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.
Oh the Places You’ll Go…
I would have never imagined when I read this book as a little girl just how much it would come to describe the many adventures I’ve had showing livestock and participating in all of my agriculture activities throughout the years. From showing pigs to judging livestock to being a milk spitter I’ve had many wonderful experiences in 4-H and FFA that have taken me near and far. Not only have I learned the skills that were necessary for the activity I was participating in, I’ve learned valuable life-long lessons that will help me with anything I will do in the future. I’ve learned about perseverance, hard work, and I have made many friends throughout the years.
Hi, I am Madi McKay. I am the daughter of Rick and Sheila McKay and am also big sister to my munchkin, Maci. I am currently a senior at Plainview High School where I’ve been very lucky to also have had my dad as one of my FFA advisors. I plan to attend Texas Tech University in the Fall and pursue a degree in agriculture communications and eventually have a career in the agriculture field.
My dad is a Texas Tech University graduate and has always been very involved in the agriculture industry in one way or another. He has always loved stock shows and everything that goes along with it, well almost everything. His love of the sport of stock showing was contagious and I couldn’t wait to have animals of my very own.