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Practical Systems and the Australian Wagyu Association are committed to focusing on genetic improvement for Wagyu.

Practical Systems of Armidale, New South Wales, served regional Australia as a trusted provider of livestock management technology solutions for more than 25 years.  

Australian Wagyu Association maintains the largest registry of Wagyu cattle outside of Japan and is the peak industry organisation representing producers’ interests across the country.

Today, we are pleased to announce our renewed market partnership between our organisations.

Our relationship aims to continue the support of AWA members and the Association to continue increasing the use of technology adoption by Wagyu producers. We know that during the past five years to 2020, the whole AWA database average EBV accuracy has increased by 5%. Our agreement will support promoting the benefits of individual livestock management practice enabled by enriched data collection. Collected data provides the foundation for informed management decisions and facilitates the ready transfer of important genomic data between Neogen Australasia, Zoetis  and Australian Wagyu Association and member producers.

“We are delighted to announce this partnership with the Australian Wagyu Association,” says Peter Rasmussen, CEO, Practical Systems Limited. “We look forward to supporting Australian Wagyu Association members in achieving their management and performance objectives in both seedstock and commercial herds. We want to work closely with the Australian Wagyu Association team and the producers to ensure we are adding value to the breed and the industry.”

“Considering the volume of data and new technologies penetrating the market, the onus is now on producers to ensure the accuracy of data and information across the beef sector to embrace and implement these innovative new technologies seamlessly and effectively. The partnership agreement between the Australian Wagyu Association and Practical Systems aims to demystify these technologies, enabling ease of adoption and revolutionising the industry to become more technologically savvy. This then reduces the change of errors due to manual data collection methods and saves time for both association staff and producers submitting their data,” said Peter.

Australian Wagyu Association, CEO, Dr Mathew McDonagh is excited for the year ahead and embracing the renewed partnership with Practical Systems.  

“We are delighted to announce this partnership with Practical Systems,” says Matt. “With AWA members now having access to cutting edge DNA testing technology through the use of tissue sampling along with genomically enhanced breeding values, this collaboration with Practical Systems will help with the accuracy of genomic data collection and accuracies in BREEDPLAN EBVs within the Wagyu Industry.

Matt continues, “Managing the genetic potential of Wagyu herds is vital to increasing the quality of Wagyu being produced global market as members can efficiently make management decisions based on data collected.”

For further information regarding Practical Systems and our livestock management products and services, please contact Practical Systems on 1800 624 688 or view our website –

About Practical Systems

With a proud history dating back to 1992, Practical Systems has been in the business of supporting regional enterprise and livestock producers for more than 25 years. We were the first to provide comprehensive farm operational management solutions, and we continue to learn from that experience to provide you with authoritative and credible business intelligence.

 About Australian Wagyu Association

The Association has maintained a continued focus on genetic improvement.  The common base of the global Wagyu population, high levels of genomic testing and performance recording by Association members has enabled the implementation of a global genetic analysis.  Our membership now spans more than 20 countries.

The Australian Wagyu Association is at the forefront of research and development for Wagyu.  Projects such as the introduction of genomic-backed EBVs specifically for Wagyu, delivery of Japanese Prefectural data, BreedObject Selection $Indexes, Sire Progeny Net Feed Intake Program, Crossbred Wagyu Genomics Testing and the MIJ Objective Carcase Measurement, have all contributed in the past decade to enhance of the value of Wagyu.

Media Contacts

Practical Systems Limited:
Francis Waddell
Marketing Manager
M: 0429 148 321

Australian Wagyu Association
Deborah Andrich
Marketing and Communications Manager
P: 0400 855 040