AWA Friday Newsletter - January 1, 2021

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I’m not sure how we should say goodbye to 2020 and welcome in 2021?  As we continue to be faced with many of the same challenges we were faced with in 2021. But I was reminded of a quote this morning by Nelson Mandela.

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”

Through a challenging year I’ve heard many stories from people who through positive spirit and passion found ways to move forward. As an association in our 30th Anniversary year we experienced record levels of membership growth. Along with other reports I've heard regarding the growth and demand for our great product, I’ve been telling everyone that there are good reasons to be optimistic about the future of the Wagyu breed.

Your board of directors worked hard this pastyear, if you read Pete Eshelman’s President’s report he did a nice job briefing the membership on their efforts, the fruits of those efforts I think will benefit the American Wagyu Association for years to come.

One of their last efforts this year was to address the CAR and Registration Fee Schedules which I believe will be a great benefit to the breed and membership while also addressing the need for performance data through the CAR program.  This is important for all members of the association as new fee schedules for CAR and Registration have been established.  Benefits are some lower cost options for breeders and rules I believe will be easier to understand when deciding between the Standard Herd and Verified Herd options.

Before I get into the changes I first want to discuss why the AWA and nearly every other breed association has moved to an inventory-based system.

This is a paradigm shift in our way of thinking from an older system of registration that really wasn’t addressing the changes in our industry in regard to collection and use of performance data and genetic evaluations.

Historically, beef breed association genetic evaluations relied solely on progeny weaned and/or registered but often failed to collect information from females that failed to reproduce. Furthermore, often was the case performance data was only reported for calves that were registered.

By contrast, inventory-based Complete Animal Reporting (CAR) functions around the premise of the collection and reporting on an annual basis; the production history of every cow in the herd and performance of every calf in the herd raised through weaning.

Why an Inventory Based System

Collecting records on the production of every female allows for the calculation of unbiased reproductive genetic predictions, such as heifer pregnancy and Stayability. Collecting weaning weights on the whole calf crop allows for the calculation of unbiased genetic predictions for growth through weaning, as well as the ability to account for selection for post-weaning traits. The importance of the latter cannot be overstated.

The purpose of CAR is to accumulate reproductive and performance data on all animals in a producer’s herd not to control which animals will be registered, that remains a decision of individual breeders.

Following are the new CAR, Registration, Transfer, and Membership Fee Schedules. There are some cost saving benefits for CAR and Registration with the timely reporting of inventory for Standard Herd members and also when Registering calves at younger ages.

There is a lot of new information here so please do not hesitate to contact the AWA office if you have questions.  We will be getting more information to you and start including a Calendar of Important Dates in this newsletter going forward.

 

Standard Herd Enrollment

An enrollment must be completed on-line through the AWA DigitalBeef program. Enrolled females benefit from registration of natural born calves born during the enrollment year at no additional cost and a lower fee for transfers while enrolled on the Standard Herd program. This is the AWA’s performance program, and EPD will be available for all cattle owned that meet the guidelines for EPD to be published.

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

Spring calving herds (January 1st – June 30th) and fall calving herds (July 1st – December 31st). Breeders will identify those animals that are active in the herd and those to be removed from inventory, add any new animals of breeding age not found on the inventory report (e.g., new purchases), and submit the completed inventory report to be invoiced. These inventories should include all active females in the breeder’s herd for which they will be collecting production data, regardless if they raise a calf or not.
 
Enrollment Procedures
Breeders will login on DigitalBeef and complete their inventory and then submit for invoice to be created. If a breeder does not want to login on DigitalBeef they must request in writing for a paper copy of their inventory to be sent to them to be completed and returned by the breeder to the AWA office. Same timeline applies.

Females 2 years of age January 1st for Spring enrolled herds and 2 years of age July 1st for Fall enrolled herds or will record a breeding or calving record during the year.

Cows that have been inactivated while in a Standard Herd must be reactivated before they can be transferred.

Other Important Rules and Considerations for Standard Herds
Reactivation fees: $40 reactivation fee (one time) to reinstate deactivated females. Plus $30 CAR enrollment fee for the current year and each prior year reactivation is requested.

Transfer of deactivated females: Cows that have been inactivated while in a Standard Herd must be reactivated, fees apply, before they can be transferred.

ET calves are subject to the traditional fee schedule. See Active donor females for more information on ET calves.

Purebred and Fullblood ET calves born to an enrolled recipient dam will be credited the enrollment fee of the recipient dam towards the registration fee of the calf.

Active donor females must be enrolled. Enrolled donor females benefit from registration of a natural born calf born during the enrollment year at no additional cost or an ET calf born during the enrollment year if no natural born calf has been registered that was born during the enrollment year.

New fee schedules and guidelines for EPD publication will be available on the AWA website over the next few weeks.

Verified Herd Enrollment

Use this program if you do not want to pay an enrollment fee on your active females. Traditional registration fees will apply based on the age of the animal to be registered. EPD will not be published on animal’s bred and owned with this program.

New fee schedules and guidelines for EPD publication will be available on the AWA website over the next few weeks.

Fee Schedule Changes

 Standard Herd Enrollment Only
 
1. Spring Herd Enrollment Fee Schedule
  1.1. $27 if enrolled before February 1
  1.2. $33 if enrolled between February 1 and February 28
  1.3. $36 if enrolled between March 1 and March 31
  1.4. $39 if enrolled between April 1 and April 30
  1.5. $42 if enrolled between May 1 and December 31

2. Fall Herd Enrollment Fee Schedule
  2.1. $27 if enrolled before July 1
  2.2. $33 if enrolled between July 1 and July 31
  2.3. $36 if enrolled between August 1 and August 31
  2.4. $39 if enrolled before September 1 and September 30
  2.5. $42 if enrolled between October 1 and December 31

3. Invoices to be paid prior to the last day of the following month or fees
increase by $3 for each month past due.

4. CAR fees for PC/Recorded/Content females remain at $10/head/year. The
late enrollment timeline and fee payment schedule ($3/month) is the same as FB/PB females.

5. Commercial/Recipient Female Enrollment (optional) Fee: $10/head/year.

6. Females 2 years of age January 1st for Spring enrolled herds and 2 years of
age July 1st for Fall enrolled herds or will record a breeding or calving
record during the year.

Registration Fee Schedule
 
Fullblood and Purebred
$55 for cattle registered less than 365 days of age (12 months)
$60 for cattle registered between 366 – 540 days of age (12-18 months)
$65 for cattle registered between 541 – 720 days of age (18 – 24 months)
$70 for cattle 721 days of age and older (24 months and older)


Percentage/Recorded
$10 for cattle less than 365 days of age (12 months)
$12 for cattle over 365 days of age and older
 
Fullblood and Purebred Feeders
No Charge (calves not eligible for registration)
Upgrade: Fullblood and Purebred Registration Fees apply.
 
Content Registered
$20 for all ages
 
Transfer Rules

Standard Herd Transfer Fees
Animal Transfer Fees – all grades (within 60 days of sale)             $10.00
Animal Transfer Fees – all grades (over 60 days of sale)                 $20.00
Verified Herds Transfer Fees
Animal Transfer Fees – all grades (within 60 days of sale)              $15.00
Animal Transfer Fees – all grades (over 60 days of sale)                  $25.00
Non-members Transfer Fees
Transfer fees for non-members are double that set for Standard Herds.
 
Standard Herd deactivated females: $40 reactivation fee (one time) to reinstate deactivated females. Plus $30 CAR enrollment fee for the current year and each prior year reactivation is requested.
 
Transferring from Verified Herd to Standard Herd: $30 CAR enrollment fee for all active females in addition to applicable transfer fees. Any female not transferred will be considered deactivated and will be subject to reactivation fees if she is enrolled at a later date.
 

Membership

Membership: $200
International Membership: $250
 
I have covered a lot of new information here so please do not hesitate to contact the AWA office if you have questions.  We will be getting more information to you and start including a Calendar of Important Dates in this newsletter going forward.

 
 

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