AWA Friday Newsletter - May 7, 2021

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VOL 2, NO 19

Historically, beef breed association genetic evaluations relied solely on weaned and/or registered progeny but often did not collect information from females that failed to reproduce. Furthermore, performance data was often 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.
The purpose of CAR is to accumulate reproductive and performance data on animals in a producer’s herd, not to control which animals will be registered, which remains a decision of individual breeders.

This week we are starting a weekly series on the steps to report valuable reproduction and performance data to the American Wagyu Association.
Enroll 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 – First in a Series
This is the first of a weekly series on steps to report valuable reproduction and performance data to the American Wagyu Association. Each week we will walk you through the next step.

For those members enrolled in the Standard Herd option, the AWA whole herd reporting and performance program, submitting performance data starts with activation of your active cowherd in the Complete Animal Reporting (CAR) program.

An enrollment must be completed on-line through the AWA DigitalBeef program.

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. 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. Reproduction data on all females is important to establish genetic differences in females for this important trait.

Once you have completed your inventory (marked which females are active in your herd and which ones have been disposed with an appropriate disposal code) use the red submit button (Mark Complete) at the top right hand corner for an invoice to be created.

Be sure to mark active any female that will record a calving record during the year. This includes those younger than two years of age at the time you are completing your inventory.

Note 1: You will need to select each individual season tab (2021 Spring or 2021 Fall) to mark each season’s enrollment as complete. If your Spring season is correct, click the red submit button at the top right-hand corner. Go to your Fall tab. If your Fall season is correct, click the red submit button at the top right-hand corner.

Note 2: If you mark a season inventory as complete, but need to then add additional animals, you will need to go back into that season (2021 Spring or 2021 Fall) and re-click the red submit button for a supplemental assessment to be created for the added animals.

Register Now for the 2021 Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and Convention
A friendly reminder to mark your calendar for the BIF Symposium. Registration is now open. You can register here,
For more conference details, including registration information, a complete schedule and hotel information, visit

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.

2021 AWA Annual General Membership Meeting and Conference

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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

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 8, 2021 – – The Semen Shootout - Online Auction
May 22, 2021 – Bar R Cattle Company Production Sale – Pullman, Washington
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
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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