AWA Friday Newsletter - January 29, 2021

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VOL 2, NO 5

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.

Tips from the Staff - Enrolling CAR Females
Lauren Merry, Registrar and Member Services here at the AWA has some tips when enrolling CAR females.

If you do not see a particular female listed under the Enrollment Selections tab, it may be due to one of the following:

•        Female may be unregistered. Registration for the animal would need to be finalized in order for her to meet CAR eligibility requirements before enrolling.

•        A registered female may be under 2 years of age by the start of the enrollment season. The breeding record will need to be input first if she was bred prior to this age. Once added, she should display in the animal list under the Enrollment Selections tab.

•        Registered females may have been enrolled in a prior season (Fall of previous year for example and may not show in list for Spring enrollment of following year).
How to add a breeding record:

•        Bring up your active herd list on the main General Profile Information page.

•        Select the gray ‘View’ button to the right of a female that you are needing to enter a breeding record. This will bring up her Animal Detail Screen.

•        Select the Breeding tab towards the middle of the Animal Detail Screen.

•        If the female was bred by A.I., enter registration number of AI bull, and date of AI in the table on the left. Click ‘Add’ to record.

•        If the female was pasture exposed, enter registration number of bull, and pasture exposure start date, and end date (if applicable) in the table on the right. Click ‘Add’ to record.

•        If utilizing Semen or Embryo Inventory features under Herd Mgmt: Breeding, select ‘Record Use’ for straw used or embryo transferred. Enter registration number of the female bred by AI or used as recipient dam.
Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Reporting Weaning Weights
With the release of the first genetic evaluation for the American Wagyu Association we have had some questions regarding the reporting of weaning weights to be included in the evaluation.

Weaning weight should be collected on a high quality digital or mechanical individual animal scale and it should be recorded in pounds.

The weight should never be estimated and should be recorded to the nearest whole pound if possible. If recording the weight to the nearest whole pound is not feasible, then it can be acceptable to record the weight to the nearest 2-pound increment. Weaning weight should never be recorded to the nearest five pound or other larger increment. Weaning weight should never be estimated by averaging a group weight.

Weaning contemporary group is a group of calves that are of the same sex, are similar in age, and have been raised in the same management group (same location on the same feed and pasture, at the same time) and weaned and weighed on the same day. Contemporary groups should include as many cattle as can be accurately compared. However, if, for example, first-calf heifers are given preferential treatment (better feed) prior to weaning their calves, then these calves should be designated into a separate contemporary group than the calves from mature cows.

Weights should be taken on the same day for an entire contemporary group. Especially for large contemporary groups, water should be provided to calves penned-up prior to weighing so that there is no effect due to differences in dehydration between the first and last calves weighed.

For adjusted 205 day weaning weights the AWA required age range for collecting weaning weights on calves is 160 to 250 days of age.  If you are a producer that chooses to leave calves on your cows to older ages go ahead and weigh/report the weights of the calves when they are between the 160 and 250 days of age.

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.

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.

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

Membership Renewal
It’s time for members of the AWA to renew your annual membership. Please login to your account and click the “Renew” button to generate an invoice for your 2021 membership. Please renew before April 1, 2021 before late fees apply.

Join the AWA
The American Wagyu Association experienced record membership growth last year. The enthusiasm for this incredible breed in America is growing and the opportunity to join other Wagyu breeders during this period of expansion has never been greater! Please download our membership application here.

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Advertise with the AWA
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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
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
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Beef Improvement Federation
Ultrasound Technicians
Masters of Beef Advocacy

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