Breeding school

For over 12 years, during the Thanksgiving weekend in October, Holstein Québec has been contributing to preparing the next generation of dairy breeders by offering young farmers, aged 18 to 25, the opportunity to take part in various theoretical and practical workshops related to dairy breeding.

During the three-day program, participants attend conferences on calf care, livestock marketing, farm transfers, pedigree analysis, genetic strategy evaluation and dairy herd production analysis. Practical on-farm workshops give students the opportunity to apply their newly gained knowledge in the areas of classification, sire selection, animal appraisal, body condition scoring and animal comfort.

Turn theory into action with the Holstein Québec Breeding School!

About the 2019 edition

Date : From October 11 (evening) to Octobre 14, 2019

Location : Hôtel Roquemont (105, Grande-Ligne, Saint-Raymond-de-Portneuf)  

Cost : 250$ + taxes (without accommodation : 200$ + taxes)

Final registration date : September 9th

To register , click here !


Week-end schedule

Friday, October 11th, 2019

6:30 pm to 7 pm: Participants welcome

7 pm to 7:30 pm: Welcoming word and team unveiling

7:30 pm to 9 pm: Conference on Holstien breading marketing (Holstein Québec) and explanation of the teamwork for the week-end


Saturday, October 12th, 2019

8 am to 8:45 am: Conference on farm transfert: « S'établir en agriculture » (Desjardins)

8:50 am to 10 am: Conference on genealogy interpretation (Holstein Canada)

10:15 am to 12 pm: Conference on genetics evaluation interpretation (CIAQ)

12:15 pm: Leaving for the farm and lunch on the site

13 pm to 3:30 pm: Workshop at Ferme Venance Julien & fils

  • Flesh approval, housing and animal comfort (Lactanet)

  • Classification (Holstien Québec)

4:15 pm: Back to the hotel and free time

7 pm: Dinner and free evening


Sunday, October 13th, 2019

8 am to 9 am: Conference on dairy herd production analyses (Lactanet)

9:45 am : Leaving for the farm

10:15 am to 12:30 pm: Workshop on genetic stategies at Ferme Rochelau Inc.

  • Evaluation of the value of the subject (Holstein Québec)

  • Sires Selections (CIAQ)

12:45 pm to 4:30 pm: Lunch et  final test at Ferme Jacobs + Auction simulation

5 pm to 6 pm: Free time

6:30 pm: Producteurs de Lait du Québec presentation on dairy production model

7:30 pm: Dinner with the partners, the farm owners and the Club adminstrators


Monday, October 14th, 2019

8 am to 9 am: Individual synthesis exam

9 am to 1 pm: Presentation of the teams in interview / Partners conferences

11:30 am to 1 pm: Lunch

2:30 pm: Syntesis exam answers and explanations

3 pm: Unveiling of the winners

4 pm: Back home


For more information, you can contact Roxanne Montplaisir at or 450-778-9636 ext. 236.