70 years of ag tradition

Sponsored by the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce

The Sioux Empire Livestock Show promotes and celebrates agriculture through an annual, authentic experience that educates and entertains the community; assists youth exhibitors financially with academic endeavors; and generates economic impact through national livestock consignments and trade show opportunities.

The low down on the Sioux Empire Livestock Show

The annual Sioux Empire Livestock Show is a great way for South Dakota’s largest city to celebrate the state’s number one industry, while recognizing the vital impact of agriculture in our lives.

The five-day Show features six purebred cattle shows and sales, with a $12,000 purse (sponsored by Tri-State Neighbor, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls and C&B Operations) that is split between the consignors and the buyers of the Supreme Champion Bull and Heifer, 4-H/FFA Invitational Calf Shows, open shows including Market Swine, Market Lamb, Market Goat, Market Beef, Feeder Steer, Feeder Heifer, and Breeding Heifer Shows, as well as livestock judging contests. Additionally, check out our commercial exhibits and don’t miss the Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions!

Purebred Cattle Shows & Sales

Interested in consigning a bull or heifer in the Sioux Empire Livestock Show Purebred Cattle Shows & Sales?

The Sioux Empire Livestock Show (SELS) is proud to feature the Purebred Cattle Show & Sale! New since 2021, we are welcoming an All Other Breeds (AOB) Show & Sale. If any breed consigns less than ten (10) head by the entry deadline, that breed will be transferred to the AOB Show & Sale. More details coming soon!

View the Purebred Cattle Sale & Show Rules and Regulations

All the details you need to know to prepare for the purebred cattle shows and sales.

General Cattle Health Regulations:

A current, completed Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI), listing individual animal official identification (official ear tag or registration tattoo accompanied by the registration certificate) must accompany all animals exhibited. The CVI must be issued within 30 days of entry. CVIs written for animals originating from outside the state of South Dakota must have a telephone import permit number listed on the certificate. Import permits are issued to the veterinarian completing the CVI and can be obtained by calling (605) 773-3321. Cattle originating from outside of the state may be subject to more requirements. Animal health import requirements can be found at or call the SD Animal Industry Board at (605) 773-3321.

TRICHOMONIASIS: All non-virgin bulls must be tested negative within 30 days of the sale date. Approved testing methods include:

  • One negative PCR test conducted on a preputial scraping sample.
  • Three consecutive negative culture attempts of preputial scraping samples collected with a minimum of seven days between each collection.

The veterinarian issuing the CVI must certify that the bull has not bred since the start of the test and a copy of the test results must be attached to the CVI. Virgin bulls are exempt from testing. MAKE SURE IT IS STATED ON THE CERTIFICATE IF YOUR BULL(S) IS/ARE VIRGIN. Cattle must be free of any infectious, contagious, or communicable disease at the time of entry onto the Fairgrounds. If warts have been surgically removed, the scars must be healed by the time of exhibition. Semen check is required on all bulls 15 months of age, or older, as breed requires. We must have the DATES OF TESTS AND WHERE THEY WERE TESTED (name of lab and address) listed on CVI.


Register for the Purebred Cattle Show & Sale!

Supreme Row

$3,500 to consigner
$2,500 to buyer

of Supreme Champion Bull and Supreme Champion Female

Thanks to our Purebred Prize Sponsor, EBY Trailers, Supreme Row consignors have the chance to win a 1-year lease on a EBY trailer.

On Thursday evening, the Supreme Bull and Supreme Heifer will be announced at the Supreme Row Social. Enjoy light appetizers and beverages while socializing with cattlemen and cattlewomen from around the region. All Champions will be also featured in a presentation at the Sale of Champions on Friday evening. At least one representative of the Supreme Champions, either the consignor or the buyer, should attend the Mayor’s Round-Up and Sale of Champions dinner. 


Livestock Exhibitor Information

The Sioux Empire Livestock Show hosts purebred cattle shows and sales, 4-H/FFA invitational calf shows, and opens shows, including: breeding heifer, feeder heifer, feeder steer, market beef, market goat, market lamb, and market swine shows. Visitors are encouraged to watch exhibitors compete free of charge.

View the Exhibitor Handbook

All the details you need to know to exhibit your livestock.
NOW available!


Entry Deadline & Fees

  • Early online entries accepted at a rate of $10 per contestant. Watch for more information for the 2023 show.
  • Late entries accepted at check-in, with an additional late fee of $10 per individual contestant ($20 per individual contestant, if you register at check-in). ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS.

Rules and Regulations

  • You must be from the same county or school to count as a team.
  • The contest is open to youth/students who fit into the age divisions below. Contestants can judge on a team that is a division above their actual age division, however contestants are not allowed to judge in divisions lower than their actual age division.
  • Age Divisions:
    • Beginner: Age 8-10 on or before Jan. 1
    • Junior: Age 11-13 on or before Jan. 1
    • Senior: Age 14-18 on or before Jan. 1
  • Team competition: A team consists of four (4) individuals meeting the above requirements. Individuals may compete but will not be eligible for team prizes.
  • Counties or schools can bring as many participants as they want, however, the top 4 scores will count as the team total. There will ONLY be ONE team score for EACH county/school.
  • Substitutes on pre-registered contestants will be accepted the day of the contest.


Entry Deadline:Jan. 9Online
Coaches Mtg./Check-In:Jan. 294 p.m.W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds Expo Building
Contest:Jan. 308 a.m.W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds Expo Building
Awards Presentation:Jan. 30Following oral reasonsTBA
  • Registration is closed! Watch for more information for the 2023 show.
  • Eligibility: Junior colleges and senior colleges in the U.S. are eligible to enter the Livestock Judging Contest. The entry form, however, must be signed by the official team coach, confirming that all members of the team are eligible to compete in the contest. Colleges can enter as many teams as they desire. To be considered eligible to compete, contestants must have attended full time at the school from which they are competing.
  • Participation: Each Livestock Judging Team will consist of five (5) eligible members and all team scores will count in the team total. Each team member, along with individual participants/alternates, will be eligible for individual overall awards in their division.
  • Divisions:
    • Junior College – Freshman – Contestants entered in this division must be enrolled in a junior college and cannot compete in this division more than two years.
    • Junior College – Sophomore – Contestants entered in this division must be enrolled in a junior college and cannot compete in this division more than two years.
    • Senior College – Contestants must be enrolled in a senior college.

Watch for information for the 2023 contest and be sure to visit our Facebook page to see this year’s winners! 

Show Results

Schedule for 2023

Barn hours are 5 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. Click here for a printable schedule. Schedule subject to change.

Tuesday, January 24
Noon - 5 p.m.Purebred Cattle Shows Check-InSouth side of Expo Building
1 - 3 p.m.4H/FFA Invitational Calf Show Check-InGrand Falls Casino Ring
4:30 p.m.70th Annual SELS Ribbon CuttingBackdrop area
5 p.m.4-H/FFA Invitational Calf ShowGrand Falls Casino Ring
6 p.m.Purebred Consignors MeetingNorth side of Expo Building
Wednesday, January 25
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.Purebred Cattle ShowsBig Country 92.5 KTWB Ring & Grand Falls Casino Ring
9 a.m.Midwest Communications Trade Show OpensNorth side of Expo Building
1 - 5 p.m.Purebred Cattle SalesTri-State Neighbor Sale Ring
4 - 6 p.m.Market Swine Show Check-InSmithfield Foods Ring
5 p.m.Midwest Communications Trade Show ClosesNorth side of Expo Building
Thursday, January 26
8 a.m.Market Swine ShowSmithfield Foods Ring
8 - 10 a.m.Market Beef Show Check-InGrand Falls Casino Ring
8 a.m.Midwest Communications Trade Show OpensNorth side of Expo Building
1-2 p.m.Market Goat Show & Market Lamb Check-InSmithfield Foods Ring
1 - 3 p.m.Prospect Calf Show Check-In Behind backdrop area
3 p.m.Market Beef ShowBig Country 92.5 KTWB Ring
3 p.m.Market Goat ShowSmithfield Foods Ring
5 p.m. *or 30 mins following the conclusion of the goat show* Market Lamb ShowSmithfield Foods Ring
6 p.m. Midwest Communications Trade Show ClosesNorth side of Expo Building
Immediately following the Market Beef ShowSupreme Row JudgingBig Country 92.5 KTWB Ring
Immediately following Supreme Row JudgingSupreme Row SocialTri-State Neighbor Sale Ring
Friday, January 27
8 a.m.Prospect Calf ShowBig Country 92.5 KTWB Ring
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.Breeding Heifer Show Check-InBehind backdrop area
5 p.m.Exhibitors MeetingNorth side of Expo Building
5 p.m.SocialNorth side of Expo Building
6 p.m.Mayor’s Round-Up & Sale of Champions North side of Expo Building
Saturday, January 28
10 a.m.Breeding Heifer ShowBig Country 92.5 KTWB Ring
6 p.m.Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest Coaches MeetingNorth side of Expo Building
Sunday, January 29
7:30 a.m.Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest AnnouncementsExpo Building bleachers
8 a.m.Collegiate Livestock Judging ContestExpo Building
NoonCollegiate Livestock Judging Contest – Reasons – Awards & Official Reasons to FollowSoutheast Technical College
12 - 12:45 p.m.4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Contest Check-InNorth side of Expo Building
1 p.m.4-H/FFA Livestock Judging ContestExpo Building