Calgary – The best dairy cattle in Western Canada are gathering at Stampede Park to battle for bragging rights at the annual Calgary Stampede Dairy Classic Championship Show. The popular event takes place April 21-22, 2017 in the historic Victoria Pavilion. 

Nearly 50 Jersey cows and heifers and close to 100 Holsteins are settling into their stalls in the Stampede’s agriculture barn, with competition to get underway on Friday morning. When judging begins, producers young and old will showcase their animals in 35 classes where they will be marked on their conformation and characteristics. There are also four youth showmanship classes.  

This event is open to the public free of charge, with more details available on the Calgary Stampede Website.

NOTE:  For safety reasons, media planning to attend are asked to contact Kristina Barnes at 403-585-4706 prior to arrival.


What:  Calgary Stampede Dairy Classic Championship Show

When: April 21-22, 2017

           Friday, April 21 - Jersey Show begins 9:30 a.m.

           Saturday, April 22 - Holstein Show begins 9:30 am 

Where:  Victoria Pavilion, Stampede Park 


Five Facts about the Dairy Classic & Dairy Cattle:   

1.Youth as young as 11 years old are showing animals at the Dairy Classic in 2017.

2.Dairy producers from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia are in attendance.

3.An average dairy cow produces more than 30 litres of milk a day.

4.Approximately 95 per cent of dairy cattle in Canada are Holsteins.

5.Dairy cattle have been shown at Stampede Park since 1886 (originally the Calgary Exhibition).


About the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west.  The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together; we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values.  All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.


For more information, please contact:

Kristina Barnes
Communications Manager, Western Events and Agriculture
Office: 403.261.0382
Cell: 403.585.4706