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.
“You have to be good enough, to get close enough, to get lucky enough” this is a quote our family has lived by.
For those of you who do not know me, I am Blake Danner and reside in Chalmers, Indiana. I have a strong love for Chester White pigs but have also shown goats, sheep, and cattle very successfully. My love for Chesters started the summer of 2004, the first year our family went to the World Pork Expo. I was sitting ring side with Jim Rodibaugh and pointed to the Chester Whites and told him I wanted one of those. That fall I showed at the North American Livestock Exposition with my first Chester. At the age of 5 years old, I was named Champion Chester White market hog and high fived every single person when I walked out of the ring!
This was the start of my strong love for Chesters! Over the course of the next several years I have quite a bit of success showing in the swine arena. For me, the most frustrating part at times was my older sister usually got the best pigs since she had less years of showing in 4-H. Therefore the only way for me to beat her was to out show her! In my first year of 4-H my dad messed up and didn’t get a Yorkshire barrow on my sister’s paper to show. This is when I got very excited; this was her best barrow on feed and luckily he was on my 4-H paper! That summer I worked harder than I ever could and this barrow pranced around the arena showing as perfectly as I could have asked! Later that evening “Jimmy Johns” was named Grand Champion Barrow at the 2008 White County 4-H Fair.