AWA Friday Newsletter - August 28, 2020

AWA Friday Newsletter - August 28, 2020 To receive our weekly newsletter in your inbox, contact the AWA office and request to be added to our email list.


Hurricane Laura has hit sections of the Gulf coast and inland creating extensive damage. If you’re like me, you have friends who live in or near areas that were directly affected. Many cattlemen and women are being impacted by natural disasters across the United States.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is a great partner to the American Wagyu Association and other similar organizations. The NCBA offers some excellent information regarding Natural Disaster Relief Efforts. Visit the link below for information on hurricane relief in Texas and Louisiana as well as wildfire relief in California and Colorado.
The AWA is sending out prayers to all those who have been impacted by these natural disasters.

Annual General Membership Meeting and Conference Date re-scheduled for October 29, 2020

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2020 AGM & Conference are now available. Your financial support of the AWA is an important part for the success of the annual conference and the Wagyu producers. Please review the attached flyer and contact the office if you have any questions.


Fall CAR 2020

For those of you who have selected to participate in the CAR program, you should have received your Fall CAR Enrollment invoice. Please review your invoices. If you have any questions or would like to request changes, don’t hesitate to contact the AWA office. We are here to assist you.

Have you been looking for ways to help promote the Wagyu Breed?  Whether you’re interested in something for yourself or a gift for your customers, we have several items to choose from. With each purchase you are helping support your association and proudly support this great Wagyu breed.

Part 9: Hip Height

Hip height converted to frame score is a linear measurement that helps cattle producers evaluate lean-to-fat ratio potential of an individual animal in a performance program. No one frame size will be best for all feed resources, breeding systems, and markets. Large-framed animals tend to be heavier at all weights, leaner, and later maturing. Small-framed animals tend to be lighter, fatter, and earlier maturing. Frame scores can be monitored to maintain body size, fatness level, and maturing rate within the optimum ranges dictated by the resources, breeding system, and market specifications of a herd.

Frame score is a convenient way of describing the skeletal size of cattle. With appropriate height and growth curves, most animals usually maintain the same frame score throughout their life, regardless of when they are evaluated. However, frame scores may change for animals that mature earlier or later than average for their breed. The recommended site for hip height measurement is a point directly over the hooks. For adjusted 205-day hip height the AWA required age range for collecting measurements on calves is 160 to 250 days of age. (BIF)
For more information on hip height and frame scores follow the link the Guidelines of the Beef Improvement Federation.



Share A Favorite Photo

We make lots of memories with family, friends and Wagyu cattle! What activities have you been up to on the farm? Send us a picture and we will choose one a month to feature in an upcoming newsletter! Please include your name and membership number and mail to

North American Livestock Exposition

We received a notice from NAILE this week and they continue to plan on a full and fun NAILE. If you are planning to exhibit Wagyu at the 2020 NAILE, Louisville, KY.  Wagyu cattle are to arrive on Tuesday November 17, 2020, show Wednesday November 18, 2020.  We will be updating you in the coming weeks regarding classes and registration.
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
Upcoming Member Events
October 1st-5th,  2020 - Prime Harvest Online Wagyu Sale - Online Sale

October 3, 2020 – 3rd Annual M6 Wagyu Bull & Female Sale – Alvarado, Texas
October 24, 2020 – Vermont Wagyu Annual Production Sale – Springfield, Vermont

October 29, 2020 - Wagyu Signature Series II - Live Online Sale
November 7, 2020 – Sunshine State Auction – Ocala, Florida
To post an upcoming event or to advertise your event with a live link, please contact the AWA Office.

Helpful Links

Beef Quality Assurance
Beef Improvement Federation

Robert Williams, Ph.D.
Executive Director

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