AWA Friday Newsletter - January 22, 2021

AWA Friday Newsletter - January 22, 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 4
CAR Enrollments Due before February 1
Your CAR Enrollments for Spring Herds must be completed and saved online through DigitalBeef before February 1st to take advantage of SAVINGS. On February 1 CAR fees increase from $27 to $33 per active female. To learn more about the CAR Program, please click here.

Or if you have questions or need assistance enrolling your females please contact the AWA office.  We are here to assist.

The first genetic evaluation for the American Wagyu Association has been completed and Expected Progeny Differences (EPD) are now available.

Published EPD traits include Birth Weight, Weaning Weight, Yearling Weight, and Maternal Milk are available on DigitalBeef.

This is an important first step in the process of a wider range of EPD for the Wagyu breed. As we continue to work with breeders on our carcass project in addition to breeders reporting data on other traits such as calving ease, disposition, fertility, etc. we can further advance the number of traits EPD can be computed for.

I’ve already had several members contact me asking how to submit carcass data to the AWA.  Many members are harvesting Wagyu cattle and have carcass data that could be useful to the AWA to move forward to compute carcass 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.

For more information on collecting and reporting performance information to the AWA please refer to the Wagyu Performance Guidelines on the AWA website or call the AWA office.

Additionally, if you have any question about the published EPD please contact the AWA.

Membership Renewal
It’s time to renew your annual membership. Please login to your DigitalBeef account and click the “Renew” button to renew your membership for 2021.  Please renew before April 1, 2021 before late fees apply.
The American Wagyu Association experienced record membership growth last year. With your help we can set a new record in 2021!

NBCA Beef Advocacy

Congratulations to our own Martha Patterson for joining over 15,000 members of the beef community in completing this advocacy program! The Masters of Beef Advocacy (MBA) course consists of five lessons in beef advocacy addressing environmental sustainability, beef nutrition, animal welfare and beef safety while taking advocates through the beef lifecycle, from pasture to plate.

Martha has been with the AWA for 9½ years. She has held almost every position at the Association and is now our Office Manager and Herdbook Administrator.  In addition to this certificate of completion, she has a Bachelor’s Degree Liberal Studies with a concentration in Math & Science, from San Diego State University.

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

January 1, 2021 – Annual Membership Renewal
January 1, 2021 – CAR Spring Enrollment Starts
January 31, 2021 – CAR Spring Enrollment Deadline – Fees Increase Feb.1
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

January 21-25, 2021 – The New Year's Collection 2021 –
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

Robert Williams, Ph.D.
Executive Director

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