AWA Friday Newsletter - February 19, 2021

AWA Friday Newsletter - February 19, 2021 To receive our weekly newsletter in your inbox, contact the AWA office and request to be added to our email list.

Vol 2, No 8

As temperatures start rising for much of the country hard hit with frigid temperatures it’s not over as the effects of the winter storm continue, broken pipes, flooded homes and fields, lost production of livestock and even loss of valuable livestock. Many people were without water and electricity or rolling blackouts for several days.

NCBA and other groups are working with USDA and Congress to determine which disaster assistance programs will be available. As we wait for further information on assistance programs be sure to keep the most accurate records you can on death loss, property damage, and other financial impacts to your ranch and home.

Email Scam Alert
Some of you may have received a gift card email scam this last week. These are the types of solicitations the AWA will never do. If you receive anything that seems questionable please give the AWA office a call before responding.

Complete Animal Recording Enrollment
For herds enrolled in the Complete Animal Recording Program (Standard Herds) there are two inventory periods, Spring and Fall calving herds.

Spring Herd enrollment is active now. Many producers took advantage of the early enrollment.  I want to remind members that each month the enrollment fee increases and encourage you to complete your enrollment online before fees increase next month. The early enrollment deadline of January 31 has passed. The Spring Herd Enrollment fee schedule and deadlines are below.

•        $27 if enrolled before February 1
•        $33 if enrolled between February 1 and February 28
•        $36 if enrolled between March 1 and March 31
•        $39 if enrolled between April 1 and April 30
•        $42 if enrolled between May 1 and December 31

Invoices to be paid prior to the last day of the following month or fees increase by $3 for each month past due.
Fall Herd Enrollment begins May 1, 2021. If you have any questions or need assistance enrolling your cows please call the AWA office, we will be happy to assist you.

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.

Why some performance information is not used in genetic evaluations.
Genetic evaluations are an analysis of the performance data reported for a population, in this case the population of Wagyu reported to the American Wagyu Association.
Without performance data, corresponding EPD cannot be computed. As many producers are now into their spring calving season it’s important to start the data collection process, birth dates, calving ease, birth weights, dam’s teat and udder scores are all valuable information to collect during the calving season.  Also, proper identification of calves at birth can save time and money later as you prepare to record and register calves.
For more information on collecting and reporting information to be used in the Wagyu National Cattle Evaluation please refer to the Wagyu Performance Guidelines on the AWA website.

2021 AWA Annual General Membership Meeting and Conference

As we begin preparing for this fall’s AGM & Conference in Fort Collins, CO. we learned that Dr. Keith Belk, professor, and head of the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University, was recently granted the American Meat Science Association 2021 International Lectureship Award.
Although the AMSA typically gives the International Lectureship Award to individuals outside the United States, Belk becomes the eighth American – and the second person from Colorado State University – to receive it. Animal Sciences Professor Temple Grandin was the first, honored in 2020.
Dr. Belk is playing a key role as we plan and prepare for the conference this fall. Additionally, several of the faculty members at CSU will be giving presentations, including Dr. Belk and Dr. Temple Grandin.


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.

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

Photo Submitted by AWA Member #2786 Statkar Farms

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
March 20, 2021 – Triangle B Ranch's 10th Annual Spring of Opportunites Sale
March 27, 2021 – Bowman Farms Complete Dispersion – At the Farm in Roaring River, NC
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

October 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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