AWA Friday Newsletter - March 4, 2021

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VOL 2, NO 10
The demand for local beef or direct to the consumer marketing has been growing for several years, with COVID this last year demand grew even stronger. This stronger demand coupled with some processing facilities being shut down for periods of time due to COVID delays in securing a harvest date at processing facilities became an issue. Furthermore, with more producers looking at direct to consumer marketing as an option for their program there is obviously a need to identify a processing facility you can work with.

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service publishes a directory of establishments that produce meat, poultry, and/or egg products regulated by FSIS. The Establishment Demographic Data includes additional establishment information about FSIS regulated establishments, including size, species slaughtered and aggregate categorical production information. This service combines data sets to allow users to view establishments geographically and filter by location, species slaughtered and categorical production activities.
How to read the EPD information on an animal’s detail page
Helpful information for every animal is available on the EPD detail screen. The EPD is listed across the page for birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, maternal milk, and total maternal.

EPD: A prediction of how future progeny of an animal are expected to perform in a particular trait relative to other animals in the same analysis.
+/- Chg: This is the possible change value. Please see the discussion on accuracy for more information.
ACC: Accuracy, an indication of how close genetic estimates are to an animals true genetic breeding value as a parent.
% Rank: How does my animal rank when compared to the non-parent percentile rank table.
Prog/CG: The number of progeny meeting all edits and used in the genetic evaluation and the number of contemporary groups those animals are represented in. For Maternal Milk this number reflects the number of daughters in production (i.e. daughters that produced progeny meeting all edits and used in the genetic evaluation) and the number of contemporary groups those progeny were represented in.

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.

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.

2021 AWA Annual General Membership Meeting and 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 chose one to feature in an upcoming newsletter! Please include your name and membership number and mail to

Brynlee Benson, her brother Cade and sister Monroe, love to help feed the calves and help around the farm. Picture submitted by Ben Benson, Plum Creek Wagyu Beef, Seward, Nebraska.

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
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
March 20, 2021 – Triangle B Ranch's 10th Annual Spring of Opportunities Sale
March 27, 2021 – Bowman Farms Complete Dispersion – At the Farm in Roaring River, NC
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 5, 2021 – Passion For Prime – Salina, Kansas
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
Ultrasound Technicians
Masters of Beef Advocacy

National Education Center for Agricultural Safety
Beef Cattle Community

Robert Williams, Ph.D.
Executive Director

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