AWA Friday Newsletter - February 12, 2021

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VOL 2, NO 7

Winter Management of the Beef Cow Herd
We have seen brutally cold weather across much of the country this week, and the weatherman tells us it’s not over just yet.  Winter weather can be a real challenge for livestock producers with the necessity to keep water and hay available every day. I remember too well chopping ice and maintaining windmills during the winter months growing up on the ranch.

Cattle increase body heat as a response to frigid temperatures and that requires more nutritional intake to meet maintenance requirements.

Here is a useful link from North Dakota State University with information on winter management of the beef cow herd.

AWA Board Appoints Committee Chairs
Committees provide an important role to bring thoughtful input and recommendations to the board of directors.

AWA President Kyle Jurney made the following appointments during a recent board meeting.

AGM & Conference Committee: Jenny Tweedy (Chair), Ryan Bagley
Breed Improvement Committee: Ryan Bagley (Chair), Jenny Tweedy, Pam Armstrong
Finance Committee: Sheila Patinkin (Chair), Clem Kuns, Pam Armstrong
National Junior Wagyu Association Committee: Matt Rainey (Chair), Kyle Jurney
Promotion and Marketing Committee: Philip Bowman (Chair), Ryan Bagley, Pam Armstrong
Rules Committee: Clem Kuns (Chair), Pam Armstrong, John Hall
Strategic Planning Committee: Kyle Jurney (Chair)
Certified Beef Program Committee: Kyle Jurney (Chair), Sheila Patinkin, Clem Kuns

If you would be interested in participating on one of the committees please contact the committee chairperson.

Learn More About EPD
Trait descriptions, how to read the EPD, information on accuracy, percentile rank tables and guidelines for the publication of EPD are all available, simply follow this link.

Percentile Rank
How does my animal rank when compared to the rest of the Wagyu population?

Ranking of an EPD in the breed is another useful tool for Wagyu breeders. The percentile rank tables available for active sires, active dams, and non-parent animals are an often-overlooked resource when making genetic selections.

If an active sire’s Milk EPD is equal to +2 lb., then by locating that EPD in the table for active sires and associating it with the percentile in the first column, the relative ranking to all active sires in the population can be assessed. In this case, the sire’s Milk EPD is in the top 25th percentile.

If you have any question about the published EPD please contact the AWA.

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

Save the Date: 2021 AWA Annual Conference

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

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

Download our advertising fee schedule

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

July 31, 2021 – CAR Fall Enrollment Deadline – Fees Increase Aug.
September 23 - 25, 2021 – Annual General Meeting and Conference, Fort Collins, CO

Upcoming Member Events
February 11-13, 2021 – Sandhills Performance Wagyu/Schardt Cattle Company Online Sale –
March 20, 2021 – Triangle B Ranch's 10th Annual Spring of Opportunites Sale
March 27, 2021 – Bowman Farms Complete Dispersion – Clemson University, North Carolina
April 10, 2021 – M6 "Science is on our side" Dispersion – Alvarado, Texas
April 24, 2021 - The Steaks are High Sale – Tenroc Ranch, Salado, Texas
May 22, 2021 – Bar R Cattle Company Production Sale – Pullman, Washington
June 12, 2021 – Passion For Prime – Salina, Kansas
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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