abbreviation or noun

CA·​FO ˈkā-(ˌ)fō How to pronounce CAFO (audio)
plural CAFOs
: a concentrated animal feeding operation
CAFOs are agricultural facilities that house and feed a large number of animals in a confined area for 45 days or more during any 12-month period.Cynthia Sewell

Examples of CAFO in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bailey and other Nelsonville residents were profiled in a Wausau Daily Herald story in 2020 about their fears that manure from a CAFO about a mile from the small Portage County community was leaching nitrogen into their groundwater. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 3 Apr. 2024 At the facility—a concentrated animal-feeding operation, or CAFO—pregnant pigs were confined to gestation crates, metal enclosures so small that the sows could barely lie down. Elizabeth Barber, The New Yorker, 16 Dec. 2023 As the meat industry industrialized, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) became a large concern because of how animals were mistreated. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 6 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1995, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of CAFO was in 1995

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Cite this Entry

“CAFO.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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