THE PURPLE CIRCLE symbolizes the upper echelon in the show arena. Attention is focused on producers and show persons of championship cattle, hogs, sheep and goats: hence the "Purple" in our title. The "Circle" in our title proclaims the unity and solidarity that livestock people share as we aim for excellence in our enterprises.
"Livestock people" encompass a broad spectrum of ages. Parents and children, leaders and youth, experienced and inexperienced assume a purpose and a role in selecting, caring for, and showing livestock. In the era of everyone "doing his or her own thing" the 4-H, FFA and open class show arena are some of the last bastions of family solidarity. We are confident that The Purple Circle will exert a positive influence in strengthening the family circle.
The Purple Circle will serve as a showcase and a public arena from which people from coast to coast can acknowledge winners from other areas of the country. The Purple Circle will attend national and regional livestock shows, state fairs and other shows as time permits, striving to keep you informed of news and trends in show circuits and helping you to become better acquainted with your colleagues in the livestock realm.
We welcome comments and suggestions from our readers and strive for excellence and the distinction of being in the "purple circle" of livestock publications and educational tools.
“Whatever you decide to do. Make sure it makes you happy.” –Unknown
When I was a little girl my dad would load me up in a little red wagon full of feed buckets and take me to the sow pens with him. I would sit in that red wagon and watch his every move with the sows. From feeding to checking to see if they were in heat, it was always so neat to see someone with such passion care for those animals. As time went on, I found myself helping my two older brothers feed, wash, brush, and walk their show pigs. I made it a habit to go everyday to help tend to the pigs. Finally after I learned how to walk pigs I began participating in PeeWee showmanship contests at every show we went to. Nothing made me happier than getting a blue ribbon, walking out of the show ring, and getting a big hug from my dad. I guess you can say ever since I was a little girl, being around pigs always made me happy.
From witnessing the miracle of baby pigs being born to learning how they got in there in the first place, I knew a lot of things that most young girls probably didn’t know at that age. But thankfully, I did. The swine industry was something I knew I wanted to be involved in for the rest of my life.