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Welcome to the Australian Wagyu Beef Network

Buying and selling Premium Wagyu Cattle for over 25 years.

AWBN is a family owned and operated business dedicated to producing the highest quality Wagyu-infused beef in Australia. We export to global markets including Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, the U.K., France, Germany, South Africa, Denmark and the U.S.

We maintain an open invitation to all ambitious Australian beef producers to join us, and to meet your needs we offer a one-stop, turnkey Wagyu production solution. The best reason you can have to join is a strong desire for a more profitable operation, regardless of market cycles. There's no upfront charge, and we can help you with genetic selection, production planning to meet the most profitable specifications, finance, and all aspects of marketing including transport logistics.

It's certainly not too late to embrace the Wagyu opportunity. We believe current global growth in demand for high-priced Wagyu is still in the early developmental stages. Our product is already world renowned for superior quality. And with 25 years of experience, we can help you with careful breeding and superior genetics to produce Wagyu that is of the highest quality.

Day to day, you will also be impressed with the docile temperament of Wagyu, a breed with a long history of intensive handling.

Wagyu News

Wagyu producers urged to work with feedlotters to galvanise supply chain

28 March 2018, 10 a.m.
Wagyu network controller Jerome Hayden with Libby and Kelly Cook at home near Glen Innes with Wagyu cows and calves. “What is a sustainable price?" he asks. "At the current level feedlot returns are not sustainable."
“Agriculture goes in cycles,” says Jerome Hayden, of Australian Wagyu Beef Network, who supplies full blood and first cross Wagyu to China, Japan, Israel and a bit to South Africa.
An early adopter of the industry, Mr Hayden started with Wagyu in 1990 when a handful of players controlled production and marketing.

This $2,600 Wagyu Beef Bento Box Is the Ultimate Gift for Meat Lovers

1st December 2017
The two-foot-wide wooden box weighs 33 pounds in total including nearly nine pounds of meat.

This $2,600 Wagyu Beef Bento Box Is the Ultimate Gift for Meat Lovers

1st December 2017
The two-foot-wide wooden box weighs 33 pounds in total including nearly nine pounds of meat.

Significant Australian Wagyu growth ahead in next five years

27th November 2017
Australia’s production of Wagyu beef is expected to grow significantly in the next five years, however at a slightly less rapid rate than previously predicted, results of the 2017 Australian Wagyu Association member survey suggest.

Weekly property review: Wagyu interest generating its own mini property boom

22nd November 2017
Property buying activity specifically for Wagyu cattle production has been increasingly evident over the past two years, with several regions across the eastern seaboard emerging as favoured locations. Areas like the Hunter Valley and New England region in northern NSW have become Wagyu grazing ‘conversion hot-spots’ since 2016 and the trend has created its own pent-up buyer demand for suitable targets.

Wagyu Bull Makes $88,000 on Auctionsplus

11th September 2017
A 13 months old Fullblood Wagyu bull with BREEDPLAN figures in the top one per cent of the breed for Terminal Carcase Index, Marble Score and Marble Fineness sold for $88,000 during the September Premium Wagyu sale on AuctionsPlus.

It's no mis-steak! Australia's most expensive wagyu sold at Sydney butchers

24th August 2017
Australia's most expensive steak is available in Sydney, setting customers back a whopping $500 a kilo.

At $17,000 a carcase, Wagyu is serious business in Japan’s wholesale meat market

31st August 2017
Watching individual high quality Wagyu carcases sell for the equivalent of $17,000 Australian left an indelible impression on the Australian Wagyu tour group on the first day of their 2017 study tour to Japan today.

Tajima Tops the Brands

2nd May 2017
The Tajima F1 Wagyu crossbred brand from Andrews Meat Industries scooped up yet another major award when it was named grand champion in the 2017 Wagyu Branded Beef Competition. The results were announced to the capacity crowd of over 400 at the Wagyu Expansion Conference in Albury.

Wagyu’s explosive growth set to continue

2nd May 2017
AT the forefront of genomics technology with the massive production and marketing advances it promises and in the box seat to capitalise on a lucrative and growing global demand for premium beef, the Wagyu breed in Australia is set for unprecedented expansion.

Rinehart’s ag focus spreads overseas

9th October 2017
Gina Rinehart’s bold farm sector expansion plans didn’t stop with the $365 million purchase of the S.Kidman and Company beef business in 2016.

Billion dollar wagyu plan for Pilbara

9th October 2017
Singaporean businessman Bruce Cheung believes wagyu beef production can transform agricultural development in northern Australia.

Australian Wagyu industry reaches out to Japanese counterparts

08th September 2017
Australian Wagyu industry representatives in Japan this week for the National Wagyu Exhibition have for the first time held talks with their counterparts from Japan’s National Wagyu Registry Association.

Why Chocolate-Fed Wagyu Is The New Luxury Beef

31th October 2016
For steak lovers, some key markers of top quality beef often include the terms organic and grass-fed. But according to an Australian cattle farmer at Mayura Station, the new luxury beef is full-blood Wagyu fed with chocolates.

Aussie Wagyu features in Shanghai Michelin-starred restaurant

30th October 2016
Shanghai’s Kanpai Classic restaurant, featuring Australian Wagyu beef in a big way, has been awarded a coveted Michelin Star just 14 months after its launch.

Australia's Wagyu shipping trade to Japan back up and running

26th October 2016
After a major setback earlier this year, the trade is now back on its feet and running smoothly again, with a second shipment of F1 Angus Wagyu steers leaving the Port of Brisbane bound for Japan on the weekend, as these pictures show.

Wagyu genetics and genomics field day looks at opportunities

11 October 2016
A two-day Wagyu Genetics and Genomics field day and workshop next month on Queensland’s Darling Downs will unravel many of the questions existing and potential Wagyu producers have about how to benefit from the world-wide demand for Australian Wagyu beef.

Rinehart expands beef interests with Wagyu herd buy

5 October 2016
Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart has expanded her growing beef interests by buying 1500 full-blood Wagyu cattle to secure a sustainable brood stock of the animals.

South Korea's beef appetite grows

28th September 2015
SOARING South Korean beef prices should be welcome news for the country's hard-pressed cattle producers, but a failure to rebuild herds and customers balking at paying record levels for prized local "Hanwoo" meat mean imports are set to keep pouring in.

Sydney’s best steaks: Your guide to finding a top hunk of beef

24th September 2015
WHILE the day of the $10 steak is dead, the emergence of venues such as Firedoor in Surry Hills, with its $138 charcoal and woodfire-cooked steak, has proven that quality is on the rise and people are willing to pay for it. Even Rooty Hill RSL sees the sense in offering a $29 grass-fed 250g Angus beef tenderloin.

Wagyu entry claims branded beef crown in Sydney’s Fine Food awards

2nd September 2015
Some of Australia’s best known and most successful branded beef supply chains flexed their muscles with wins in Sydney Show’s 2015 Fine Foods branded beef competition, results from which were decided this week. Here’s a breakdown of the major winners across, grassfed, grainfed, Wagyu and open classes.

Rinehart shelves major Gympie dairy project in favour of Wagyu

10th August 2015
Gina Rinehart’s Hope Dairies business has confirmed that its proposed $500m powdered milk supply chain project in Southeast Qld has been put on hold, with the land bought for the project now to be utilised for high quality Wagyu beef production.

Wagyu: Processing pampered cows at Tokyo’s last major slaughterhouse

7th August 2015
Wagyu literally translates as “Japanese beef,” but that translation doesn’t quite do it justice. It’s a word that calls to mind images of rural Japanese cows being fed beer and massaged daily, and richly marbled ruby-red steaks, shot through with fine ribbons of glistening white fat.

Blackmore Wagyu farm may have to close down after neighbours' complaints lead to council action

4th August 2015
Australia's most famous meat producer may have to quit his property after a series of complaints from neighbours led to the council taking action.

Farmers have a real beef as feed confusion reigns

July 29th 2015
The Japanese cattle breed is now synonymous with the finest-quality beef, from Rockpool, which serves wagyu steak for more than $100, down to nearly every pub serving a wagyu burger with hand-cut chips (whatever that means) on a piece of wood.

Red hot results for Wagyu on AuctionsPlus: What’s driving it?

July 20th 2015
In a niche cattle market segment which has traditionally been dominated by well-established direct-consignment selling relationships, the benefits of auction competition have been clearly evident over the past three weeks with a series of red-hot record prices being set for Wagyu F1 weaners on AuctionsPlus. What’s driving it?

$11m taxpayer grant for wagyu farming aids Saudi businessman

9th June 2015
$11m taxpayer grant for wagyu farming aids Saudi businessman

Australia's first Wagyu beef producer given Queen's Birthday honours

8th June 2015
A South Australian businessman, largely credited for introducing Wagyu beef to the nation, is among those named an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Wagyu a good investment

29th May 2015
THE recent investment by major commercial players in the premium beef industry is set to propel Australian-produced Wagyu onto the world stage.

Japan Researchers Develop Scanner to Detect Marbled Meat in Cattle

22nd May 2015
Where’s the marbled beef? Thanks to a new machine created by a government-backed institute in Japan, one might soon be able to find those tender and juicy sections of meat without much difficulty.

One lucrative cash cow: It's the most expensive Wagyu beef steak ever sold in Australia at $450 a kilo

23rd March 2015
At $450 a kilo Aizakura Wagyu beef is the most ­expensive meat ever sold in Australia. Aizakura Wagyu beef can trace it’s lineage back to the best beef in Japan which supports its hefty price tag and guarantee of quality.

Demand strong for Wagyu F1 cattle, with northern processors driving sales in the south

20th March 2015
NORTHERN Australian-based companies specialising in growing and marketing first-cross (F1) Wagyu are driving demand for the breed in Victoria.

Gina Rinehart forks out $25m for Wagyu cattle farms near Dubbo

19th December 2014
AUSTRALIA’S richest person, Gina Rinehart, has bought what is believed to the world’s second biggest Wagyu cattle herd outside Japan, snapping up two properties near Dubbo in NSW in a deal worth around $25 million.