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.
What is your impression?
What is your footprint? Looking at the ground (especially in NM) you can see your footprints across the pasture, the barn, and the fairgrounds. My name is Jessica Burson, daughter of Cody and Cheri Burson. I am a fifth generation agriculturist and I wouldn’t ever ask for a better upbringing.
Here is my impression:
I was raised being hauled to livestock shows every weekend. I remember looking up to the older kids, thinking that I wanted to be just like them when I was older, mirroring good and bad traits. As I matured, I began to journey down the path less taken. One of the first times I realized that I could make a difference was when I was coaching a girl named Jesse on her sheep showmanship. She said that she wanted to be just like I was when she grew up. If that situation doesn’t put someone on the straight and narrow path, I’m not quite sure what would. I became who I am today because I wanted to be a leader to the younger generation, and be someone that they could look up to without any regrets. After I realized that I was being looked up to, I never wanted to disappoint anyone.
Because I knew that I was being watched by those who had pure hearts, my integrity was to never tarnish. There were times while exhibiting livestock that I could have taken the easy way out and walked away with the trophy and glory of winning. However, like I said earlier, I am the person to travel the path less taken. There is no greater feeling than accomplishing something that you have worked so hard at, putting your heart and soul into one thing. My integrity was encouraged at a young age, and I am so thankful that the Lord provided me with the strength and knowledge to stand up for what I believed in.
I have encountered some intense curve balls in life. Rather than dodging these troubling times, I learned to dance with them. Two years ago, I had big dreams and I was ready to chase after them full sprint. After my realization of how important life and family was, I began to sit back and focus on the simple things. I applied to the local community college to be close to my family, and help with the farms and ranches.