AWA Friday Newsletter - June 18, 2021

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Vol 2, No. 25

From everyone here at the AWA, we wish you a safe, healthy, and happy Father's Day!

Complete Animal Reporting
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.

The AWA Board of Directors initiated changes to the CAR enrollment procedures this year which requires each breeder to log into DigitalBeef and enroll their active females and de-activate those which are no longer active in your herd. After that an invoice will be generated and forwarded to the breeder for payment.

There are two Registry Options. AWA members must choose between two registry programs they want to participate in; Standard Herd or Verified Herd.

Please read carefully the following information and do not hesitate to contact the AWA office if you have questions regarding enrolling your active females in the CAR program.
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. Please see the Fee Schedule for Standard Herds and the EPD Guidelines for publication for further information.

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.
Please see the Fee Schedule for Verified Herds and the EPD Guidelines for publication for further information.
Complete your Fall CAR Enrollments  before JULY 1st. 
Complete Your Enrollment Early and Save Money. For herds enrolled in the Complete Animal Recording Program (Standard Herds) there are two inventory periods, Spring and Fall calving herds.

Fall Herd enrollment became active on May 1, 2021 and for those members who activate and enroll their cows by June 30, 2021 benefit with a $27 enrollment fee, a savings over previous years.
Fall Herd Enrollment Fee Schedule
•        $27 if enrolled before July 1
•        $33 if enrolled between July 1 and August 31
•        $36 if enrolled between August 1 and August 31
•        $39 if enrolled between September 1 and September 30
•        $42 if enrolled between October 1 and December 31
Invoices to be paid prior to the last day of the following month or fees
increase by $3 for each month past due.

Register Calves Early and Save Money
For herds enrolled in the Verified Herd program and ET calves register those calves by 365 days of age and save on registration fees.
0 - 365 Days of Age or Less     $55
366 - 540 Days of Age             $60
541 - 720 Days of Age             $65
721 Days of Age and Older      $70

2021 AWA Annual General Membership Meeting and Conference

The Annual General Membership and Conference for the American Wagyu Conference is only a few months away. Sponsorship opportunities for the 2021 AGM & Conference will be available in the coming weeks.  Your financial support of the AWA is an important part for the success of the annual conference and promotion of the Wagyu breed in America!

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

Calving Ease: Select the most appropriate score for the degree of calving difficulty. Options range from ‘Unassisted/Unobserved’ to ‘Malpresentation’.

Twin Code: Select the appropriate Twin Code. Defaults to ‘Single’ for Single birth. If calf is a twin, select the most appropriate option (twin to bull, twin to heifer). Select most appropriate corresponding option for the second calf (twin to bull, twin to heifer).

Calf Vigor: Select the most appropriate score for how long it took the calf to get up and start nursing, or if it needed assistance.

Mgmt: Code identifying dams managed the same prior to calving.

Name: Name of the calf. At a minimum, the name would need to start with your unique herd prefix, and end with the tattoo (identifying number and year letter code). Animal name cannot contain more than 28 characters, and only English letters or Arabic numerals shall be accepted. Maximum character count includes the herd prefix, tattoo, and spaces. Punctuation marks, diagonal lines, joint letters, brands or other unusual marks or symbols will not be accepted.

Learn More About Expected Progeny Differences
Trait descriptions, how to read EPD, information on accuracy, percentile rank tables and guidelines for the publication of EPD are all available, simply follow this link.

AWA Adjustable Ball Caps Now Available
Whether you’re interested in something for yourself or a gift for your customers, we have several items to choose from including our new adjustable ball caps in three different colors for $20 each! With each purchase you are helping support your association and proudly support this great Wagyu breed.

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!

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

Sales Reports
Passion for Prime
June 5th, 2021 Salina, Kansas
Auctioneer: C.D. “Butch” Booker
Sale Manager: James Danekas & Associates Inc.
Internet Venue:
Females Avg: $10,320
Bulls Avg: $7,875
Embryos Avg: $700/embryo

Download full report

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
June 26, 2021 – – The June Select Sale – Online Auction
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

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

Robert Williams, Ph.D.
Executive Director

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