In 2015, the Open Class livestock entries totaled more than 835 beef cattle; 1,097 dairy cattle; 820 rabbits; 770 swine; 1,058 sheep; 161 boer goats; 877 dairy goats; 177 llamas; and 22 stock dogs.

  • Beef Cattle - Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Limousin, Red Angus, Shorthorn, Simmental
  • Dairy Cattle - Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, Milking Shorthorn, Red & White
  • Poultry - includes chickens, waterfowl, turkeys, pigeons, rabbits
  • Swine - Berkshire, Chester White, Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace, Poland China, Spotted Hogs, Yorkshire, open barrows, junior barrow show
  • Sheep - Border Cheviot, Columbia, Corriedale, Dorset, Hampshire, Lincoln, Montadale, Rambouillet, Southdown, Suffolk, other wool/meat breeds, market lamb classes
  • Boer Goats - fullblood/purebred, percentage, open wether classes
  • Dairy Goats - Alpine, LaMancha, Nigerian Dwarf, Nubian, Oberhasli, Recorded Grade, Saanen, Toggenburg
  • Llamas - suri, light/medium, and heavy fiber halter, non-breeder halter, performance classes
  • Stock Dogs - Rookie, Novice-Ranch, Pro-Ranch divisions


The open class livestock premium book and entry forms are available annually to view and print in early June. Information is also available by mail; contact the competition department and indicate which category you are interested in.

REGISTRATION: By entering online, entry and W-9 forms will be filled out electronically. Registration and payment for entries online will be available for all departments beginning the Monday following Father’s Day (June 20). Online registration will absolutely close on each department’s final entry closing date at 4:30 p.m. No late entries may be submitted via the online registration process. Entries may also be submitted via mail. Payment must be submitted at time of entry; if you do not pay, your entries are not accepted.


REGISTRATION: Opens the Monday following Father’s Day; closes 4:30 p.m. on the dates below:

  • Beef Cattle - Monday, Aug. 1 for mail entries; online entries close Monday, Aug. 8
  • Dairy Cattle - Monday, Aug. 1 for mail entries; online entries close Monday, Aug. 8
  • Poultry - Wednesday, Aug. 3, mail and online
  • Rabbits - Wednesday, Aug. 3, mail and online
  • Swine - Monday, Aug. 8, mail and online
  • Sheep - Monday, Aug. 8, mail and online
  • Boer Goats - Monday, Aug. 8, mail and online
  • Dairy Goats - Monday, Aug. 8, mail and online
  • Llamas - Monday, Aug. 8, mail and online
  • Stock Dog Trials - Monday, Aug. 8, mail and online

For further information, please email us at or call us at (651) 288-4417.


The open class poultry show will return to the 2016 Minnesota State Fair following the 2015 statewide cancellation of poultry exhibitions due to H5N1 avian flu. Some changes for this year: Shortening the length of time open class poultry is in the barn from eight days to four days; the rabbit show will be moved from the first weekend to the final weekend of the State Fair; and pigeons will show with open class rabbits. 4-H poultry and rabbits will remain in the first weekend.

These changes should alleviate some of the crowding issues experienced in the past, allow for growth in some entry classes, and be beneficial to the health and welfare of the birds by having a shorter stay away from home. Sign up for our email list for the most up-to-date livestock exhibition information.

The 2016 Poultry Exhibition schedule is as follows:

  • Aug. 25-28: 4-H Poultry and Rabbits
  • Aug. 29 - Sept. 1: Open Class Poultry
  • Sept. 2-5: Open Class Rabbits and Pigeons


Online registration will absolutely close at 4:30 p.m. on the individual department entry closing dates.

Please read the premium book rules before beginning online registration, as you are responsible for the important rules and conditions it contains regarding your entries.

Online registration begins June 20.


The information below may be viewed and printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5 or higher. If you do not have Acrobat Reader or have an older version, you may download the most current Acrobat Reader.

Links will go live as information becomes available.

Exhibitors entering in multiple divisions, please refer to the complete publication.

  • 2016 Livestock Premium Book (complete publication)

Exhibitors entering in one division; please refer to the section that applies.

  • IRS Form W-9
  • Link to IRS information for non-U.S. residents
  • Beef & Dairy Cattle Premium Book Section
  • Beef & Dairy Cattle Entry Forms
  • Swine & Sheep Premium Book Section
  • Swine & Sheep Entry Forms
  • Boer & Dairy Goat Premium Book Section
  • Boer & Dairy Goat Entry Forms
  • Llama & Stock Dog Trial Premium Book Section
  • Llama & Stock Dog Entry Forms
  • Rabbit Premium Book Section
  • Rabbit Entry Forms


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