Livestock Show

Celebrating its 120th year, the 2019 American Royal Livestock Show will be held Oct. 16-27 and the Junior Premium Livestock Auction will be held Oct. 20 at the American Royal Complex in Kansas City, Missouri. 2019 Premium Book will be available by May 20th.

The American Royal began its existence in 1899 as The National Hereford Show. Since that time, the American Royal Livestock Show has grown to become one of the largest livestock shows in the nation! The American Royal has developed a reputation as one of the most prestigious and toughest competitions and draws an audience of owners, breeders, future business and agriculture leaders, and animal enthusiasts from across the country.  The Livestock Show is a national show that strives to impact the future of agriculture by providing educational experiences and scholarships.

In 2018, the American Royal hosted its largest livestock show in over 10 years. Nearly 1,600 exhibitors from 35 states made the trip to Kansas City for the Royal. Throughout the two week show, over 3,400 head of the nation’s highest quality cattle, hogs, sheep, and goats were exhibited at the American Royal Complex.

2019 American Royal Livestock Show Judges Announced

2019 Livestock Show Judges

DNA Received

If you believe there is an error or if you have submitted an identification number other than the following: Scrapies tag for lambs/goats, Tattoo number for steers, and Federal 840 numbers for swine, please contact [email protected].

DNA Received as of 9-9-19

Media Pass Requests

Media Passes will be available by request. Please email Tami Parr at [email protected] with your name, affiliation, contact information, and number of passes needed. Media Passes will be available for pick-up at the front desk of the American Royal offices during the event.

2019 Premium Book and DNA Order Form Are Now Available

Exhibitor Information
2019 Livestock Show Premium Book
2019 Animal Husbandry Form
2018 Market Weight Breaks
Livestock Blog

DNA Deadlines

All Market Animal DNA Due - August 9
Late DNA Deadline - August 16
($50 late fee per exhibitor)

2019 DNA Guidelines

Ownership Deadlines

All Market Animals - August 9
Pedigreed Gilts - September 16
Breeding Cattle - September 16

Entry Deadlines

Entries Due - September 16
Late Entry Deadline - September 20
($75 late fee per exhibitor)
All Substitutions Due - October 1

Exhibitor Info
2019 Market Animal & Breeding Gilt Entry Form
2019 Breeding Cattle Entry Form

Livestock Media Interns

Are you a writer, photographer, social media guru or livestock enthusiast interested in new experiences and sharpening your media coverage skills?

Apply for the American Royal Livestock Show Media Internship by September 20.





  • Interns will receive a scholarship, lodging, and experiences that simply can’t be gained in a classroom.
  • Two students will be selected to cover each week of the livestock show. Week 1: Oct. 17-20, Week 2: Oct. 24-27
  • Interns will attend shows/events, write human interest stories, contribute to the American Royal blog, generate content for
    social media platforms, shoot candid photos, and assist breed associations with recording show results.
  • Applying students must be enrolled as a college undergraduate. Plus, a personal laptop and digital camera are
  • To view past intern work, click “Livestock Blog” at

To apply, email your cover letter indicating internship week of preference, resume, and two work samples (photography and
writing) with subject line (Livestock Media Intern - Name) to [email protected] by September 20. Selected interns will be notified by October 1.