Holstein Canada

Show Classes


The Holstein Canada Show & Judging committee is excited to share a new class structure plan that will come into effect for the 2021 show season. The new classes outlined below maintains the current heifer classes, offers a better platform for young cows and respects the older cows.

The addition of two extra milking classes is more relevant to industry trends for calving dates and divides the younger milking classes into more appropriate groups for date of calving. It is beneficial to see more young cows with today’s quick sire rotations and maintaining the older cow classes showcases the animals as they develop.

There are no changes to the dates of heifer classes but the names of the classes changed to represent the season the calf was born in. Heifers are currently grouped in three-month windows which is a short time frame and we have every confidence that judges place them by correct conformation and development for their age group so saw no value in changing this structure.

The Show and judging committee has taken an in-depth look at show classes over the past two years. Four resolutions were brought forward by the membership at the 2018 AGM asking that the traditional class structure be evaluated to see if it still represents today’s dairy reality or if there was a way to make it better. The input from individual exhibitors and members as well as their participation in the panel sessions and the dedication of the committee members has made it possible to present this new plan with confidence.

  • Makes milking classes more relevant to industry trends for calving dates
  • Gives added value to animals born in months that weren’t as important in the older system
  • Divides the younger milking classes into more appropriate groups for date of calving

2021 Show Classes

Summer calf: June 1 – August 31, 2021
Spring calf: March 1 – May 31, 2021
Winter calf: December 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021
Fall calf: September 1 – November 30, 2021
Summer Yearling: June 1 – August 31, 2020
Spring Yearling: March 1 – May 31, 2020
Winter Yearling: December 1, 2019 – February 28, 2020
Fall Yearling: September 1, 2019 – November 30, 2019
Milking Int. Yearling: November 1, 2019 – February 28, 2020
Milking Yearling: August 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Junior 2 year old: April 1 – July 31, 2019
Int. 2 year old: December 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019
Senior 2 year old: August 1, 2018 – November 30, 2018
Junior 3 year old: March 1, 2018 – July 31, 2018
Senior 3 year old: September 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018
4 year old: September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017
5 year old: September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016
Mature Cow: September 1, 2014 – August 31, 2015
Production: 60,000 kg

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