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Livestock shows, sales the heart of the Black Hills Stock Show

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RAPD CITY, SD —  It’s a misconception that livestock related events during the Black Hills Stock Show begin on the first Monday of the event – in this case Feb. 1.

Prior to that date, the Kjerstad Event Center on the Central States Fairgrounds has been filled with people and horses from across the country, competing in sanctioned AQHA and other breed competitions for eght days, Jan. 21-28.


That’s followed by the renowned Black Hills Stock Show Truck Defender 2-Day Horse Sale, Jan. 29-30. This year’s offering includes approximately 180 lots with horses coming from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and ev

ery place in between.   Long-time volunteer and organizer, Dean Johnson says the sale ring will see seasoned horses,  young babies, and  green horses.  “We don’t overload the sale in any single category.  There’s only so many buyers in any given market.”

The newly introduced (now in its second year) Show Rite Youth Beef Show is coming back with more competitors and more cattle, Jan. 29-30, in the Rushmore Hall of The Monument.

And more species.  A Show Rite Youth Sheep & Goat Show has been added to the schedule on Feb. 7 beginning at 9am at the Kjerstad Event Center.


The first Monday of stock show week opens the cattle shows and sale, Feb. 1 with the Angus Show beginning at

9am. Seedstock shows represent producers of 10  beef breeds who show and sell in a setting that is different from many other stock shows with a greater emphasis on the commercial connection. Stock Show also has been known to establish a trend in the upcoming spring bull sale production season,  in both breed popularity and price trends.

Another added attraction for seedstock producers at the Black Hills Stock Show is the Supreme Row competition.  Throughout the week, livestock judges are selecting champions within breeds.  Supreme Row sets each of those breed champions side by side in the ring, for three  judges to determine the best breed of bull and female, overall.

Seedstock shows and sales are held throughout the week….some of them remotely, such as the

The technology side of beef breeding attracts consignors and buyers from across the country to the Black Hills Gold Rush Cattle Genetics Sale Mon., Feb. 1, beginning at 6pm in the Rushmore Holiday Inn Ballroom. This sale offers producers chances at embryos and rights to flush. Angus, Hereford, Charolais, Limousin, Red Angus, Simmental, Maine and Club Calf genetics will be in the offering.

Debuting this year is the Black Hills Longhorn Sale, Wed., Feb. 3 at the Rushmore Holiday Inn, beginning at 6pm.  This will be an online-only event and feature foundation-bred females and exciting embryo pac

kages. Foundation bred females and  embryo packages are available. A great starter herd could be built from this sale where amazing pedigrees are represented throughout. Animals will be selling on the big screen or from the comfort of your own home.

According to Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo General Manager Ron Jeffries, around a million dollars of revenue is generated through cattle, embryo and horse sales.  “Our job is to provide producers an opportunity to reach more people who may have an interest in attending these breeder’s production sales held later in the year,” says Jeffries.

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