Holstein Canada

About Us


About our Association

With a rich and long-standing history in the Canadian dairy industry, the Holstein Association of Canada began in 1884. The Association was incorporated nationally in 1901 and remains the only organization authorized to register Holstein cattle in Canada.

As a non-profit organization, Holstein Canada exists to help improve the breed of Holstein cattle across Canada. Our Association is seen as a leader in dairy genetics domestically and around the world. With more than 10,500 members, we maintain the Holstein Herdbook under the Federal Animal Pedigree Act and provide many services to our members. This helps to assist them in evaluating, selecting, and improving their herds through genetic improvement programs that help to enhance the profitability for dairy producers in Canada.

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Our Vision:

Leadership in Dairy Genetics
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Our Holstein Canada's Mission:

To provide leadership through genetic improvement programs to enhance the profitability for all dairy producers.


Our Core Values:

  • Customer-focused
  • Responsible leadership
  • Passion for the dairy industry
  • Utmost integrity and respect
  • Continuous improvement
  • Embracing technology
  • Open communication
  • Quality service

Milestones at Holstein Canada:

1930:
First Master Breeder award was given
1940:
Artificial Insemination (AI) certification to conduct AI business and register calves born from AI was approved
1973:
The first Red & White registration was accepted at the Association
1982:
Ear tagging at birth became compulsory and the first computer registration at the Association was introduced
1989:
The first National Judging Conference was held
1993:
Holstein Canada's bi-monthly publication Info Holstein was created to be mailed to all Association members
1996:
Holstein Canada launched its first ever website including the Animal Information Sheet (AIS) where online pedigrees were available for free, 24 hours a day
2002:
A newly-constructed building at 20 Corporate Place, Brantford, was erected for Holstein Canada's head office; staff moved in to their new home in January 2002
2005:
All-Breeds Classification was established for classifying other dairy breeds across Canada
2007:
Electronic transfer became available so customers could electronically change ownership of animals
2012:
Holstein Canada proudly hosted the 2012 World Holstein Conference: the 13th World Conference; but the first to be held in Canadas

Check out Holstein Canada's 2015-2017 Strategic Plan!