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.
Hi, I am Tyler Kelly. I am the son of Greg and Dana Kelly, and the son of Anne Kelly. I am the second youngest and the prankster of a large blended family. I just recently graduated from Bullard High School in Bullard, Texas, where I was blessed with the opportunity to have been involved in a highly successful FFA program. I plan on attending South Plains College to judge livestock and to pursue a degree in animal science, which will eventually lead me into a career back in the industry that gave me so much.
My family has been involved in showing livestock since I was about three years old. It all started with my older siblings, Blake and Reagan, showing goats, cattle and hogs. Being the youngest of four full siblings, I grew up being my dad’s sidekick and following the footsteps of my brother and sisters. A lot of perks came with being the baby: I got to watch, meet and learn from some of the best in the industry. I was raised with a pure passion in my heart for showing hogs and cattle that developed from a saying that was imprinted on my brain, “Winners do things losers don’t want to do”. This saying that my mentor and Ag teacher, Mr. Dildine, had taught me and became my way of life.