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a pig/sheep/cattle farm
▪ A pig farm in Dorset is the suspected source of the epidemic.
cattle grid
cattle market
cattle prod
cattle prod
▪ a cattle prod
cattle truck
dairy cattle
▪ Otherwise a simple plough was used. Black cattle, when they were used at all, ploughed light sandy soil.
▪ There were two types of cattle, buffaloes and black cattle.
▪ A few dark tracks criss-crossed the grey dew. Black cattle snuffed and chewed.
▪ Traditionally, ostertagiasis has been prevented by routinely treating young cattle with anthelmintics over the period when pasture larval levels are increasing.
▪ Lovely young human cattle herded by the cannibalistic Morlocks who lived a subterranean life and feared light and fire.
▪ Some choose to spend money mainly on seeds and others mainly on buying young store cattle or young lambs at market.
▪ Thus many farmers have young store cattle which they either sell at market or fatten on fodder crops on their own farms.
▪ It is clear that it is still campaigning to have licensed growth promotions reinstated for beef cattle.
▪ Barley straw is soft and palatable, and is widely used as bulk feed for beef cattle.
▪ Some farmers have beef cattle, some for breeding purposes or for showing purposes.
▪ He also runs beef cattle and 320 cross ewes.
▪ Livestock, in the form of beef cattle and sheep, accounted for about 90% of the income.
▪ Grass was the main crop with sheep, dairy and beef cattle providing the animal enterprises which utilised the grass.
▪ The Western world provides a willing market for forest products, particularly hardwoods and beef cattle.
▪ There is much permanent grass and more dairy cattle than in other parts of East Anglia.
▪ The farmers concentrated upon dairy cattle and sheep and were dependent upon weaving as a second source of income.
▪ A prize of nearly £2,000 for top dairy cattle has encouraged a huge entry of 777 animals, bucking downward national trends.
▪ Kale Kale is grown for feeding dairy cattle.
▪ Much of it is intensively managed grassland carrying a heavy stocking of dairy cattle.
▪ Without it, in my opinion, the profit does not compare with that of dairy cattle.
▪ Most lowland farmers keep some dairy cattle and rear calves as well as wintering and fattening sheep and lambs.
▪ An urbanized, unflamboyant son of a cattle farmer, he oozes Midwesternness.
▪ Who'd be a cattle farmer?
▪ Once Abdi was a cattle farmer.
▪ The Sahel cattle farmers can not compete.
▪ Picking his way between the groups of emigrants, he went in search of the family of Bambara cattle farmers who had befriended him.
▪ A large iron gateway sagged permanently open, beside a lodge house and a cattle grid.
▪ Hicks swung it open and they went carefully over an iron cattle grid and followed the trail downward.
▪ Go on to Trecadifor Farm and over a cattle grid.
▪ Follow the narrow road across the cattle grids and go uphill to Park House.
▪ Among items discussed were the Skipbridge village proposal and the resiting of Darlington cattle market.
▪ A cattle market used to be held in the square but now it serves as a the town's chief car park.
▪ In addition to the sheep and wool market, Hawkshead was well known for its cattle market.
▪ At the end of the day the cattle market closed.
▪ He stands up and starts threatening Paul with an imaginary cattle prod.
▪ And these, said Perdita, are the cattle prods.
▪ I, on the other hand, had backache and climbed it as though a cattle prod were taped to my spine.
▪ Equally threatening are the dozens of federally subsidized cattle ranches that have depleted underground water sources used by antelope and bighorn sheep.
▪ But the cattle ranches are shortlived.
▪ Most cattle ranches in Wyoming are.
▪ On to southeastern Wyoming, to the horse and cattle ranch of Alan and Lindi Kirkbride.
▪ Robert Daley settled the property in 1869, first as a horse and cattle ranch and then as a dairy operation.
▪ Petersburg owns the land, which has been an active cattle ranch for years.
▪ All this land was cattle ranches then.
▪ The drought could not have come at a worse time for Texas cattle ranchers.
▪ The grain inventories will show whether high corn prices have forced cattle ranchers and hog farmers to cut back feeding rates.
▪ Governments have frequently made matters worse by granting concessions to cattle ranchers on terms that have created incentives for reckless exploitation.
▪ After retiring from teaching, Sister kept working as a cattle rancher and writing books.
▪ They used to remind me uncomfortably of cattle trucks crowded with suffering humanity.
▪ Later two cattle trucks came, and the drivers put coveralls over their regular clothes and hazed the yearlings into the trucks.
▪ Later I realised that what made me uncomfortable was not that they looked like the inmates of those cattle trucks.
▪ Inside it was the size and shape of a cattle truck.
▪ This seems to explain the early prints showing people travelling in what were little better than cattle trucks.
▪ Haulage firms would then be allowed to take cattle to abattoirs, with the animals being slaughtered before entering the food chain.
▪ Tiny producers, for example, have little incentive to invest large sums in artificial insemination in order to breed better cattle.
▪ They breed cattle and sheep, and their two younger sons help them.
▪ Thousands of pastoralists have brought their cattle to Nairobi in a desperate search for grazing.
▪ A variation was to drive cattle on to cultivated land, and then have damages assessed at the full value of the animals.
▪ If the drought continues, officials fear it could drive cattle producers and farmers out of business permanently.
▪ A slave men drive like cattle.
▪ The pulp is sold back to the farmers for feeding to their cattle.
▪ Prices are rising because of a drought and the escalating cost of grain for cattle feed.
▪ Human waste fed to cattle could perpetuate these parasites, some of which are picked up by humans from poorly cooked beef.
▪ Any unsold can be fed to cattle or sheep.
▪ Every shepherd had an interest in feeding as many cattle as possible.
▪ The waste will be fed to the cattle.
▪ Hours later, a farmer feeding cattle three miles south of the town had discovered two men hiding in his barn.
▪ Following treatment, calves should be moved to pasture which has not been grazed by cattle in the same year.
▪ And then for an indeterminate period of time he sat appraising the grazing cattle.
▪ Many parks were deer parks, others were grazed by cattle, sheep and horses.
▪ The land is now being used to graze cattle.
▪ There is enough rain in this region to provide grazing for cattle and good land to grow crops.
▪ Kathy paged through magazines while John tried to concentrate on a framed print of grazing cattle.
▪ In summer they are grazed by cattle.
▪ Good in the hedges, too, for keeping cattle and sheep out of planted places.
▪ After retiring from teaching, Sister kept working as a cattle rancher and writing books.
▪ But it is good to know they have experience of farming and intend to make it a proper home and keep cattle.
▪ They keep fewer beef cattle and many of these are stall-fed rather than grazing in the fields.
▪ Most lowland farmers keep some dairy cattle and rear calves as well as wintering and fattening sheep and lambs.
▪ He had raised cattle in central Nebraska before coming to Washington in the mid-1970s.
▪ He had won that place by raising cattle on pastureland made from scratch.
▪ For three generations, her family has been raising free-range cattle at the El Ombu de Areco ranch.
▪ He planted trees, raised cattle, married, and had seven children, and seldom spoke a harsh word.
▪ She and her husband raise cattle in central Queensland's Brigalow Belt.
▪ Kendall and Flora also raised sheep and cattle.
▪ They sold all their cattle by private arrangement.
▪ Gradually he established the right to separate them from the land, to buy and sell serfs like cattle.
▪ The abattoirs are licensed to slaughter cattle not destined for the food chain.
▪ The local managers of cattle stealing operations exchanged purloined cattle to prevent them from being identified.
▪ Villagers stole cattle for beef, for a ransom payment, or in some cases for ploughing or local sale.
head of cattle/sheep etc
▪ During the 1880s the Scandinavian countries sent an average 106,244 head of cattle to Britain every year.
▪ He now clears just what he needs to support crops and a few head of cattle.
▪ Of the nearly 18,000 head of cattle imported through Colombo in 1901, over sixty percent were immediately sent to the slaughterhouse.
▪ The tribe typically runs about 17, 000 head of cattle on its ranges, but the numbers are dwindling.
▪ Three raids alone in 1736 led to the loss of 1,026 head of cattle.
▪ We met one nomad driving 40 head of cattle in the baking sun, hours from the nearest village.
mob of sheep/cattle
▪ A quarter mile past the cattle guard, you come to a series of three gates.
▪ A Smithfield is a leggy type of collie of the sort that bullock drovers used when working cattle half a century ago.
▪ But no one is going anywhere until the cattle move.
▪ Even grass grows so thinly that cattle can't feed properly.
▪ He treated Abram well for her sake and Abram acquired sheep and cattle.
▪ I saved a lot of cattle from dying and a lot of farmers from going on relief.
▪ If the drought continues, officials fear it could drive cattle producers and farmers out of business permanently.
▪ Some farmers have beef cattle, some for breeding purposes or for showing purposes.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cattle \Cat"tle\ (k[a^]t"t'l), n. pl. [OE. calet, chatel, goods, property, OF. catel, chatel, LL. captale, capitale, goods, property, esp. cattle, fr. L. capitals relating to the head, chief; because in early ages beasts constituted the chief part of a man's property. See Capital, and cf. Chattel.] Quadrupeds of the Bovine family; sometimes, also, including all domestic quadrupeds, as sheep, goats, horses, mules, asses, and swine.

Belted cattle, Black cattle. See under Belted, Black.

Cattle guard, a trench under a railroad track and alongside a crossing (as of a public highway). It is intended to prevent cattle from getting upon the track.

cattle louse (Zo["o]l.), any species of louse infecting cattle. There are several species. The H[ae]matatopinus eurysternus and H[ae]matatopinus vituli are common species which suck blood; Trichodectes scalaris eats the hair.

Cattle plague, the rinderpest; called also Russian cattle plague.

Cattle range, or Cattle run, an open space through which cattle may run or range. [U. S.]

Cattle show, an exhibition of domestic animals with prizes for the encouragement of stock breeding; -- usually accompanied with the exhibition of other agricultural and domestic products and of implements.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-13c., "property," from Anglo-French catel "property" (Old North French catel, Old French chatel), from Medieval Latin capitale "property, stock," noun use of neuter of Latin adjective capitalis "principal, chief" (see capital (n.1)). Compare sense development of fee, pecuniary. Sense originally was of movable property, especially livestock; it began to be limited to "cows and bulls" from late 16c.


n. 1 domesticated bovine animals (cows, bulls, steers etc). 2 Certain other livestock, such as sheep, pigs or horses. 3 (context pejorative figuratively English) people who resemble domesticated bovine animals in behavior or destiny.


n. domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or age; "so many head of cattle"; "wait till the cows come home"; "seven thin and ill-favored kine"- Bible; "a team of oxen" [syn: cows, kine, oxen, Bos taurus]

Cattle (disambiguation)

Cattle are the most common type of large domesticated ungulates.

Cattle may also refer to:

  • Bos, the genus of wild and domestic cattle including:
    • Beef cattle
    • Dairy cattle
    • Wild cattle, including aurochs
  • Cattle, any kind of livestock
  • “Cattle”, a song by The Verve Pipe from Villains
  • Al-An'am, the sixth sura of the Qur’an, usually translated as “Cattle” or “The Cattle”.

Cattle—colloquially cows—are the most common type of large domesticated ungulates. They are a prominent modern member of the subfamily Bovinae, are the most widespread species of the genus Bos, and are most commonly classified collectively as Bos taurus. Cattle are raised as livestock for meat ( beef and veal), as dairy animals for milk and other dairy products, and as draft animals ( oxen or bullocks that pull carts, plows and other implements). Other products include leather and dung for manure or fuel. In some regions, such as parts of India, cattle have significant religious meaning. From as few as 80 progenitors domesticated in southeast Turkey about 10,500 years ago, according to an estimate from 2011, there are 1.4 billion cattle in the world. In 2009, cattle became one of the first livestock animals to have a fully mapped genome. Some consider cattle the oldest form of wealth, and cattle raiding consequently one of the earliest forms of theft.

Usage examples of "cattle".

The leaves are acrid and pungent, being ungrateful to cattle, and even rejected by geese.

Origin, history, distribution, characteristics, adaptability, uses, and standards of excellence of all pedigreed breeds of cattle, sheep and swine in America.

The British agriculturist thinks that meadow hay is the natural forage for horses and cattle, and for winter turnips are the standby.

And when at last we got up onto the altiplano, the great interior plateau, it was Zoe who called it the pampa, and maintained that we walked there among vast herds of invisible cattle, transparent cattle pastured on the spindrift snow, their gauchos the restless, merciless winds.

The face of Dingaan shone when he saw the cattle, and that night he called us, the council of the Amapakati, together, and asked us as to the granting of the country.

They picked up the eyes of the cattle in little bright points of light, fat contented beasts, the smell of their dung sharp and ammoniac al on the cool night air.

Large tracts of country about here once laid out for arable are now converted into grazing grounds, for the number of cattle is yearly on the increase.

Mai, they herded cattle on the grasslands and pigs in the patches of woodland that stood between the fields, and the young men of the tribe hunted boar and deer and aurochs and bear and wolf in the wild woods that had now been pressed back beyond the temples.

If you will kindly look at the original contract, a copy of which is in your possession, you will notice that nothing is said about the quality of the cattle, just so the pounds avoirdupois are there.

Then they gazed in awed silence as the dark mass of the cattle herds poured down the hills towards them.

So they filled their fantasy world with fabulous machines -- machines that ploughed the sod, cut and baled the grain, even milked the cattle.

She was frankly glad that Billabong devoted most of its energies to cattle, and only put up with the sheep work because, since Daddy was there, it never occurred to her to do anything else but go.

All he knew was horses and cattle, and if he made an enemy of Bly he would be blackballed around every rodeo in the country.

Tyler left them, went back to the cattle boat for his gear, this time looking around at all the different kinds of straw hats there were, boaters, big raggedy ones, lightweight panamas with black bands that looked pretty good.

As the petty officer said, Boget and a dozen other natives were leading at least fifty head of cattle across the fords and up toward the camp.