Holstein Canada's National Judging Program
Canada is internationally recognized for our training and development program, which
helps judges learn how to properly evaluate dairy cattle. Canada’s judging program
has garnered many great judges and ambassadors for the Canadian dairy industry both
in North America and abroad.
Canada’s judging program has been shared with many other countries who consider
Canada’s judging program a gold standard in how to develop judges to ensure animals
at shows are being properly evaluated to match the desirable modern-day kind of
dairy cattle that all farmers like to milk.
Holstein Canada works with provincial branches to execute provincial judging programs
that are consistent and uniformed across Canada to ensure a uniformed national judging
program. Currently, there are 180 judges across Canada who belong to the National
Judge’s List that is managed by Holstein Canada. The following pages below outline
the general details of Canada’s National Judging program.
Holstein Canada's National Judging Conference
The National Judging Conference is a world-class training and development event
offered to Holstein Canada judges to help further develop and promote judges across
Canada. While each provincial branch holds evaluation clinics and judging conferences
each year, Holstein Canada holds a National Judging Conference every three years.
The Conference provides both an in-class session and practical judging session so
judges can be trained on matters relating to judging practices in the ring and then
the following day, put into action, what they were taught as they judge and are
marked in a practical judging setting. Only a select number of judges are chosen
each Conference to attend based on their level of expertise and experience as an
Official Judge in Canada.
Goals of the National Judging Conference:
- Have a truly ‘national’ focus
- Have judges make a commitment to their craft and invest in their judging career
- Attendance is mandatory for both the in-class session and practical judging session
- Provide mentorship opportunities for all levels of judges
- Hold first-class event that is enjoyed by judges personally and professionally
Judging Conference Guidelines coming soon!
International Judging Program
Holstein Canada works with the Federal Government through the Agri-Marketing Program
(AMP) to offer opportunities for Canadian judges to officiate abroad in foreign
countries. Over the years, Canada has sent over 50 judges to more than 100 countries
to evaluate and judge dairy cattle. Canadian judges have become well-respected and
knowledgeable resources for international countries on not only judging practices,
but management practices that Canadian dairy farmers use on-farm and in showing
other countries how to prepare animals for the show ring.
Selection of Judges
Judges are given international judging assignment opportunities based on their official
judging status; their judging experience throughout Canada; their score(s) received
at a National Judging Conference and provincial judging schools/evaluation clinics;
and their knowledge and ability to be an Ambassador for Holstein Canada and the
Canadian dairy industry.
Before leaving on an international judging assignment, all judges are provided with
an international judging package that outlines the expectations and requirements
of judging abroad, as well as what to expect in the country they will be officiating
All judges are also provided with a custom-made powerpoint presentation in
the case that they are asked to do a presentation that provides an overview of the
Canadian dairy industry and information on Holstein Canada programs and services.
Judges are also provided with promotional material from Holstein Canada to give
to breeders while on their travels.