Calgary - The Calgary Stampede’s Dairy Classic Championship Show is adding an extra element of excitement this year, welcoming the National Holstein Show to Stampede Park April 20-21, 2016. For the first time, the show and sale will take place in the Agrium Western Event Centre, and the public is invited to attend free of charge.

The Dairy Classic is a popular annual event at Stampede Park, where producers showcase the best of the best when it comes to Holstein and Jersey dairy cattle. The addition of the National Holstein Show in 2016 has further raised the event’s profile, and is attracting hundreds of producers and their animals from across the country.

The action begins Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. with the National Holstein Sale. The following day more than $30,000 in prize money will be up for grabs at the National Holstein Show and Jersey Show. Competition will be fierce with 44 classes of dairy cattle being judged on conformation and characteristics, and four classes on youth showmanship.  

More information on the Calgary Stampede Dairy Classic and 2016 National Holstein Show can be found on the Calgary Stampede website.

Five Fun Facts about the Dairy Classic & Dairy Cattle:   

  1. Since 1886, dairy cattle have been shown at Stampede Park (originally the Calgary Exhibition)

  2. Nearly 500 dairy cattle will take part in the show and sale at the 2016 Dairy Classic, most are Holsteins.

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

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

  5. Dairy cows must be milked at least twice a day, every day.

    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             

kbarnes@calgarystampede.com