AWA Friday Newsletter - July 23, 2021

AWA Friday Newsletter - July 23, 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 30

Membership in the American Wagyu Association continues to grow at a record pace.  We are averaging better than 31 new members a month compared to last year’s average of 20.4. There’s never been a better time to be a Wagyu breeder.

The Countdown to the Annual General Membership Meeting & Conference in Fort Collins, CO has begun.  It’s time to register for the conference and make your hotel reservations. Read below for more information on registration, sponsorship, and advertising opportunities.

Our featured speaker this week is Dr. Bucky Gwartney, United States Department of Agriculture.
Bucky Gwartney is an International Marketing Specialist with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.  He is responsible for the development and oversight of red meat standards, which include the beef yield and quality grades, among other standards, and serve as a technical expert on many red meat related activities within USDA.  He also serves as the USDA representative on several international standards organizations.
He attended Oklahoma State University (OSU) where he received a B.S. in Agriculture, Animal Science and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Animal Science/Meat Science from the University of Nebraska.
After a post-doctoral program at the University of Missouri, he joined PIC as a meat scientist, and later joined the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, working in the beef quality and safety research areas. 
Bucky is very active in meat industry associations, serving as past president of the American Meat Science Association (AMSA) and as a past Muscle Foods Division Chair at the Institute of Food Technology.  He was part of the research team that received the International Meat Secretariat Prize for Meat Science and Technology, is an AMSA Fellow and an OSU Graduate of Distinction. 


Registration for our 2021 AGM and Conference is now OPEN!
This year the conference is in Fort Collins, Colorado and we have been working very closely with the Colorado State University Department of Animal Science to put on a very informative and fun conference.

Please click on the above link to view the sponsorship opportunities, the preliminary schedule, presenters and also the link to the registration form.

We hope you will consider becoming a sponsor for this year’s conference. We have many different types of sponsorships to suite your business needs.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office.

Advertising Now Available in the 2021 Annual Conference Program
Proceeds go to support the Annual Conference, research, and other association programs. The conference program is mailed to the entire active membership of the AWA and used for promotion throughout the year at other events and inquiries.

This is an excellent way for members of the American Wagyu Association and service providers to let others know about their great genetics and services. Click on the following link for rates and specifications. Please contact the office to reserve your spot.

Steps to Submitting Performance Data – #9
Inputting Weaning Data for Calves Part 2 (Click on screenshot thumbnails to enlarge)

Sex: If entering weaning information for a bull calf that has since been castrated, you can update the animal to a steer in the dropdown menu. The dropdown menu does not appear for females.

Weaning Date: Enter the date that the calf’s weaning measurements were taken. For adjusted 205 day weaning weights the AWA required age range for collecting weaning weights on calves is 160 to 250 days of age.

Age: Will auto-calculate the animal’s days of age at the time of the entered weaning date.

Weight: Enter the actual weight of the calf as measured on entered weaning date. Round to the nearest pound.

Adj: Adjusted 205 day weaning weight. Will auto-calculate if animal is within required age range of 160 to 250 days of age. Will not calculate if animal is below or above this range.

Temper: Temperament of the calf. Select the most appropriate option from the dropdown menu.

The North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE), Louisville, KY has announced a tentative show date for Wagyu, Wednesday November 17, 2021.  Show date for Wagyu at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS), Denver, CO is Sunday January 9, 2022. More information will be made available as it comes available to the AWA.

AWA Window Shades Now Available
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. It's hot out there. Check out our new AWA window shade to help you beat the heat!

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 chose one to feature in an upcoming newsletter!

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

June 30, 2021 – CAR Fall Enrollment Deadline – Fees Increase July 1
September 23 – 25, 2021 – Annual General Meeting and Conference, Fort Collins, CO

Upcoming Industry Events/Livestock Shows
August 10 – 12 , 2021 – NCBA Trade Show – Nashville, TN
November 2 – 18, 2021 – NAILE – Louisville, KY
January 9 , 2022 – NWSS – Wagyu Show – Denver, CO
February 28 – March 20, 2022 – Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – Houston, TX

February 1 – 3, 2022 – NCBA  Trade Show – Houston, TX

Upcoming Member Events
August 21, 2021 – Elite Wagyu Sale - Salado, TX
August 23-27 – Triple Crown Steak Challenge: Send in your Steaks
Oct. 2, 2021 – Joseph Decuis Inaugural "Toast to a Wagyu Celebration" Sale, Roanoke, IN
Oct. 23, 2021 – Vermont Wagyu Production Sale – At the Farm in Springfield, VT

November 6, 2021 - Texas Wagyu Association - Fall Harvest Event - Luling, Texas
March 19, 2022 - Triangle B Ranch - Spring of Opportunities Production Sale - Stigler, OK
March 26, 2022 - The Top Shelf Collection - Genomic Marvels at their Finest - Luling, TX
April 9, 2022 - M6 Ranch Wagyu - Bull Battery Sale - Alvarado, Texas
June 4, 2022 - 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
Masters of Beef Advocacy

National Education Center for Agricultural Safety
Beef Cattle Community

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

Robert Williams, Ph.D.
Executive Director


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