AWA Conference & Tour 2021

WagyuEdge | 27 April - 3 May 2021 | Gold Coast

in-person ~ online ~ on-demand

WagyuEdge Conference - Building Integrity

The Australian Wagyu Association WagyuEdge annual 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 Charity Auction.

Come and join us — in-person or online for our first hybrid Conference!

The WagyuEdge 2021 annual Conference will be held 27 – 29 April 2021 on the Gold Coast, Queensland. A 3-Day Tour will follow starting from the Gold Coast on 30 April, and finishing in Rockhampton on 3 May, in time for Beef 2021.

Book your accommodation before 30 March, to go into the draw for a $500 RACV voucher to use during your stay!


Program Highlights

Three days of workshops and speakers

Retaining the popular 3-day format of the outstanding Adelaide 2019 event, the Conference will incorporate Workshops and speakers, covering detailed aspects related to the breeding and production of Wagyu.

Industry speakers will give insight into the greater Wagyu industry through to retail.

For those with travel restrictions, we will be offering the opportunity to be a virtual delegate, where you can watch presentations live, and participate in question time (via a moderator).

Day 1: Technical nuts and bolts of Wagyu production and genetics.

Day 2: Insights from Australian and international speakers and what we can learn and apply to our own production systems. The afternoon will see the Elite Wagyu Sale live and online.

Day 3: Rebuilding and growing herds, genetic diversity and retail

Gala Dinner and Wagyu Branded Beef Awards

To celebrate our Wagyu Branded Beef Competition winners, the presentation of awards will take place at the Gala Dinner.

Highlights from 2019 Conference

Catch up on the highlights from the Wagyu Edge : Building Integrity – 2019 Wagyu Conference

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.


Business Events Grants

The Association has been successful in listing on the Schedule of Approved Businesses for Business Events Grants. For our sponsors and exhibitors, it covers up to 50% of your expenses to be a part of the Conference.

Conference Registrations

Conference packages

Full registration (3-days), single day or virtual (online) packages are available. All prices listed in AU dollars inclusive of GST. To register as an AWA Member, you will need to enter your AWA Member ID when registering.


  • three-day conference pass
    (27 – 29 April)
  • conference catering each day (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided)
  • Welcome Dinner ticket (27 April)
  • Gala Dinner ticket (28 April)
  • conference satchel, event program and information

Member registration   $880
Non-member registration   $990


Day registrations will be accepted for either the 27, 28 or 29 April of the conference. This charge does not include evening functions however these may be purchased at the nominated rates.

  • conference sessions on selected day
  • conference catering on selected day (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided)
  • conference satchel, event program and information

Member registration   $400/day
Non-member registration   $475/day 


Includes real-time access to all three days of the conference. Virtual Attendees can ask questions of speakers (via the moderator) as well as access on demand, recordings of all the conference sessions after the conference has concluded.

Registration   $400

Registration discounts

Book early and save $110 on a full registration package by taking advantage of our WagyuEdge Early Bird Discount.

For a limited time only – discount available to delegates who register and pay for a full conference package by 30 March 2021.

Member registration (with early bird discount)   $770
Non-member registration (with early bird discount)   $890


Register three or more delegates from the same organisation to receive a $110 discount per delegate. Group registration discount (applies to all AWA members of the group).

Member registration (with group discount)   $770

Please note: the group rate applies right up until the conference and does not increase after early bird close.

Additional Function Tickets

For partners, guests or day registrants.


Tuesday 27 April 2021, 6.30 pm to 10 pm
Royal Pines Resort, Poolside

Dress is smart casual

Ticket includes dinner and drinks (is considered to be a casual stand up dinner). 

One Welcome Dinner ticket is included in the full conference registration package. Additional tickets may be purchased for accompanying guests.

Members – $120/person
Non-members – $170/person


Wednesday 28 April 2021, 7.30 pm to 11.30 pm
Royal Pines Resort, Ballroom

Dress is semi-formal

Ticket includes a three-course dinner, drinks and entertainment.

One Conference Gala Dinner ticket is included in the full conference registration package. Additional tickets may be purchased for accompanying guests.

Members – $165/person
Non-members – $220/person

Conference accommodation

Accommodation for the conference is offered onsite at Royal Pines Resort. You will need to make your own bookings. We advise you to book your accommodation early to avoid missing out – Book a room.

If you need assistance, please contact Naoko (Coco) Tashiro on +61 75597 8700 or via email 

Mountain View Room & Superior room (twin)   $266/night
Mountain View room & Superior room (single)  $238/night
Spa Suite (twin)                                                           $366/night
Spa Suite (single)                                                        $338/night

Tour highlights

The Tour price includes coach transport, meals each day, accommodation and dinner and drinks each night. It is only open to registered conference delegates and their partners.

Friday 30th April : Depart Gold Coast

Stop 1: Shamrock Vale Station and Goshu Wagyu:  Shamrock Vale station is located at Beaudesert and is home of the famous Tajima bred Goshu Wagyu herd.  The Fullblood herd has been relocated from Victoria and acclimated to Southern Queensland to supply high marbling bulls for feeder production.

Stop 2: Stockyard Kerwee Feedlot Jondaryan:  Kerwee Feedlot is home to the AWA Net Feed Intake Program which has now processed its 7th Cohort of Wagyu feeders.  Kerwee is home to one of the longest established high-quality Wagyu Feeder production programs in Australia, with the Stockyard Brand synonymous with export Wagyu.

Overnight at Dalby

Saturday 1st May

Stop 3: Hamilton Park Wagyu at Wollumbilla North:  Hamilton Park Wagyu is a large feeder production operation based on 2,500 breeding females (Fullblood and Purebred) and capacity to feed 2,000 head onsite, enabling drought-proof production feeding for optimal gains prior to feedlot entry.

Stop 4:  Australian Country Choice Brindley Park at Roma:  Brindley Park is a keystone property in the ACC Wagyu operation, home to the renown Shadai Farm and Hawksbury Wagyu Herds.  ACC have rapidly accelerated their breeding programs at Brindley Park as part of their premium quality product strategy.

Overnight at Roma

Sunday 2nd May

Stop 5: The 2021 WagyuEdge Tour will include a visit to the AACo property – Glentana Station on Sunday 2nd May.  Glentana is central to the expansive AACo Polled Wagyu program, which has achieved considerable scale over the last few years.  Members can see how AACo has amplified its Westholme genetics through a unique Polled breeding program.

Overnight Emerald

Monday 3rd May

Stop 6: Breakfast at Codenwarra/Marathon Wagyu Emerald:  Twenty-two years ago John and Robin McCosker, under the guidance of Simon Coates, established the Codenwarra Fullblood Wagyu herd through embryo transfer and AI programs. Presently, the Codenwarra and Marathon herds have in-excess of 1000 registered Fullblood Wagyu cattle with a focus on well-balanced high growth and good carcass quality cattle.

Arrive Rockhampton 1pm.



Member (2pp) – double/twin accommodation            $700
Non-member (2pp) – double/twin accommodation   $800

Member (1pp) – single accommodation                        $850
Non-member (1pp) – single accommodation               $950

Delegates are required to organise their own travel from Rockhampton to their final destination.

Event information, user account and event login

To register for this event, please select the ‘Create a new user account‘. This login is unique to the 2021 Wagyu Edge Conference  – the password you select can be the same as your AWA password but please note, if you have not registered for this event as yet, you must first create a new account to proceed with your booking.

You can manage your registration, update your details or check your booking at any time by logging in with your email and new password.

To enable the Member discounted registration rate, you will need to enter your AWA Member ID at the time of completing the registration form.

Important event information

Every effort is made to ensure that the details are correct at the time of your registration. 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.


Cancellation Policy

A full refund, less a $150 cancellation fee per registration, will be made on any cancellations received by 30 March 2021. No refunds will be issued for any registration cancellations made after March 30, 2021 although substitutions of delegates will be accepted. All cancellations must be made in writing to the conference coordinator.

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.


The Australian Wagyu Association is working with Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast to provide confidence and to ensure a safe environment for visiting delegates, speakers and staff.

We have a comprehensive COVID Safe Plan in place which has been approved by the Queensland Government. We will continue to actively monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 and follow the latest advice and guidelines provided by state and federal agencies.

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.