AWA Friday Newsletter - July 9, 2021

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Vol 2, No. 28

In the coming weeks I will be featuring many of the speakers scheduled for the AGM & Conference. Sponsorship opportunities, registration, and hotel information is now available. Be sure to contact the AWA office if you have any questions.

We are proud to have Dr. Temple Grandin as a featured speaker at this year’s Conference. A winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Who’s Who of Food and Beverage America Dr. Grandin is a prominent proponent for the humane treatment of livestock for slaughter and author of more than 60 scientific papers on animal behavior.
Temple Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University.  When she was two and a half years old, she had no speech and all the symptoms of severe autism. Early intensive speech therapy enabled her to speak by age four. Her mother always encouraged her interest in art and urged her to draw many different things.  Good teachers and mentors were essential for Temple’s success.  Her high school science teacher challenged her with interesting projects where she had to figure out how to make things work.  When studying in school became a pathway to becoming a scientist, she was motivated to study.
An HBO movie titled Temple Grandin was made about her life and Temple was inducted into The National Women’s Hall of Fame and The Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Facilities she has designed handle over half the cattle in the U.S.  Some of her most important books are New York Times Bestseller Animals in Translation, Thinking in Pictures, The Autistic Brain, and The Way I See It.

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.

2021 NCBA Convention and Trade Show
The American Wagyu Association will be well represented at the 2021 NCBA Convention and Trade Show. Annually attended by more than 8,000 of the most influential and progressive cattlemen and women, the NCBA Convention and Trade Show is a great place to showcase the Wagyu breed.
The AWA will also be attending the 2022 NCBA Convention in Houston, TX this next February. If you are interested in participating with your own booth space during the Trade Show along with the AWA please give me a call early next week and I will be happy to share more details with you.

Steps to Submitting Performance Data – #7
Continuation of Inputting Calf Data in Birth Recording Table (Click on screenshot thumbnails to enlarge):

Once all birth recording information has been entered, click the ‘Validate’ button located on either the bottom left-hand or right-hand side of your table. This will check the information entered to make sure that there is nothing that is a required field that was left blank or any other errors.

An example of some errors that may appear are as follows:

‘The name has not been entered’ – At a minimum, the account herd prefix, unique ID number of the animal, and year letter code will need to be entered in this field.

‘The dam does not have an available CAR assessment’ – Dam does not have an available assessment for the year this calf was born. If you have not completed your assessment for the current year, go to Herd Mgmt: Inventory to enroll your female and mark the assessments of your active registered breeding age dams as complete to generate the assessments. If you are recording an older calf from a previous year and the dam does not have an assessment, please contact the AWA staff. Dam may have not been included that year as she may have not been eligible at the time of assessments (not registered, under 24 months of age and did not have breeding record entered, etc).

After resolving any errors, click the ‘Validate’ button again to update the information. If no further errors appear, the ‘Commit to Registry’ button should now become available. By clicking this, this calf record will be added to your herd, and a ‘U’ or unregistered number will be assigned to this animal. You will be redirected to a summary of the information you had entered.

Go to ‘My Account: View’ from the left-hand menu to return to your General Profile Information page. ‘Herd’ should be preselected in green from the row of tabs in the middle of the page. Several buttons are listed beneath the tabs to filter your herd list. Select ‘All’ from the buttons beneath to view your entire herd. The new calf should now be listed in your herd list.

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 Member Events
July 17/18, 2021 – – The Intl. Mid Summer Classic – Online Worldwide Event
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

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Robert Williams, Ph.D.
Executive Director


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