AWA Friday Newsletter - April 16, 2021

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VOL 2, NO 16

As membership continues to climb at the American Wagyu Association so does reporting of animals, up 22% over last year through the end of March. Even more encouraging is that the reporting of weaning weights is up 44%!
Reporting of information to the AWA database is essential as we continue to grow the AWA performance database. The AWA is also actively pursuing carcass data and last year put a carcass project in place through an agreement with Neogen allowing for reduced fees on DNA for carcass project cattle. And it’s working! Again, through the end of March 2021 DNA samples have increased 31%, largely due to the AWA carcass project. There are a few thousand cattle in the pipeline we will be collecting carcass data from which to build carcass EPD.
Recent Auctions of Wagyu genetics have been extraordinary! Demand for Wagyu in America is at an all-time high and the enthusiasm has perhaps never been better.

Change of Physical Address at the AWA Office
The city of Post Falls, ID has changed our physical mailing address for 911 purposes.
If you send anything to the AWA via UPS or FedEx please update your records accordingly:
American Wagyu Association
958 S Lochsa St. Suite 120
Post Falls, ID 83854
For all regular US Postal Service Mail please continue to use our regular mailing address:
American Wagyu Association
P.O. Box 1115
Post Falls, ID 83877
This is the best address for US postal service mail.
If you any questions regarding the change of address, please contact the AWA office.

Register Now for the 2021 Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and Convention
MANHATTAN, KAN. – Registration is now open for the 2021 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium and Convention. This year’s event will be hosted in person June 22-25 in Des Moines, Iowa.
The deadline for early registration is May 15. Attendees can save $50 by pre-registering. Registration includes a student and media option, as well as tour only. Online registration is available at
The BIF Symposium features two and a half days of educational programming and a full day of tours. The first general session — “Beef Industry: Where is it going?” — will feature presentations by Michael Uetz, Midan Marketing; Jim Pillen, Pillen Family Farms; and Dr. Dan Thomson, Iowa State University Department of Animal Science chair. During the second general session the theme will be Precision Livestock Technology. Speakers Thursday will include Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, UC Davis; Justin Sexten, Precision Livestock Analytics; Pat Wall, ISU extension specialist; Reiss Bruning, Bruning Farms; and Cody Jorgensen, Jorgensen Land and Livestock. 
The afternoon technical breakout sessions both days will focus on a range of beef-production and genetic-improvement topics. The conference also features a Young Producer Symposium on Tuesday afternoon, designed for networking and to equip young cattle producers with essential knowledge as they grow their role in the business. Tuesday evening attendees will enjoy an opening reception as well as the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) symposium.
For more conference details, including registration information, a complete schedule and hotel information, visit Prior to and during this year’s symposium, be sure to follow the event on social media channels using the hashtag #BIF2021.
Each year the BIF symposium draws a large group of leading seedstock and commercial beef producers, academics and allied industry partners. The attendance list is a “who’s who” of the beef value chain, offering great networking opportunities and conversations about the issues of the day. Program topics focus on how the beef industry can enhance value through genetic improvement across a range of attributes that affect the value chain.

Contemporary Groups
One of the most important aspects of an accurate genetic evaluation is proper contemporary grouping. Environment and management have a large effect on calf performance. When different animals are exposed to variable environments or management practices (feed, pasture, shelter, vaccination, etc.), it is impossible to determine if their differences in performance are due to genetics or environment. Selecting the highest performing animals in this situation is likely to result in selecting animals that had an advantageous environment. Because environment is not inherited, genetic progress is drastically decreased. When every calf is treated as uniformly as possible, the differences between them are more likely to be due to their genetics. In other words, the higher performing animals are more likely to be the genetically superior animals; selecting the genetically superior animal’s results in greater genetic progress. The creation of contemporary groups is the mechanism that allows us to account for management and environmental variation between animals. A contemporary group is a set of same-sex calves that were born within a relatively short window of time and have been managed the same since birth. Each calf in the group has received the same opportunity to express its genetic merit for traits of interest.
Learn More About Expected Progeny Differences
Trait descriptions, how to read EPD, information on accuracy, percentile rank tables and guidelines for the publication of EPD are all available, simply follow this link.

AWA Adjustable Ball Caps Now Available
Whether you’re interested in something for yourself or a gift for your customers, we have several items to choose from including our new adjustable ball caps in three different colors for $20 each! With each purchase you are helping support your association and proudly support this great Wagyu breed.

2021 AWA Annual General Membership Meeting and Conference

Share a Favorite Photo
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Advertise with the AWA
The American Wagyu Association offers many ways members can advertise their genetics and products through AWA services. These include Face Book, Premium Advertising Page, eBlasts, Classifieds, the Annual Breeders Guide and other opportunities. Contact the AWA office for more information or visit

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M6 Complete Dispersal Sale Report
April 10th, 2021
Alvarado, Texas
Auctioneer: Butch Booker
Sale Manager: James Danekas & Associates Inc.
Internet Venue:
69 Open Heifer Calves $11,319.00
28 Cows $13,000.00
33 Bred Heifers $8,600.00
5 Cow/Calf Pairs $12,100.00
1 Bull $17,500.00
The last auction to ever be hosted at the original M6 Ranch headquarters was a magical one. The auction facility has housed M6 Ranch auctions for over 40 years and this one was bittersweet and a way to end the facility’s career on a good note. The bleachers were packed and with 70 online bidders, the very active auction was beyond exciting. All 170 lots sold to 18 different states, Canada and the United Kingdom. Many of the M6 Ranch family were there for this historical event and to help in celebrating the life of the late Jack Moore who founded the ranch and its many successes.
View the Complete Report

AWA Calendar
April 1, 2021 – Annual Membership Renewal – Late Fees Apply
May 1, 2021 – CAR Fall Enrollment Starts

June 30, 2021 – CAR Fall Enrollment Deadline – Fees Increase July 1
September 23 - 25, 2021 – Annual General Meeting and Conference, Fort Collins, CO


Upcoming Member Events
April 24, 2021 - The Steaks are High Sale – Tenroc Ranch, Salado, Texas
May 22, 2021 – Bar R Cattle Company Production Sale – Pullman, Washington
June 4, 2021 – Midwest Wagyu Association Meeting, Salina, KS
June 5, 2021 – Passion For Prime – Salina, Kansas
Oct. 23, 2021 – Vermont Wagyu Production Sale – At the Farm in Springfield, VT

To post an upcoming event or to advertise your event with a live link, please contact the AWA Office.

Helpful Links
Stockmanship & Stewardship
Beef Quality Assurance
Beef Improvement Federation
Ultrasound Technicians
Masters of Beef Advocacy

National Education Center for Agricultural Safety
Beef Cattle Community

Robert Williams, Ph.D.
Executive Director

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