AWA Friday Newsletter - September 24, 2021

AWA Friday Newsletter - September 24, 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 39
More than 250 Wagyu enthusiasts have gathered in Fort Collins, Colo., for the 2021 “Wagyu: An Elevated Experience” annual conference. Day 1 events included the American Wagyu Association (AWA) Board and Membership meetings and a reception featuring Wagyu burgers and plenty of networking.

The educational portion of the conference began Friday morning, with speakers addressing the state of the Wagyu breed, consumer beef demand, international trade and more. Wagyu enthusiasts will wind down the day with a reception and auction at Colorado State University’s Canvus Stadium. Educational presentations will continue on Saturday with presentations both at the Hilton Fort Collins and at the department of Animal Sciences. The annual GALA dinner Saturday evening will wrap up the conference. 

Workshop Series Explores Livestock Producer Options for Starting Small Processing Plants

BROOKINGS, S.D. - South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension is seeking livestock producers interested in opening and operating their own meat processing facilities to participate in a workshop series. The series, “Enhancing Producer Resources to Build Small Meat Processing Capacity,” will include industry tours and case studies, regulatory presentations and financing and logistics discussions.

“This workshop series is designed to give livestock producers who are considering becoming involved in a meat processing business an inside look at small meat processing plants and have candid discussions about what it takes to both start up a new business and keep it running,” says Christina Bakker, SDSU Extension Meat Science Field Specialist.

Interested participants should be willing to travel to tour locations in South Dakota and commit to two workshop events and four virtual meetings.

Those interested in signing up should do so before October 15, 2021.

Those interested in more information or to sign up should contact Bakker at 605-688-5436 or

Submitting Performance Data - #17
Inputting Yearling Data Part 5:

Once all yearling information has been entered, click the ‘Validate’ button located on either the bottom left-hand or right-hand side of your table. This will check the information entered to make sure that there is nothing that is a required field that was left blank or any other errors.

An example of some errors that may appear are as follows:

Invalid Yearling Date: Entered Yearling Date either prior to weaning date of animal, is missing, or entered date is after current date.
Invalid Weight: Yearling weight entered exceeds valid measurement range.

After resolving any errors, click the ‘Validate’ button again to update the information. If no further errors appear, the ‘Commit to Registry’ button should now become available. By clicking this, the yearling information will be added to the animal’s record. You will be redirected to a summary of the information you had entered.

When viewing the animal in your herd list, the yearling date will be listed under the ‘Year’ column. The yearling information can also be found under the Performance tab of the Animal Detail Screen (click ‘View’ button to right of the animal when viewing herd list, and click ‘Performance’ tab).


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Taking orders at the Conference!
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.

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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 Industry Events/Livestock Shows
November 17, 2021 – NAILE – Wagyu Show – Louisville, KY
January 9 , 2022 – NWSS – Wagyu Show – Denver, CO
February 28 – March 20, 2022 – Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – Houston, TX
February 1 – 3, 2022 – NCBA  Trade Show – Houston, TX

Upcoming Member Events
September 24, 2021 - Signature Series 3.0 Wagyu Sale- Fort Collins, CO
October 9, 2021 – – Domestic and International Frozen Genetics
Oct. 14, 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
November 6, 2021 - Texas Wagyu Association - Fall Harvest Event - Luling, Texas
March 19, 2022 - Triangle B Ranch - Spring of Opportunities Production Sale - Stigler, OK
March 26, 2022 - The Top Shelf Collection - Genomic Marvels at their Finest - Luling, TX
April 9, 2022 - M6 Ranch Wagyu - Bull Battery Sale - Alvarado, Texas
June 4, 2022 - 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

Stockmanship & Stewardship
Beef Quality Assurance
Beef Improvement Federation
Masters of Beef Advocacy
National Education Center for Agricultural Safety
Beef Cattle Community

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