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Canadian National Holstein Convention 2016
May 2, 2016

Brantford, Ont. – Nearly 500 Holstein enthusiasts joined many local members in Alberta as Holstein Canada’s National Holstein Convention and 133rd Annual General Meeting was held April 19-23, 2016 in Calgary, Edmonton and Banff. The volunteer organizing committee, under the chairmanship of Glenn Hockley, did a fantastic job of ensuring the convention lived up to the “Just Majestic” event they had promised which included a number of new innovations and historic milestones.

Visit the National Convention Website link below to register for tours or to purchase Master Breeder Tickets.

The infamous phrase “The Best in the West” has never rung truer than when it comes to describing the upcoming Holstein Canada Convention Show, to be held in the “newly opened” Calgary Stampede Agrium Western Events Center on Thursday, April 21st. (read more below). Be sure to visit the NEW website for the National Convention too!

Click HERE to visit the National Convention Website
Click HERE to view the Facebook Page for the National Convention
Click HERE for registration and more details
Click HERE for the National Convention Show Page
Click HERE for the National Convention Sale Page

2016 National Holstein Convention Proves to be Just Majestic

Brantford, Ont. – Nearly 500 Holstein enthusiasts joined many local members in Alberta as Holstein Canada’s National Holstein Convention and 133rd Annual General Meeting was held April 19-23, 2016 in Calgary, Edmonton and Banff. The volunteer organizing committee, under the chairmanship of Glenn Hockley, did a fantastic job of ensuring the convention lived up to the “Just Majestic” event they had promised which included a number of new innovations and historic milestones.

Farm Tours, Sale, Show & Festivities

It was a week full of incredible Western hospitality. Convention participants were welcomed by more than 18 different Holstein families who opened their barn doors for farm tour day to showcase their fantastic herds and operations. Along with seeing well managed operations, tour participants were impressed by the blue skies, large fields and discovering the important contribution Hutterite colonies make to the Western industry.

The 2016 National Holstein Sale drew large crowds and averaged $5,433 on 102 lots. Topping the sale was Lot #15, Westcoast Spring Gafney 3701 – a December 2015 heifer calf that sold for $50,000. The 2016 Calgary Stampede National Holstein Show was a great success with 230 head being placed by Judge Gerald Coughlin of Ontario. Winning the inaugural and historic Genomic Championship was Barclay Doorman Cobra owned by Hamming Holsteins Ltd. of Vernon, B.C. At the end of the show, it was the winning 4-Yr-Old, Wendon Dempsey Prude, who captured the attention of Judge Coughlin and was crowned Grand Champion of the show for owners Westcoast Holsteins of British Columbia. Taking Grand Champion honours in the RW portion of the Show was Westliberty Absolute Satin, the second placed 5-Year-Old. Both Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor were awarded to Wendon Holsteins of Red Deer, Alta.

Throughout the week, convention participants were treated to a wide variety of Western inspired events, socializing, food and entertainment.

Annual General Meeting

The 133rd Holstein Canada Annual General Meeting (AGM) was well-attended with close to 400 people in attendance in Banff, Alta. The Convention’s official Twitter hashtag #justmajestic was used to share information and updates on social media channels for members not able to make trip to Banff.

The following are highlights from reports given at the 2016 AGM:

  • Outgoing President John Buckley of Lindsay, Ontario reviewed the main activities of a busy and positive year, during which members were top priority. Youth, close links with DFC, technology and international promotion were other main projects during President John’s mandate. John added he felt Canadian Holsteins have never been better and this is due to outstanding producer management skills, great sires, our genetic evaluation system, genomics and Holstein Canada’s core services being so well used by members coast to coast.
  • Chairman of the Board Robert Chabot reviewed the many Board decisions and activities in 2015-2016, which were fed by 11 busy committees. Highlights included support of Pro$, a revamped LPI, hosting the Conference of the Americas and meetings which brought Board and members together.
  • CEO Ann Louise Carson presented the administrative report outlining top business highlights from 2015 which saw registration levels being just shy of record levels, while number of cows classified remained stable. Ann Louise added the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan was being followed very closely. Having just returned from the World Holstein Conference which brought together people from 35 countries, Ann Louise concluded by stating that Canadian members need to appreciate, defend and even be humbled by the benefits of Supply Management, as Canada was the envy of all countries. To this end, Ann Louise was proud to discuss the reasons Holstein Canada was glad to work with DFC on the animal care pillar of proAction – one more tangible example of Partner Collaboration. She thanked Industry and members for their support during the recent transition to new Herdbook software.
  • Finance Committee Chair Orville Schmidt reported Holstein Canada reported a net excess of revenues over expenses of $97,013 on operating revenue of $11.6 million, with the Reserve fund also remaining strong.
  • Nine resolutions were presented to the membership for consideration with eight being passed. They touch the areas of Awards, Shows, Genetic traits and Youth.
  • One of the many additions to this year’s Convention was a preview of the Classification updates, by Committee Chair Gerald Schipper which will come into effect in June. These changes impact crampiness, feet & legs, rump, chest width and maximum final score for 1st lactation animals. See the May-June issue of the InfoHolstein for full details.
  • Breed Advisory Committee member Gilles Côté gave an update on Year two of the Canadian Breed Strategy Vision 2020, which touches all areas of the industry.
  • In another “first”, DFC President Wally Smith addressed the crowd. He thanked Holstein Canada for the close collaboration, especially in proAction, due to the clear synergy between our two national associations. Wally took the opportunity to remind Holstein members of the strength and importance of solidarity among provinces for the future of Supply Management.

 

Those in attendance celebrated the Century of Holstein award presentations made to three families recognized for 100 years of continuous membership with Holstein Canada: the Webb family, Roseneath, Ont.; the Smith Family, Port Perry, Ont.; and the Brown family, Fenwick, Ont. Two distinguished certificates were also presented at this year’s meeting. Norm and Marj Atkins of Leduc, Alta. were presented with a Certificate of Superior Accomplishment, while Bruce Witmer of Cambridge, Ont. received a Certificate of Recognition. Association Education awards were also recognized by the participants.

Guest Speaker Sid Marty was very well-received by those in attendance. Marty’s presentation on “National Parks” captured the audience as he told stories about the origin of Alberta’s first park, the discovery of hot springs, George Busby and the Grizzly bear “The Boss” and other humourous events that have happened in the park over the years .

2015 Cow of the Year Announced

Earning the 2015 title of Cow of the Year was Val-Bisson Goldwyn Maya. Bred and owned by Ferme Val-Bisson Inc. of St Polycarpe, QC. Owners Elyse Gendron and Jean Bissonnette were on-hand to accept the award.

Robert Chabot Elected New President for 2016-2017

Following the AGM, the Holstein Canada Board of Directors elected Robert Chabot of Saint-Patrice, Que. (BELFAST & GEN-I-BEQ) as the 2016-2017 Holstein Canada President. Robert will be supported by 1st Vice-President, Orville Schmidt of Rollyview, Alta. (SOUTHRISE) with Harry Van der Linden of Antigonish, N.S. (LINDENRIGHT) selected to fill the 2nd Vice-President position.

Master Breeders Celebrated

To conclude a fantastic week in Alberta, a wonderful, energy-filled and Northern Lights-inspired evening was held to celebrate and honour the achievements of the 21 Master Breeders. To celebrate the fact that the 1000th shield was awarded, breed historian Doug Blair gave a much appreciated recap of the road travelled since the first plaque was awarded in 1929.

Congratulations again to the 21 families and individuals who received their Master Breeder shield in 2015! In addition to surpassing 1,000 shields awarded, this year’s historic crop of winners also included the first fourth-time shield recipient (HIGH POINT) and the first syndicate group winner (GEN-I-BEQ).

2017 Convention plans already underway!

Hank Sinatra and the Udder4 serenaded the crowd singing “Moo York” as the 2017 Convention committee made their official invitation for Holstein enthusiasts to “Experience the City Lights” at the 2017 National Holstein Convention, which will be held from April 4-8, 2017 in Markham, Ont. Look forward to seeing more details as the final 2017 Convention schedule is set and website is launched in the fall of 2016!

2015 Annual Report Available to all Members

For those Holstein Canada members interested in receiving a FREE copy of the 2015 Annual Report, please contact Jennifer Kyle at [email protected] or by calling 1-855-756-8300 ext. 234. Alternatively, the Annual Report can be found online on Holstein Canada’s website by clicking the following link or visiting www.holstein.ca à News & Events à Annual Report.

To read more about the fantastic time experienced by all at the 2016 National Holstein Convention, look forward to reading more in the July-August issue of InfoHolstein!

Le Congrès national Holstein 2016 était « Simplement majestueux »

Brantford (Ont.) – Le Congrès national Holstein et la 133e Assemblée générale annuelle de Holstein Canada se sont déroulés en Alberta du 19 au 23 avril 2016 à Calgary, Edmonton et Banff où près de 500 passionné(e)s Holstein ont rejoint les nombreux membres locaux. Sous la présidence de Glenn Hockley, le comité organisateur composé de bénévoles a fait un travail fantastique pour que le Congrès soit « Simplement majestueux » comme ils nous l’avaient promis avec des innovations et des jalons historiques au programme.

Visites de fermes, Vente, Jugement et festivités

L’accueil de l’Ouest fut incroyable tout au long de la semaine. Plus de 18 familles Holstein ont ouvert les portes de leurs étables et ont présenté leurs fantastiques troupeaux et exploitations aux participants du Congrès lors de la journée des visites de fermes. Les participants ont pu voir des exploitations bien gérées et ont été impressionnés par le grand ciel bleu et les vastes étendues cultivées, et ils ont pu découvrir l’importante contribution des colonies huttériennes à l’industrie de l’Ouest.

La Vente nationale Holstein 2016 a attiré une foule nombreuse et a enregistré une moyenne de 5 433 $ sur un total de 102 lots. En tête de la Vente, le lot n°15, Westcoast Spring Gafney 3701 – une génisse de décembre 2015 qui s’est vendue pour 50 000 $. L’Exposition nationale Holstein 2016 organisée sur les terrains d’exposition du Calgary Stampede fut une grande réussite avec 230 têtes classées par le juge Gerald Coughlin de l’Ontario. Pour la toute première fois dans l’histoire Holstein, une classe génomique y a été ajoutée : Barclay Doorman Cobra, propriété de Hamming Holstein Ltd. de Vernon (C.-B.) a remporté le titre de Championne génomique. À la fin du jugement, c’est Wendon Dempsey Prude, gagnante de la classe 4 ans et propriété de Westcoast Holsteins (C.-B.), qui a retenu l’attention du juge Coughlin et qui a été couronnée Grande Championne de l’exposition. Westliberty Absolute Satin, classée 2e de la classe 5 ans, a remporté les honneurs de Grande Championne R. et B. Wendon Holsteins de Red Deer (Alb.) a remporté les titres de Meilleur éleveur et Meilleur exposant.

Tout au long de la semaine, une grande variété d’événements, d’activités, de victuailles et de divertissements inspirés de l’Ouest ont été proposés aux participants au Congrès.

Assemblée générale annuelle

La 133e Assemblée générale annuelle (AGA) de Holstein Canada a enregistré un bon taux de participation : près de 400 personnes étaient présentes à Banff (Alb.). Sur Twitter, le mot-clic officiel du Congrès #justmajestic a été utilisé afin de partager des informations et des mises à jour pour les membres n’ayant pas pu faire le voyage à Banff.

Voici les points saillants des rapports donnés à l’AGA 2016 :

  • Le président sortant John Buckley de Lindsay (Ont.) a passé en revue les principales activités d’une année bien achalandée et positive, au cours de laquelle les membres étaient la priorité. La jeunesse, les liens étroits avec les PLC, la technologie et la promotion internationale étaient les autres projets principaux du mandat du président John. Ce dernier a ajouté qu’il pensait que les Holstein canadiennes sont présentement à leur meilleur grâce aux compétences exceptionnelles en régie de troupeau des producteurs, aux superbes taureaux, à notre système d’évaluation génétique, à la génomique et à la bonne utilisation des services de base de Holstein Canada par les membres d’un océan à l’autre.
  • Robert Chabot, président de séance du conseil, a passé en revue les nombreuses décisions et activités du conseil d’administration – appuyé par 11 comités très occupés – pour l’année 2015-2016. Parmi les points saillants : le soutien à Pro$, un IPV remanié, l’accueil de la Conférence des Amériques et des réunions qui ont rapproché le conseil et les membres.
  • La chef de la direction Ann Louise Carson a présenté le rapport administratif en reprenant les points saillants commerciaux de l’année 2015, à savoir : un niveau des inscriptions tout proche des niveaux record et un nombre de vaches classifiées stable. Ann Louise a ajouté que le Plan stratégique 2015-2017 était suivi de très près. Ayant participé à la Conférence mondiale Holstein juste avant le Congrès, conférence qui a rassemblé des personnes de 35 pays différents, Ann Louise a conclu son allocution en disant que les membres canadiens doivent apprécier, défendre et même faire preuve d’humilité face aux avantages du système de la gestion de l’offre, car tous les pays envient la situation du Canada. À cette fin, Ann Louise était fière d’énoncer les raisons pour lesquelles Holstein Canada se réjouit de travailler avec les PLC sur le pilier du bien-être des animaux de proAction® – un exemple concret de plus de collaboration entre les partenaires. Elle a remercié l’industrie et les membres pour leur soutien pendant la récente transition vers le nouveau logiciel du livre généalogique.
  • Orville Schmidt, président du Comité des finances, a indiqué que Holstein Canada rapporte un excédent net des revenus sur les dépenses de 97 013 $ pour un revenu d’exploitation de 11,6 millions $; la position du Fonds de réserve reste aussi forte.
  • Neuf (9) résolutions ont été présentées aux membres et huit (8) ont été adoptées : elles se rapportent aux reconnaissances, aux expositions, aux critères génétiques et à la jeunesse.
  • L’un des nombreux ajouts au Congrès de cette année était une mise à jour sur les changements au programme de la classification qui entreront en vigueur en juin, présentée par le président du Comité consultatif sur la classification, Gerald Schipper. Ces changements toucheront la raideur, les pieds et membres, la croupe, la largeur du poitrail et le score final maximal pour les animaux de 1re lactation. Pour connaître tous les détails, merci de vous référer au numéro de mai-juin de l’InfoHolstein.
  • Gilles Côté, membre du Comité consultatif sur la race, a fait le point sur la deuxième année de la Vision 2020 de la Stratégie de la race au Canada qui touche tous les secteurs de l’industrie.
  • Une autre « première » au Congrès fut l’allocution du président des PLC, Wally Smith, qui a remercié Holstein Canada pour son étroite collaboration, en particulier avec proAction®, en raison de la synergie claire entre nos deux associations nationales. Wally en a profité pour rappeler aux membres Holstein la force et l’importance de la solidarité entre les provinces pour l’avenir de la gestion de l’offre.

 

Les participants ont célébré les reconnaissances Un siècle de Holstein. Trois familles ont été récompensées pour 100 ans d’adhésion continue chez Holstein Canada : la famille Webb de Roseneath (Ont.), la famille Smith de Port Perry (Ont.) et la famille Brown de Fenwick (Ont.). Deux certificats de distinction ont été remis cette année : Norm et Marj Atkins de Leduc (Alb.) ont reçu le Certificat de mérite supérieur, et Bruce Witmer de Cambridge (Ont.) a reçu le Certificat de reconnaissance. Les lauréat(e)s des bourses d’études de l’Association ont également été mis à l’honneur.

Sid Marty, conférencier invité, a été très bien accueilli par les participants. Sa présentation sur les « Parcs nationaux » a captivé les participants : Sid Marty a raconté l’origine du premier parc de l’Alberta et a parlé de l’histoire de la découverte des sources thermales, de George Busby et du grizzli « The Boss » ainsi que d’autres anecdotes amusantes qui ont eu lieu dans le parc au fil des ans.

Annonce de la Vache de l’année 2015

Le titre de Vache de l’année 2015 a été décerné à Val-Bisson Goldwyn Maya, propriété de et élevée par la Ferme Val-Bisson Inc. de Saint-Polycarpe (Qc). Ses propriétaires, Elyse Gendron et Jean Bissonnette, étaient sur place pour recevoir cette reconnaissance.

Robert Chabot élu nouveau président pour l’année 2016-2017

Après l’AGA, le conseil d’administration de Holstein Canada a élu Robert Chabot de Saint-Patrice, Qc (BELFAST et GEN-I-BEQ) au poste de président de Holstein Canada 2016-2017. Robert sera épaulé par le 1er vice-président Orville Schmidt de Rollyview, Alb. (SOUTHRISE) et par le 2e vice-président, Harry Van der Linden d’Antigonish, N.-É. (LINDENRIGHT).

Célébration des Maîtres-éleveurs

Pour conclure une semaine fantastique en Alberta, une soirée magnifique, pleine d’énergie et inspirée des aurores boréales était organisée pour célébrer et mettre à l’honneur les réalisations de 21 Maîtres-éleveurs. Cette année était particulière puisque c’était l’année de la 1000e plaque de Maître-éleveur, et à cette occasion, l’historien de la race Doug Blair a fait une allocution très appréciée sur le chemin parcouru depuis 1929, année où la première plaque a été décernée.

Nous renouvelons nos félicitations aux 21 familles et individus qui ont reçu le titre de Maître-éleveur 2015! Cette année était historique à plus d’un titre, car en plus de dépasser le seuil des 1000 plaques décernées, on comptait parmi les lauréats de cette année le tout premier récipiendaire d’une quatrième plaque (HIGH POINT) et le tout premier partenariat élevé au rang de Maître-éleveur (GEN-I-BEQ).

L’organisation du Congrès 2017 est déjà lancée!

Pendant que le Comité du Congrès 2017 faisait son invitation officielle au Congrès national Holstein 2017, Hank Sinatra and the Udder4 ont chanté « Moo York. » Les passionné(e)s Holstein sont invités au Congrès 2017 à Markham (Ont.) du 4 au 8 avril 2017 sous le thème « Découvrez les lumières de la ville. » Plus de détails seront annoncés une fois que le programme du Congrès 2017 sera arrêté et que le site Web sera lancé à l’automne 2016!

Le Rapport annuel 2015 est à la disposition des membres

Si vous êtes membre de Holstein Canada et que vous souhaitez recevoir une copie GRATUITE du Rapport annuel 2015, merci de contacter Jennifer Kyle à [email protected] ou par téléphone au 1 855 756-8300, poste 234. Vous pourrez également retrouver le Rapport annuel sur le site Web de Holstein Canada en cliquant ici ou en allant sur www.holstein.ca à Nouvelles-Événements à Rapport annuel.

Au numéro de juillet-août de l’InfoHolstein, vous pourrez lire tous les détails sur la très belle expérience des participants au Congrès national Holstein 2016, ne le manquez pas!

Annual Meeting Highlights

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
March 18, 2016 – Hotel Room Block Cut-off Date
March 31, 2016 – Registration Deadline

 

2016 CALGARY CONVENTION SHOW: THE BEST IN THE WEST… AND MORE!

Calgary, Alta. – The infamous phrase “The Best in the West” has never rung truer than when it comes to describing the upcoming Holstein Canada Convention Show, to be held in the “newly opened” Calgary Stampede Agrium Western Events Center on Thursday, April 21st. This activity is slated as a definite highlight of the Holstein Canada National Convention, hosted this year by Alberta Holstein members in conjunction with the Calgary Stampede’s Dairy Classic Show.

“The Convention Committee has worked extremely hard to ensure the National Show is a very successful and memorable event for both the many exhibitors from across Western Canada, and the hundreds of spectators from every Canadian province,” proudly states 2016 Convention Committee Chairman, Glenn Hockley.

This “Grand Event” will innovate at many levels. Judge Gerald Coughlin from Peterborough, Ontario will have tough choices to make while judging Red & White (R&Ws) and Black & White (B&Ws) Holsteins simultaneously, while Andrew VanderMeulen completes his Jersey judging at the same time.

Highlights include:

  • The top two R&W’s in each class will come back for R&W Championships in each of the Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories.
  • Working with Holstein Canada, translation will be provided to allow the significant Québec based attendees to hear reasons in their language – and to reflect the true National nature of this activity.
  • Prize money has been increased, starting at $250 and $300 for heifer and milking classes respectively. Winners from the first 10 places will be compensated for a total of nearly $1,200 and $1,500/class for each of these categories.
  • Prize money for the Grand Champion B&W Holstein will be $1,000 courtesy of WestGen, while owners of the Reserve B&W Champion and the R&W Champion will take home $500.
  • Due to the “interbreed” aspect of this event, a Supreme Champion showdown between the B&W, R&W and the Jersey Champion has been organized, with the winner being awarded a trip for two to anywhere the Western Canadian based airline WestJet flies.
  • For the first time at a Western Canada Show, Holstein Canada’s complete “Show Ethics Program” will apply: this includes barn monitoring, topline hair measurement, and udder ultra-sounding for all lactating classes.
  • The greatest innovation is without a doubt Canada’s first ever “genomic class”. The top two animals in the five heifer classes, meeting a minimum of 2600 GLPI, will return for a Genomic Championship Class, where top awards will be based on conformation. The Champion Genomic heifer will receive $1,000 from Holstein Canada, and an IVF collection certificate from Boviteq West valued at $2,000. Reserve and Honourable Mention heifers will receive $500 and $250 respectively.

”Our Western Canadian exhibitors are first and foremost motivated by their pride and passion – showing runs in their veins,” adds Show Committee Chair Debbie Lee. “They are very excited about showcasing our great genetics to their fellow breeders from across Canada. We are glad to reward their efforts with over $30,000 in prize money, recognizing this covers only a part of their costs.”

Spectators will be exposed to more than just great Western dairy genetics – they will experience Western Canadian culture at its best! During the day, participants can become more familiar with Canadian agriculture companies by visiting a Trade Show of more than 20 companies on the concourse level of the show ring. The location will allow spectators the convenience of easy access and give companies a high traffic area.

Once the judges have selected their coveted Supreme Champion of the day, Western entertainment will consist of a demonstration by the Mounted Rifle Shooting Team and trick riders. This will be followed by an Awards Banquet at the end of the show where, during a delicious meal, the prestigious Premier Exhibitor and Breeder banners will be presented and the generosity of sponsors will be recognized. Participants will then move on to Beautiful Banff for the next Convention activities while the four-legged participants start their long journey home.

See you in Calgary on April 21st!

HOLSTEIN CANADA 2016 CONVENTION INNOVATES WITH GENOMIC CHAMPION CLASS
Brantford, Ont – The 2016 National Holstein Convention Show will be the first show in Canada to spotlight how genomics and conformation go hand in hand, by honouring top genomic heifers in the show ring. This will take place at the show in Calgary on April 21st under the watchful eye of Judge Gerald Coughlin, and in front of Holstein breeders from across Canada.
“Western Canadians have always been keen on new technology and new ideas, all while breeding great cows,” states Convention Chairman, Glenn Hockley. “It just seemed right to highlight genomics as we welcome our fellow Canadians to this showcase of great Western animals.”
The two animals from each of the first five heifer classes with the highest GLPIs (minimum GLPI 2600) will be eligible to participate in this Genomic Championship Class. The Genomic Grand Champion will take home a $1,000 cash prize, sponsored by Holstein Canada along with a certificate for a free IVF collection in B.C. at Boviteq West, courtesy of WestGen. The Reserve and Honourable Mention Genomic Champions will leave the ring with a $500 and $250 cheque respectively, thanks to sponsors Benbie Holsteins and RockyMountain Holsteins.
“Holstein Canada applauds the 2016 Convention Committee for its innovative and progressive initiative of including a Genomic Championship Class at the upcoming Convention Show,” adds Holstein Canada CEO, Ann Louise Carson. “This idea has been circulating in our membership recently as Holstein breeders discover the many advantages of genotesting – as both a management and marketing tool.”
The secret to success for interested exhibitors will be respecting some tight deadlines. Genomic samples (tail hair) need to be at the Holstein Canada office by March 14th to ensure genomic results will be analyzed by show time. Please use the form found here: https://www.holstein.ca/PublicContent/PDFS/GenoRequest_EN.pdf
Exhibitors are encouraged to write “Convention Show” on the form. Please note, Holstein Canada, and its affiliated labs, cannot guarantee results for samples received after March 14th. For more details, please contact Janine at Holstein Canada at 1-855-756-8300, ext. 206 or [email protected]

2016 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION SCHEDULE

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
− Farm Tours – Departing Edmonton
− Farm Tours – Departing Calgary

Agrium Western Events Centre – Calgary Stampede Park
− Western Welcome BBQ – 5:00 PM
− National Holstein Sale – 7:00 PM

Thursday, April 21, 2016 – Agrium Western Events Centre – Calgary Stampede Park
− Pre-Show Breakfast – 7:00 AM
National Holstein Show – 9:00 AM, Judge Gerald Coughlin, ON (Trade Show – Concourse Level)
− Awards Dinner – 4:00 PM
− Buses Departing to Banff – 5:30 PM
− Alternate Tour – Calgary

Friday, April 22, 2016 – Banff
− Banff Experience – Activity Tours
− MountView Barn Dance

Saturday, April 23, 2016 – Banff
− Breakfast – 7:00 AM
− Annual General Meeting – 9:00 AM
− Master Breeder Gala

Dates to Remember
− November 1, 2015 – Early Registration Opens (Tentatively)
− January 1, 2016 – Registration Opens
− March 18, 2016 – Early Bird Rate Ends
− April 7, 2016 – Registration Deadline

*Schedule times are subject to change
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Judges have been selected and confirmed the Canadian National Holstein Convention in Calgary for 2016
(June 25, 2015)
Our 2016 Dairy Classic judges have been selected. The Judge for the National Holstein Convention 2016 (hosted by Calgary Stampede Dairy Classic) will be – Gerald Coughlin of Trent Valley Holsteins & Jerseys.
The Calgary Stampede Dairy Classic also hosts a Jersey Show which will be held at the same time and the Jersey Judge will be Andrew VanderMeulen of Avonlea Genetics.

Check back often as we have more news and highlights for the upcoming National Holstein Convention in Calgary & Banff, Alberta April 2016!


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