Holstein Canada

Shows & Judging Learning Opportunities


Holstein shows and judging programs across Canada provide the perfect venue for young leaders interested in the marketing and promotion of the Holstein breed to continue and learn through hands-on experience at various shows and events across Canada. More than 300 shows are held each year with more than 200 youth shows held to help young leaders learn how to properly prepare and fit animals prior to the show; proper show ring techniques and practices; and good sportsmanship through fun competition.

Shows and Judging Programs

Holstein Canada is proud to sponsor the two largest dairy youth shows in Canada:

Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic Show

November 8-9, 2016 - Toronto, Ontario

The Classic held annually at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair brings 4-H youth from across the country together in an atmosphere of spirited competition and sportsmanship. First held in 1979, this celebration of youth has utilized an enourmous amount of resources from all of the contributers to this special event. After thousands of ribbons and prizes, tons of food and beverages and hundreds of hours of volunteer work hours, the ultimate reward is the smiles of accomplishment that it brings to the faces of the competing  4-H'ers.

Western Canadian Classic

August 24-27, 2016 - Brandon, Manitoba

The Western Canadian Classic (WCC) is hosted each year by one of the four western provinces  A total of 100 young adults and youth between the ages of 12-21 take part in many activities.  These activities are clipping, dairy science quiz, judging, stall competition, showmanship and conformation classes.  During the 5 day competition, competitors also participate in fun activities planned for them in the evenings. The purpose of this competition is to provide on opportunity for our youth to improve their skills in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and public speaking.  During this event they have the opportunity to meet new people and to stimulate and maintain interest in the agriculture industry.

National Judging Convention- Young Leader Program

June 26-28, 2017

The National Judging Conference, held every three years, now also includes a Young Leader Program. Following a successful pilot year in 2014, going forward each province will select one young leader (19-30 years old) to attend and participate in the conference. The provincial young leader representative will be someone demonstrating interest in the judging program either through actual judging experiences or judging school participation.