AWA Friday Newsletter - May 28, 2021

AWA Friday Newsletter - May 28, 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 22
The AWA office will be closed this Monday (May 31) for Memorial Day so our employees can spend the holiday with their families. We appreciate your understanding and hope you have a safe, healthy, and happy Memorial Day!

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” Peter Drucker
 The foundation of performance programs starts with breeding and birth records, and then subsequently followed by those stages of the production cycle for traits important to profitability. The last few weeks and for the next several weeks the AWA office staff will be walking through the steps of entering performance data into the AWA’s data management system, DigitalBeef.
2021 is proving to be a banner year for the American Wagyu Association as several metrics continue to improve over previous years, including the reporting of performance data. Reporting of weaning weights and yearling weights are 132% and 109%, respectively, compared to reporting the first five months of 2020!
Additionally, through a partnership with Neogen, approximately 1,500 DNA samples for the AWA Carcass Project have been reported to the AWA so far this year and more are expected. These cattle are in the “pipeline” to have carcass data collected and reported to the AWA which will help build the foundation to compute carcass EPD.
Sales this spring have been excellent, the demand for Wagyu beef has never been better and there’s never been a better time to be a member of the American Wagyu Association. 

2021 AWA Annual General Membership Meeting and Conference

Be sure to mark your calendar for September 23-25, 2021 as results from this project and others will be presented at the AWA Annual AGM & Conference in Fort Collins, CO. Schedule, Registration, and Hotel information will be available in June.
Complete your Fall CAR Enrollments
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 will be 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 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

Steps to Submitting Performance Data – #4
Calf Reporting Through the CAR Management System – continued

Go to Herd Mgmt: Inventory to bring up the Complete Animal Reporting Management System. Select the appropriate season tab for the females for which you will be reporting calving data. If you select the ‘Calf’ option to report a calf born to a dam, a birth recording queue will be generated to enter the birth information for the calf.

Select Work Queues: Birth Recording from the left-hand menu to bring up the birth recording queue in progress. Find the work order that had been generated and click ‘Go to this Queue’.

Information to Enter for the Dam

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Dam’s Registration Number: This should be auto filled if calf reporting was initiated in CAR Management System menu.

Temper: Dam’s temperament. Dropdown menu will list options ranging from ‘Docile’ to ‘Aggressive’. Select the most appropriate temperament option for this dam.

Susp: Udder suspension. Dropdown menu will list options ranging from ‘Very Pendulous and Broken Down’ to ‘Very Level, Tight’. Select the most appropriate udder suspension option for this dam.

Teat: Teat Score. Dropdown menu will list options ranging from ‘Very Large’ to ‘Very Small’. Select the most appropriate teat score option for this dam.

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! Please include your name and membership number and mail to

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
Bar R Cattle Company
May 22nd, 2021
Pullman, Washington
Auctioneer: Butch Booker
Sale Manager: James Danekas & Associates Inc.
Internet Venue:

10 Purebred Females $21,335.00
19 Fullblood Females $7,270.00
9 Purebred Bulls $11,000.00
20 Fullblood Bulls $11,263.00
1 Semen Lot $400.00 / Unit

Click to download the 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
May 29, 2021 – – May Magic Event - Online Auction
June 4, 2021 – Midwest Wagyu Association Meeting, Salina, KS
June 5, 2021 – Passion For Prime – Salina, Kansas
August 21, 2021 - Elite Wagyu Sale - Salado, TX

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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