General Information, Rules, and Regulations

  1. All general rules and regulations of the fair will apply.
  2. Holstein entries should be sent to Amanda Cowan by August 12, 2024. Tel. 613-551- 6383. e-mail: prescottholstein@hotmail.com. Entries can be done by email or online via Assist Expo at www.assistexpo.ca/vkhfair and use the drop down menu to choose Holstein Show. 
  3. All cattle entries should be made on the entry form provided for livestock. Exhibitors must give:
    1. Name of animal
    2. Date of birth
    3. Registration number of entry
    4. Tattoo or ear tag number
    5. Name of sire
  4. All exhibitors must sign the declaration of liability insurance form at the bottom of the Livestock Entry Form.
  5. All dairy exhibitors must sign the exhibitor form regarding compliance to the Rules and Regulations for Showing Dairy Cattle. (These rules and regulations can be found on the next page). Agreement form to be signed can be found on reverse side of Livestock Entry Form.
  6. All cattle exhibited must be registered on the records of applicable breed association, in the name of the exhibitor. No animal will be accepted without an original pedigree or Animal Inquiry Sheet from Holstein Canada.
  7. Under no circumstances should an animal exhibiting signs of transmittable disease be shown. The show committee and other Fair officials have the right to refuse entry of any animal showing signs of an infectious skin disease (eg., warts, ringworm). If a vet check is required, it will be at the expense of the exhibitor.
  8. All cattle (dairy and beef) must have a plastic NLID tag in order to be exhibited. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  9. Entry for both individual and groups is 15% of the prize money won and will be deducted by the treasurer. 
  10. Prize money: 1st – $60, 2nd – $50, 3rd – $45, 4th – $40, 5th -$35, 6th – $30, 7th – $25, 8th – $20, 9th – $15, 10th to 15th – $10. 
  11. A maximum of 2 substitutions of entries owned by the same exhibitor will be permitted, up to fair time.
  12. All Holstein cattle must be on the grounds, not later than 9 a.m. Friday, and remain until 4 p.m. that day.
  13. Stalls are free but please be considerate of barn space.
  14. There will be no restrictions on the number of exhibits from a dairy breeding unit.
  15. Premier Exhibitor Award – An award is presented to the ex- hibitor/ owner (individual, partnership or institution) having the highest number of points won in individual female classes by not more than 10 animals owned by the exhibitor. This does not limit the number of animals that may be shown.

In case of jointly-owned animals, joint ownership is considered as one exhibitor. No part of the points awarded, counts toward the individual score of any of the joint owners. In case of any ownership changes during the show, ownership at final placement within the class will be used to calculate points.

Points are awarded on the following basis:


  1. 10
  2. 9
  3. 8
  4. 7
  5. 6


  1. 20
  2. 18
  3. 16
  4. 14
  5. 12
  1. Premier Breeder Award – An award presented to the breeder by prefix, having the highest number of points won in individual fe- male classes by not more than 10 animals bred, but not necessarily owned, by the winner. Calculation of Premier Breeder is readily determined in all identified cases from Certificates of Registry, by utilization of the animals prefix.
  2. Points are awarded as for Premier Exhibitor.
  3. Holstein Animals on Transfer – Animals are allowed to show on a signed transfer. The Holstein representative will remit the registration paper and transfer indicating ownership to Holstein Canada after the show.
  4. Best Uddered Female: The judge declares a best uddered fe- male in each milking class. A separate class is not necessary for Best Udder of the show.
  5. Drinking of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in all unlicensed areas which includes the barns and surrounding grounds. This rule will be strictly enforced. Sanctions may apply.
  6. It is the responsibility of the owner and/or exhibitor of any livestock (dairy or beef cattle) to ensure that EVERY animal under their care, have the required approved tag as per CFIA regulations BEFORE entering our Fairgrounds.  ANY livestock that does not have the required intact and undamaged CFIA approved tag will not be allowed entry to our fairgrounds and must leave immediately. 

Part 1

The following practices or procedures are unacceptable in the show ring of registered dairy cattle:

  1. Misrepresenting the age, calving date, number of lactations, or ownership of an animal;
  2. Filling an animal’s rumen unnaturally with liquid [tubing];
  3. Balancing the udder by any means other than by leaving naturally
  4. Produced milk in any or all quarters;
  5. Treating the udder internally with an irritant, counterirritant, or any other substance to temporarily improve conformation or produce unnatural animation;
  6. Treating the udder externally with an irritant, counterirritant, or any other substance to temporarily improve conformation or produce unnatural animation (Allowable practices/substances include sealing and setting teats, and the use of external anti-inflammatory substances for the well-being of the animal.);
  7. Roping udders and the use of objects to physically improve
  8. Definition of the suspensory center ligament;
  9. Administering epidural anaesthesia [blocking tails] and/or applying any irritant either externally or internally to the perineal [rectum and vagina] area;
  10. Inserting foreign material/articles under the skin, into the
  11. Topline [including hair not attached to its own hair follicle];
  12. Applying foreign material/articles on the feet;
  13. Performing surgery of any kind to change the natural contour of appearance of the animal’s body, hide or hair. Not included is the removal of warts, teats and horns, clipping and dressing of hair and trimming of hooves;
  14. Criticizing or interfering with the judge, show management or other exhibitors while in the show ring; as well as any conduct that violates, directly or indirectly, recognized standard show practices, or any other discreditable conduct that could damage the image of the breed or show;
  15. Wrapping hocks or draining fluid from hocks unless authorized by a veterinarian appointed by the show management.
  16. Excessive manipulation of hair beyond 1 ½ inches from the skin.

Part 2

All exhibitors and their fitters, agents or other representatives agree to abide by the following procedures:

  1. Exhibitors, agents, employees or other person acting on behalf of an exhibitor, shall deliver to an inspector upon request any hy- podermic syringe, needle or other device, swabs, cloths or other material, or samples or any medicine, preparation or substance, whether in liquid or other form, for the purposes of laboratory analysis.
  2. All entries and personal property of the exhibitors, their servants and agents and persons acting on behalf of exhibitors, are subject to inspection by inspectors authorized by a show.
  3. All such persons shall cooperate with the inspectors and shall provide all such information in connection with such inspections and shall provide access to the animal and all information reasonably required by inspectors in connection with such inspections and shall provide, if so requested, samples of urine, milk, blood, or any other body fluids suitable for analysis.
  4. Exhibitors shall remove any udder supports, blankets or other objects limiting the ability of the inspector to undertake a thorough inspection.
  5. The exhibitor agrees to act at all times in accordance with the Rules and Regulations for Showing and the Standard Procedures, and will accept any final decision made there under.

Violators are subject to the disciplinary provisions of the Standard Procedures and Penalties for Enforcing Rules and Regulations for Showing Dairy Cattle, and/or other show rules and regulations.

Open Holstein Show

Judged on Friday Aug. 16, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. by Jonathan Rylaarsdam of  Winchester, Ontario.

Entry Deadline: Aug. 12, 2024

  • CLASS 1 Female, Spring heifer, born after March 1, 2024. Class sponsored by Quality Seeds
  • CLASS 2 Female, Winter heifer, born December 1, 2023 to February 28, 2024. Class sponsored by MacEwen Agricentre Inc. 
  • CLASS 3 Female, Fall heifer, born September 1, 2023 to November 30, 2023. Class sponsored by Paul Lanthier Sales
  • CLASS 4 Female, Summer Yearling, born June 1, 2023 to August 31, 2023. Class sponsored by Major Feed Services, Lancaster.
  • CLASS 5 Female, Spring Yearling, born March 1, 2023 to May 31, 2023. Class sponsored by National Bank of Canada 
  • CLASS 6 Female, Winter Yearling, born December 1, 2022 to February 28, 2023. Class sponsored by Brunet & Wylie Ltd. Jeremy Gagne & Marie-Anne Thieuleux
  • CLASS 7 Female, Fall Yearling, born September 1, 2022 to November 30, 2022. Class sponsored by Synagri
  • CLASS 8 Junior Breeder’s Herd, A group of three (3) animals carrying the same prefix. The prefix is the first word of the animal’s name and it must be exactly the same for each animal. These animals must have been exhibited in their respective classes. The owner of the prefix does not have to own any of the animals in the group. (Prize money the same as previous classes). Class sponsored by TD Agriculture Services. Perpetual Trophy donated by the Nixon Family in memory of Kurt Barton.
  • CLASS 9 Female, Milking Yearling. Born September 1, 2022 to February 28, 2023
  • Class sponsored by David Vanseader Farm Accounting.
  • CLASS 10 Female, Junior 2-year-old, born March 1, 2022 to August 31, 2022.
  • Class sponsored by Timac Agro Canada.
  • CLASS 11 Female, Senior 2-year-old, born September 1, 2021 to February 28th, 2022. Class sponsored by DeLaval D.M.D Picard Enterprises Inc.
  • CLASS 12 Female, Junior 3-year-old, born March 1, 2021 to August 31, 2021. In milk or dry. If dry must be within approximately 8 weeks of calving. Class sponsored by Semences Supreme Seed
  • CLASS 13 Female, Senior 3-year-old, born September 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021. In milk or dry. If dry must be     within approximately 8 weeks of calving.

  1. Best Bred and Owned – In each class, the best bred and owned animal will be recognized, whose breeder is the owner or co-owner of that animal. The breeder must be eligible to exhibit either as owner or co-owner at this show.
  2. Junior Champion & Reserve Junior Champion Females will be chosen from the top two placings of classes 1 to 7.
  3. Grand Champion & Reserve Champion Females will be chosen from the top two placings of classes 9 to 20.
  4. Beauty and Utility – The cow with the highest BCA that placed in the top three of one of the senior classes. The exhibitor must show proof of the animal’s BCA by presenting a DHI record of production of a completed record for the cow.

Online Registration

Follow this link assistexpo.ca/vkhfair to register for an Assist Expo account to register your entries online!