AWA Friday Newsletter - September 25, 2020

AWA Friday Newsletter - September 25, 2020 To receive our weekly newsletter in your inbox, contact the AWA office and request to be added to our email list.


As you are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated a change to the Annual Wagyu AGM and Conference to a virtual event on a Zoom platform. The meeting will take place on October 29, 2020 from 12 Noon to 4 PM Eastern Daylight Time.

We are developing a great program for the meeting which will outlined to the membership over the next couple weeks. We have also arranged a group of special speakers whose pre-record presentations will be available on demand after the AGM. 

We continue to solicit sponsorships and advertisements to be included in this program. Your financial support of the AWA is an important part for the success of the annual conference and Wagyu producers, but also further funds important projects to benefit the membership for marketing initiatives, research, and education.

NAILE is a go! We received news last week 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.

National Farm Safety and Health Week

If you are like me you know of someone who was injured or worse in a farm accident.  Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry. For this reason, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week.

This link gives some great information for all of us that includes Tractor Safety & Rural Roadway Safety, Overall Farmer Health, Safety & Health for Youth in Agriculture, Emergency Preparedness in Agriculture, and Safety & Health for Women in Agriculture.

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. 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 13: Yearling Weight Measurements

Yearling weight measurements should be taken between 320-410 days of age. Time between weaning and yearling weight measurement should be no less than 70 days. It is important to not take the yearling weight measurement too closely to the weaning weight to allow for more post-weaning growth and a more accurate measure of the yearling weight trait.

As with weaning weight proper measurement procedures are also important. Yearling weight should be collected on a high quality digital or mechanical individual animal scale and it should be recorded in pounds. Weights should be taken on the same day for an entire contemporary group. Especially for large contemporary groups, water should be provided to calves penned-up prior to weighing so that there is no effect due to differences in dehydration between the first and last calves weighed.

Yearling contemporary groups are always subsets of the weaning contemporary group. Other measurements, which we will discuss in coming weeks, to take at this time include Temperament, Hip Height, Scrotal Measurements, Pelvic Measurements, and reporting status code.

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.

Contact the AWA office for wagyu entry forms or DOWNLOAD THEM HERE.


Livestock Export Webinar
Exporting or planning to export livestock? Here is a great opportunity to hear from experts in the field of livestock export. The Livestock Export Webinar is scheduled for October 1st—it is intended to provide a high level overview of exporting and will feature Tony Clayton with Clayton Agri-Marketing, Dr. Rick Tanner with USDA APHIS, Dr. Tom Taul (KABSU, tentative), Richard De Los Santos with the Texas Department of Agriculture (sharing about their export pens) and Dr. Martin Sieber with U.S. Livestock Genetics Export. Feel free to share with others—it is free to participate and the information will not be specific to Kansas. If you can’t make it, go ahead and sign up and we can send you a link to the recording. So far there are participants from 11 states and one country—thank you everyone that has registered!
If not already registered, you can register here.

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.

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 Carcass Grading Cards now in stock!

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 choose one a month to feature in an upcoming newsletter! Please include your name and membership number and mail to

Photo provided by Darren Hamblin

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
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

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