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.
"Champions are not made in the showring they are just recognized there, if you want to see where they are made look at their daily routine." – Unknown
I would like to introduce myself, my name is Matt Whelan. I am the son of Chris and Diane Whelan and the little brother of Dannah Whelan. I live in Eufaula, Oklahoma and am a senior at Eufaula High School. Our family operates Whelan Durocs a small show pig operation in Eastern Oklahoma where we concentrate on raising Duroc and Crossbred show pigs. My entire life I have grown up around the show ring, some of my first memories are being with my family at our school farm taking care of my big sister’s pigs. My first introduction to pigs wasn’t the greatest, as a matter of fact, I hated them. I could not stand the loud noises they made and my parents would literally put gun shooting ear muffs on me when we entered a barn. They never thought I’d ever show a pig.