WagyuEdge 2021 conference rego is open

After putting the conference planning on ice for 2020, we have received Commonwealth Government support for the 2021 WagyuEdge Conference, to be held at RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast.

The Conference will be held 27-29 April, with an impressive program and speaker line-up similar to that planned for 2020.  Sessions will cover Herd Rebuilding, research and production trends in Japan and other international speakers, along with technical information and representatives from some of Australia’s most progressive Wagyu organisations.

Early Bird rates are now open for delegate registration, and close 30 March. We encourage you to get in on these low rates and secure yourself a spot and to secure a room at the event venue – RACV Royal Pines Resort – home to the Australian PGA Championship.

Given the timing of the 2021 WagyuEdge Conference – the week prior to Beef2021 in Rockhampton, we will be holding a 3-day tour departing Friday 30 April from the Gold Coast to finish in Rockhampton for Beef 2021 (2 – 7 May).

The tour will include hallmark properties through southern and central Queensland stopping in at Roma, Dalby and Emerald.

We will arrive in Rockhampton early on Monday the 3rd of May so that folks can get organised to visit Beef2021.  All the details and updates will be on the conference webpage

AWA will again have a stand at Beef2021 in the Durack Pavilion and we look forward to seeing you there.

Partner with Us and Save 50%

We are pleased to advise that the Association has been successful in being listed on the Schedule of Approved Businesses for Business Events Grants. For eligible sponsors and exhibitors, it covers up to 50% of your expenses to be a part of the Conference.

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.

If you are interested in sponsoring the AWA or the Conference and Tour, the Prospectus is available for download and sponsorship places are filling up fast.

Grants to individual AWA sponsors and corporate partners range from $10,000 to $250,000, and close 30 March 2021. More information is here: Austrade Grants

If you are thinking of sponsoring, please be in touch to discuss how we can work together.  The AWA team can assist you with getting information and understanding how to apply for the grant.

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.