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February 05, 2014

Refrigerated beef

Cade Hurst, 14, of Farwell, was bundled in a good jacket as he played an air hose over the coat of his brother’s exotic steer Wednesday.
Opposite him and helping, Britiney Creamer, 24, of Montrose, Colo., was dressed even better against the weather, wearing a coat with a fur-lined hood.
“I’m warm enough in my coat, but my cowboy boots? No.” Creamer said. “My feet are freezing.”
The National Weather Service website showed 24 degrees in Fort Worth about noon Wednesday, with a wind chill of about 14. Inside the Fort Worth Stock Show’s cattle barns, folks were thinking the temperature was somewhere between those numbers. But that was OK.
“Cattle do a lot better when it’s cold,” said Trey Robertson, 42, of Breckenridge. “We’d rather it be 30 than 60 any day. This is a hair show. The more hair you’ve got the better your chances. If they get hot, they’ll slip their hair, and they won’t eat.”
Thursday should be delightful for the steers being readied for various show classes. Lows will be in the teens and there’s a chance of snow. Combined with north winds of 10 to 15 mph, the temps will make wind chills in single digits here, and slipping below zero in counties north and west of Tarrant, the weather service said.
Those counties will be under a wind chill advisory from 3 a.m. to noon, the weather service said, adding that frostbite, injury to outdoor pets and freezing of exposed pipes were possible. – Terry Evans

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Cade Hurst, 14, of Farwell, left, and Britney Creamer, 24, of Montrose, Colo., are bundled up against the cold as they work on an exotic steer being shown by Hurst's brother, Trey, 15, at the Fort Worth Stock Show. Photo by Terry Evans


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