 10.35 am Australian Country Choice – Diversification and Wagyu Opportunities, Australian Country Choice CEO, Anthony Lee

MORNING SESSION 2: Applying Wagyu to Australia
11.15 am to 12.30 pm

11.15 – 11.45 am Developing the Longford Herd and Future Directions – Longford Wagyu director, Arthur Dew

11.45 am – 12.05 pm New feeding strategies for optimal Wagyu performance – Advantage Feeders managing director, Gerard Roney

12.05 – 12.35 pm Implementing learnings from Japan – Wagyu Fellowship Recipient, Jeremy Seaton-Cooper

AFTERNOON SESSION 3: Research Updates in Japanese Black
1.35 pm – to 3.05 pm

1.35 – 2.05 pm Changing production systems in Japan – Professor Takafumi Gotoh, Kyosho University

2.05 – 2.35 pm Genetic improvement Japanese Black/overview of Japanese breeding programs – Professor Kenji Oyama

2.35 – 3.05 pm Wagyu genetic recessives – Dr Brendon O’Rourke, NSW Dept of Primary Industries

Elite Wagyu Sale
28 April 2021, 4 pm – 6 pm

Gala Dinner and Wagyu Branded Beef Competition award ceremony
7 pm, Royal Pines Resort, Ballroom

Sponsored by Stone Axe Pastoral

Thursday 29 April 2021

Registration opens 8.00 am

Sponsored by AXIchain

Rebuilding and growing herds, genetic diversity and retail.

MORNING SESSION 1: View from Abroad
8.30 am to 10.30 am

8.30 – 9.10 am LMR- progress in genetic development of US Fullblood Herd – Bob Estrin, and Reid Martin, Lone Mountain Ranch, USA.

9.10 – 9.50 am Starzen Australia – part of the global Starzen Wagyu network – Kosuke Shimazoe, Director & Mr Kosuke Kuroda, Sales Manager, Starzen Australia.

9.50 – 10.30 am Establishing South African Wagyu production and Woodview Wagyu – Brian Angus, South Africa

MORNING SESSION 2: Building or rebuilding a herd
11.15 am to 1 pm

11.15 – 11.35 am Through chain data management and trade solutions for Wagyu, sponsor AXIchain CEO, Linda Woodford

11.35 – 11.55 ACC Wagyu program development and integration – GM Rural Australian Country Choice, Christian Coffey

11.55 am – 12.15 pm AACo’s innovation breeding and genetics – AACo regional manager, Matias Suarez

12.15 – 12.35 pm Optimising Irongate genetic progress – Irongate managing director, Peter Gilmour

12.35 – 1.15 pm Panel session on herd rebuilding – Christian Coffey, Matias Suarez, Peter Gilmour, Arthur Dew and Scott Richardson

2 pm to 5.30 pm

2.00 – 3.00 pm Wagyu cuts – MLA Head Butcher, Doug Piper, Kimio Osawa, Osawa Enterprises

3.00 – 3.30 pm Conference Wrap-up – AWA CEO, Dr Matt McDonagh

3.30 – 5.30 pm  Wagyu Branded Beef Competition tasting.


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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.