71 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 (The First National Bank in Sioux Falls, First Bank & Trust and The Cattle Business Weekly) that is split between the consignors and the buyers of the Supreme Champion Bull and Heifer. The Sioux Empire Livestock Show also hosts a 4-H/FFA invitational calf show, junior shows including: market hog, market lamb, market goat, market beef, prospect calf, 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.

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 Heifer

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 Wednesday 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 junior shows, including: breeding heifer, prospect calf, market beef, market goat, market lamb, and market hog 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!

Internship Opportunities

Because our mission is deeply rooted in education, the Sioux Empire Livestock Show offers three paid livestock internship positions. These hands-on internships provide students with experience in event management, logistics, communications and vendor relations. This internship includes countless opportunities for networking with ag industry professionals. 

This paid internship is geared toward those applicants interested in learning how to work, manage, and execute livestock shows and sales. Interns will assist in execution of all areas of the Sioux Empire Livestock Show, which will be held January 23-28, 2024, at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds Expo Building in Sioux Falls, SD.

Interns will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Help facilitate move-in/set-up and tear-down of the event
  • Learn basics of ShoWorks software system to assist in show check-ins, as necessary
  • Assist in working alongside volunteers and staff to execute all events/shows
  • Answer exhibitors’ questions via phone, email and in the barn
  • Gather, organize and process livestock paperwork, health papers and registration papers
  • File, make copies and other miscellaneous office tasks

Internship Application Information

See details on requirements, working hours and how to apply for this position. Applications are due November 15, 2023.
Join our team!


Entry Deadline & Fees

  • Early online entries accepted through January 5th at a rate of $10 per contestant. Entries can be submitted here. More information can be found in the exhibitor handbook. 
  • Late entries accepted at check-in, with an additional late fee of $10 per individual contestant ($20 per contestant, if you register at check-in). ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS.

Rules and Regulations

  • This is an individual contest. There will be NO TEAMS.
  • The contest is open to youth/students who fit into the age divisions below. Contestants can only judge in the following age divisions:
  • 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
Entry Deadline:Jan. 5Online
Coaches Mtg./Check-In:Jan. 276 p.m.W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds Expo Building
Contest:Jan. 288 a.m.W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds Expo Building
Awards Presentation:Jan. 28Following oral reasonsSoutheast Technical College
  • 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.

Entry Deadline January 19th

  • Entries can be made by emailing or sending a message to the SELS Facebook Messenger. Include; Lot number, Photo Name, Exhibitor Name, and Contact information. 
  • Lot Areas:
    • Lot 1: Farm/Ranch Scene
    • Lot 2: Show Season
    • Lot 3: Farm Animals
    • Lot 4: Generations on the Farm
  • Late entries will not be accepted. 
  • Voting will take place on the SELS Facebook page from Sunday Jan. 21st – Saturday 27th.

Show Results

2024 Schedule

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

Tuesday, January 23
1 - 3 p.m.4H/FFA Invitational Calf Show Check-InGrand Falls Casino Ring
4 - 5 p.m.Purebred Consignors Meeting & Check-InNorthside of Expo Building
4:30 p.m.71st Annual SELS Ribbon CuttingBackdrop Area
6 p.m.4-H/FFA Invitational Calf ShowGrand Falls Casino Ring
Wednesday, January 24
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.Purebred Cattle ShowsBig Country 92.5 KTWB Ring & Grand Falls Casino Ring
9 a.m.Trade Show OpensNorthside of Expo Building
1 - 5 p.m.Purebred Cattle SalesSale Ring
4 - 6 p.m.Junior Market Hog Check-InSmithfield Foods Ring
5 p.m.Trade Show ClosesNorthside of Expo Building
6 p.m.Supreme Row JudgingBig Country 92.5 KTWB Ring
6:30 p.m.Supreme Row SocialSale Ring
Thursday, January 25
8 a.m.Junior Market Hog ShowSmithfield Foods Ring
8 a.m.Trade Show OpensNorthside of Expo Building
8 a.m.Junior Market Beef Check-InCheck-In Area
1-3 p.m.Junior Prospect Calf Check-InCheck-In Area
2 - 3 p.m.Junior Market Goat & Junior Market Lamb Check-InSmithfield Foods Ring
3 p.m.Junior Market Beef ShowBig Country 92.5 KTWB Ring
4 p.m.Junior Market Goat ShowSmithfield Foods Ring
6 p.m. Junior Market Lamb ShowSmithfield Foods Ring
6 p.m. Trade Show ClosesNorth side of Expo Building
Friday, January 26
8 a.m.Junior Prospect Calf ShowBig Country 92.5 KTWB Ring
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.Junior Breeding Heifer Show Check-InCheck-In Area
4:15 p.m.Sale of Champions Exhibitors MeetingNorthside of Expo Building
5 p.m.Mayor's Round-Up SocialNorthside of Expo Building
6 p.m.Sale of Champions Northside of Expo Building
Saturday, January 27
9 a.m.4-H Skill-a-thonNorthside of Expo Building
10 a.m.Junior Breeding Heifer ShowBig Country 92.5 KTWB Ring
6 p.m.Collegiate Livestock Judging - Coaches MeetingNorthside of Expo Building
Sunday, January 28
7:30 a.m.Collegiate Livestock Judging - 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-InNorthside of Expo Building
1 p.m.4-H/FFA Livestock Judging ContestExpo Building