• January 2020

2020 Sioux Empire livestock Show Mayor's round-up & sale of champions

The Agri-Business Division of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce organizes and hosts the Sioux Empire Livestock Show each January at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds. Now in its 67th year, the show features more than 1,000 agricultural exhibits throughout the week of the annual event. Thousands of people travel from around the region to buy and sell purebred cattle, watch the open livestock shows and visit the trade show.

The trade show is set up on the north side of the Expo Building and runs Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 22-24. The event features more than sixty exhibits ranging from agricultural products, animal supplies and agricultural services to western clothing boutiques, colleges, universities and home goods essentials. Attendees can visit with industry experts from across the nation.

The trade show presentation area features an elite speaker series along with complimentary lunch each day. Wednesday showcases the beef industry with a Pasture to Plate Luncheon, sponsored by Midwest Communications, and "Picking Up the Pace in Cattle Feeding through Breeding" speaker series sponsored by ABS Global. On Thursday, Eide Bailly will provide lunch and an agri-business speaker series centered around the hot topics of succession and estate planning, protecting your assets, income tax tips for farmers and ag finance. Wrapping up the week, Friday's discussion will focus on South Dakota livestock development, current opportunities for revenue and the future of the livestock industry, all sponsored by Reaves Buildings with a Pig-Nic (lunch) from Midwest Communications.

All events associated with the Sioux Empire Livestock Show are free to attend. Whether you are returning to your agricultural roots or getting your first introduction to South Dakota's largest industry, the Livestock Show is a fun way to support ag in our area.

Mayor's round-up & sale of champions


The Mayor's Round-up & Sale of Champions is the culmination of the Sioux Empire Livestock Show. Business leaders from across the community gather for a social evening, including a prime rib dinner and a live livestock auction and silent scholarship auction. The program features a presentation of the Supreme Champion bull and heifer from the week's purebred shows, an auction of the best market livestock and recognition of the 2020 Farm Family of the Year and Agri-Business Citizen of the Year.

The Sale of Champions is a big incentive for youth producers to attend the Sioux Empire Livestock Show. In 2019, more than $106,000 in premiums was paid out to 25 market livestock producers. By participating in the Sale of Champions, you demonstrate support for agriculture. A successful Sale of Champions encourages these youth livestock exhibitors to return to the Sioux Empire Livestock Show, as well as pursue a career in the agricultural industry.

Buyers who participate in the Mayor's Round-Up & Sale of Champions are paying a premium to the market livestock producer. This means you are not purchasing the animal on which you are bidding, rather the dollar amount is in addition to the market price they receive for their animal. Livestock can be purchased by cooperative bidders to increase buying power. Partnering with another business is a great way to bump up the premiums for the young producers.

Bring your friends and co-workers to enjoy a great prime rib dinner and the camaraderie of other members of the Sioux Falls business community while celebrating agriculture.

For more information please visit the Sioux Empire Livestock Show website.

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