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Breeders at Black Hills Stock Show cope with cold temperatures

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It's been a cold winter, but the show must go on at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo.

Breeder Barb Carruthers came from the eastern part of South Dakota. She says it was a process to get here.  

"Just getting the cattle prepared and getting them cleaned, washed and clipped and ready for the show and taming them down has been quite miserable," said Carruthers.

It's not just this week that's been cold.  

"This winter has probably been one of the most severe winters that I ever went through, just because day in and day out, like especially starting to calf now it's been hard on the cows as well as the calves," said Carruthers.

Carruthers said she has neighbors back at home who are looking after her cattle. She realizes some people may not have that option.  

"Attendance is probably going to be down a little bit because people maybe have to stay home to take care of their cattle," said Carruthers.

"The numbers for this year's stock show and all the breeds is still pretty strong, we're down a few percentage points about equal to what our local participation typically is, but not anything noticeable at all," said Ron Jeffries, Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo General Manager.

Some breeders said their animals are used to the cold temperatures.  

"This week at the Stock Show certainly maybe been a little colder than usual, but you kind of deal with it and get through it," said Chad Zehnder, a breeder.

While they're at the Stock Show, breeders said their livestock is safe.  

"Obviously we got beautiful facilities here at the Stock Show that's climate controlled just plan a little extra time to get here due to the weather," said Zehnder.

"There still die heart breeders out here that are going to show up," said Carruthers.

Jeffries said due to weather, a rodeo team from Idaho could not make it to the Stock Show and had to cancel.

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