AWA Friday Newsletter - November 6, 2020

AWA Friday Newsletter - November 6, 2020 To receive our weekly newsletter in your inbox, contact the AWA office and request to be added to our email list.



International Online Wagyu Conference

The South African Wagyu Society is excited to announce an International Virtual Conference November 10-12, 2020.  The conference will feature several speakers on topics to include international demand, health, and carcass grading technologies.




Annual General Membership Meeting and Director Voting
The Virtual Annual General Membership meeting last week went smoothly and was well attended. We thank everyone for their patience as we worked through our first virtual meeting and look forward to getting back to a live event next September in Fort Collins, CO hosted by Colorado State University.
During the AGM a great slate of candidates were nominated to serve as AWA Board of Directors. Voting will begin on Monday, November 9, 2020 and last through Monday, November 20, 2020 by 5:00 PM Pacific time.
AWA members in good standing eligible to vote as of September 30, 2020 will receive an email from Simply Voting ( with your login information. Be sure to check your spam and junk folders if you don’t see it in your inbox. You can login to your DigitalBeef account and check the email address we have for you. If you need to make any changes contact the office right away.
Candidates for the 3 available director positions are (in alphabetical order) as follows.

Pamela Armstrong - Maple Row Stock Farm - Clarence, NY
Ryan Bagley - Bagley Beef Company - Logansport, LA
Matt Rainey - Caroland Farms - Landrum, SC
Marlin Stutzman - Schonbrook Farms - Howe, IN

AWA 2020 Virtual Conference Presentations

With a successful Annual General Membership meeting wrapped up, the virtual conference presentations are now available for viewing. If you registered for the AGM you should have already received your login, password and link to the presentations. If you have not yet registered, there is still plenty of time to experience them.

After clicking the link above and entering your contact info, the AWA will send you an invoice for $100 for the conference registration fee. Once paid, you'll receive a login, password and a link to the virtual presentations by our conference speakers. The presentation videos will go live October 30, 2020 and will be available to view on demand until Jan 1, 2021. Please contact the AWA with any questions.

Speaker Presentations include:

Francis Fluharty, Ph.D.
Animal & Dairy Science | Professor & Department Head,
University of Georgia
Topic: Nutrition of the Cow Herd, and Implications for
Reproductive Performance, Fetal Development and Calf
Matt Spangler, Ph.D.
Professor, Extension Beef Genetics Specialist, University of Nebraska
Topic: The Value of Phenotypes in A Genomic World
Mark Gardiner
Gardiner Angus Ranch, Ashland, KS
Topic: Data Based Selection and Technology Application Used
for Progress at Gardiner Angus Ranch
William Herring, Ph.D.
Director of Genetic Development, PIC, Hendersonville, TN
Topic: How Science Continues to Impact Livestock Production
Jamie Courter, M.S.
Beef Product Manager, Neogen
Topic: Advancements in Genomics
Mike MacNeil, Ph.D.
Delta G, Miles City, Montana
Topic: Inbreeding and Linebreeding
Harvey Blackburn, Ph.D.
USDA Agricultural Research Service’s National Animal Germplasm
Program, Fort Collins, CO
Topic: Genetic Diversity in the American Wagyu Population
Joe Heitzeberg
CEO & Co-Founder, Crowd Cow
Topic: Farm to Fork Wagyu in 2020 and Beyond

Presentations brought to you by these amazing sponsors:

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Have you been looking for ways to help promote the Wagyu Breed?  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.

Make sure to check out our new AWA-Embossed Buck 301 Stockman now in stock!

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

Upcoming Member Events

November 7, 2020 – Sunshine State Auction – Ocala, Florida

November 17, 2020 – Triple Crown Steak Challenge – Auction

November 21, 2020 – Buck Mountain Ranch Final Chapter Sale – Springfield, Missouri

January 21-25, 2021 – The New Year's Collection 2021 –

February 11-13, 2021 – Sandhills Performance Wagyu/Schardt Cattle Company Online Sale –

March 20, 2021 – Triangle B Ranch's 10th Annual Spring of Opportunites Sale

March 27, 2021 – Bowman Farms Complete Dispersion – Clemson University, North Carolina

April 10, 2021 – M6 "Science is on our side" Dispersion – Alvarado, Texas

May 22, 2021 – Bar R Cattle Company Production Sale – Pullman, Washington

June 12, 2021 – 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

Beef Quality Assurance
Beef Improvement Federation
Ultrasound Technicians
Masters of Beef Advocacy

National Education Center for Agricultural Safety

Robert Williams, Ph.D.
Executive Director

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