Wagyu Webinar Series

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The Australian Wagyu Association is pleased to announce a Wagyu Webinar series, to bring the global Wagyu sector the very latest information on improving genetics and managing breeding in Wagyu. 

Held fortnightly, industry experts and the AWA representatives will present webinars on key subjects. Information on additional Wagyu Webinars will be posted once the topics and speakers are confirmed. 

A summary of the next webinars planned in this series is listed below. 

WAGYU WEBINARS SCHEDULE

WEBINAR ONE

The new Wagyu Breeder $Index
The first Wagyu Webinar will be held on Thursday 18 June 2020 at 4 pm, when AWA will announce the new Wagyu Breeder $Index.  The Wagyu Breeder $Index complements the suite of Wagyu profitability indexes now in extensive use by the industry to increase profitability.

The new Wagyu Breeder $Index is the fourth in the suite and is designed to support selection for enhanced pastoral-based Fullblood Wagyu production, focussing on superior maternal performance to deliver improved calf survivability, 200-400 day growth and profitable feeder production outcomes.

The Wagyu Breeder $Index will be positioned along with the SRI, FTI and F1 Indexes so that members can better compare the breeding objectives and applications of each $Index.

When
Thurs 18 June 2020
4:00pm – 5.00pm (AEST)

Where
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Speakers
Mike Buchanan – AWA President
Brad Walmsley – AGBU
Matt McDonagh – AWA CEO

Cost
Free

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WEBINAR TWO

Genetic Diversity Initiatives
The second Wagyu Webinar will focus on work to determine the prefectural linkages between our Japanese Black herd and their Japanese origins. The AWA has been working on a range of initiatives to better understand genetic diversity within the Fullblood Japanese Black population with our research partner, the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU). This work has significantly improved the pedigree linkages to the Japanese Registry and determined Prefectural Values for HerdBook registered Fullblood Japanese Black animals. 

The background to the initiative, objectives and results will be presented by AWA and researchers from AGBU in this Webinar.

When
Thurs 2 July 2020
4:00pm – 5.00pm (AEST)

Where
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Speakers
Mike Buchanan – AWA President
Carel Teseling – AWA
Prof. Rob Banks  – AGBU
Dr Yuandan Zhang – AGBU

Cost
Free

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WEBINAR THREE – 16 July 2020

DATA to EBVs: How EBVs are calculated
Part of the AWA EBV review series

In the third Wagyu Webinar, we will learn how EBVs are generated, starting with your data, right through to the final EBV. This is a must for anyone who has ever queried how an EBV value is derived.

Part of an ongoing series on EBVs, we will discuss how genomics improves EBV calculation, the impact of data quality and a review of the trends in Wagyu performance during the past 10 years.

These topics will be presented by Professor Rob Banks and Drs Yuandan Zhang and Matt Wolcott from the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU).

When
Thurs 16 July 2020
1:00pm – 2.00pm (AEST)

Where
Livestreamed via Zoom. Register in advance for this webinar.

Speakers
Prof. Rob Banks  – AGBU
Dr Yuandan Zhang – AGBU
Dr Matt Wolcott – AGBU

Cost
Free

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