AWA Friday Newsletter - September 18, 2020

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The year 2020 has brought forth challenges none of us expected last New Year’s Eve.

NAILE is a go! We received news today that the North American Livestock Exposition (NAILE) will have a show. It will be modified from a normal NAILE, including being a participant-only event, but the show will go on.

This week we received news that the National Western Stock Show has been postponed until January 2022. More on this below.

The COVID-19 pandemic also necessitated a change to the Annual Wagyu AGM and Conference to a virtual event.  You will find more information regarding the AGM and Conference and opportunities to sponsor in this newsletter.

Your financial support of the AWA is an important part for the success of the annual conference and the Wagyu producers, but also further funds important projects to benefit the membership for marketing initiatives, research, and education.

Every cow-calf producer understands the excitement and anticipation waiting for the arrival of the next calf crop. The arrival of these calves represents the hard work and management that went into the breeding herd the previous year and many times the years of planed breeding and genetic selection. There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle that come together for a successful calving season and one of the most important pieces of the puzzle is getting cows bred. Body condition scores have been shown to be a useful management tool to improve the reproductive performance of the cow herd and influence the percentage of live calves weaned per cows exposed. This week I cover BCS scores of the cow herd as we continue to work through the performance series.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR - Annual General Membership Meeting and Conference October 29, 2020

We restructured this year to a virtual AGM and Conference because of COVID-19.  In addition to the Annual General Membership Meeting we have lined up several speakers to give virtual presentations on topics regarding:


Value of Phenotypes in Genetic Prediction
Principles of Inbreeding and Linebreeding
Genetic Diversity in the American Wagyu Population

Nutritional Management of Wagyu
Marketing of Wagyu

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2020 AGM and Conference are now available. We are actively accepting sponsorships, donations and advertising in the conference program that will be mailed to all AWA members. Your financial support of the AWA is an important part for the success of the annual conference and the Wagyu producers, but also further funds important projects to benefit the membership for marketing initiatives, research, and education. Please review the attached flyer and contact the office if you have any questions.

National Western Stock Show Postponed

Press Release: The 115th National Western Stock Show postponed until January 2022

In News by Karen Woods September 14, 2020

Denver, CO – The Western Stock Show Association (WSSA) Board of Directors together with the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) management, has made the difficult decision to postpone the 115th National Western Stock Show by one year and to resume the event in January 2022.

The COVID-19 pandemic does not allow for the Stock Show to host the annual event and comply with the health and safety guidelines that are necessary to protect Coloradan’s and help stop the spread. More importantly, the projected environment through to the end of the year is too uncertain and therefore not reassuring enough to allow a traditional Stock Show to take place without potentially compromising the health and safety of exhibitors, visitors, and the public at large.

Part 12: Body Condition Scores

Body condition scoring (BCS) is a useful tool to estimate the body composition and energy reserves of beef cows. The BCS scale ranges from 1-9 with 1 being emaciated and 9 being obese. Cows that calve in a BCS of 5 or greater breed back earlier, have more vigorous calves at birth and have more, higher quality colostrum. Ideally, scores should be recorded 60-90 days pre-calving, at calving and at weaning. Taking scores at 60-90 days pre-calving allows enough time for adjustment of the nutrition program prior to calving if necessary.

Scores recorded at or around the time of weaning are used in combination with cow weight recorded at the same time to calculate adjusted mature cow weights. Shrunk body weight should increase or decrease by approximately 7.1% for each unit change in BCS. For example, a mature cow that weighs 1,200 pounds with a BCS of 5 should require 85 pounds of weight gain to achieve BCS 6 and 85 pounds of weight loss to drop to a BCS of 4. (BIF)

For more information on Body Condition Scores including a description of each score please follow this link:

The North American International Livestock Exposition Will Have a Show!

Good news #NAILE20! We will have a show. It will be modified from a normal NAILE, including being a participant-only event, but the show will go on. Their entry deadline is shifting to Oct. 1 with late entries due Oct. 10 for most livestock shows with the Quarter Horse deadline moving to Oct. 19. The premium book and online entries has been posted on the NAILE website. Additional information about what #NAILE20 looks like will be available in the coming days.


Wagyu Virtual International 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.  Follow this link for more information.

Farming Rises in U.S. Industry Ratings

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For the first time in Gallup's 20 years of tracking Americans' views of various business and industry sectors, farming and agriculture is the clear leader.

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Upcoming Member Events
October 1st-5th,  2020 - Prime Harvest Online Wagyu Sale - Online Sale
October 24, 2020 – Vermont Wagyu Annual Production Sale – Springfield, Vermont

October 29, 2020 - Wagyu Signature Series II - Live Online Sale
November 7, 2020 – Sunshine State Auction – Ocala, Florida
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