Australian Wagyu Forum

Top 3 Candidates – AWA 2020 Board Elections

Steve Bennett AWA ID: WIL

Many AWA members will remember Steve as a former Executive Officer of AWA, managing routine operations and BREEDPLAN development. Owner of Wagyu International, he is an accomplished animal scientist and consultant to fullblood and F1 Wagyu herd owners across Australia, with special expertise is in international Wagyu commerce, and we believe that ‘harvesting’ this expertise is an enormous opportunity for Australian Wagyu breeders and the AWA. If you tick just three boxes on the AWA electronic voting form, Steve Bennett’s name should be against one.

Mike Buchanan AWA ID: GIN

As current AWA Chair and a Board member since 2014, Mike has led Board efforts in reform for six years. He is a successful FB breeder, and a successful BREEDPLAN member. See details here. In 2020 alone, board initiatives have included a full business review of AWA, the first formal reviews of Wagyu EBVs, a new (Breeder) Index for Australian producers, initiatives in measuring and managing genetic diversity; and in recent months, a complete legal overhaul of the AWA Governance Charter, after the failure of mechanisms installed by previous management. Don’t let ‘wannabes’’ turn back the clock. One of your votes should be ‘Mike Buchanan’.

Wayne Grimshaw AWA ID: MOY

Outstanding Wagyu farm/livestock manager with 25 years hands-on FB and F1 Wagyu herd development expertise. With owner Bob Officer, built Moyhu Wagyu the industry-leading 550 fullblood breeder herd near Moyhu, Vic. A highly proficient beef herd data manager with an outstanding understanding of the full range of tools in FB Wagyu herd improvement.

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