beef cattle

plural noun

Definition of beef cattle 

: cattle developed primarily for the efficient production of meat and marked by capacity for rapid growth, heavy well-fleshed body, and stocky build

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After a 2012 drought forced Southern ranchers to cull herds, the U.S. beef cattle herd has bounced back, rising by about 12% over the past four years to the highest level in nearly a decade. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Chicken, Turkey and Tuna Have a Beef With Your Burger," 30 June 2018 The 60-acre, family-owned and operated Fenton River Farm raises Simmental beef cattle. Annie Gentile, Courant Community, "Willington Celebrates Farm Day," 21 June 2018 The couple practice sustainable farming techniques, raising free-range chickens and beef cattle and growing vegetables in ways that protect the environment. Kathy Orton, chicagotribune.com, "The ultimate backyard: 12 homes for sale near national parks," 29 Aug. 2017 More than half of Wisconsin's top commodities depend on corn, which feeds chickens, dairy cattle, beef cattle and, yes, even humans. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Can Wisconsin’s corn take the heat? Study warns rising temperatures could be devastating," 19 June 2018 The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has issued a permit to a Lone Jack feedlot that could bring thousands of beef cattle to a location bordering $350,000 homes and just three miles upwind from Powell Gardens. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Missouri approves permit to expand cattle feedlot by Powell Gardens; appeal expected," 15 June 2018 About two-thirds are dairy cows and the rest beef cattle. Nick Perry, The Seattle Times, "New Zealand to kill 150,000 cows to end bacterial disease," 28 May 2018 The hope is that studies conducted over the next five years will not find any negative effects on cows, their milk or, in the case of beef cattle, their meat. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "UC Davis researchers study ways to reduce methane in cow belches," 25 May 2018 But companies making hornless cows and tailless pigs and all-male beef cattle are pissed at the FDA’s new interpretation of the rules, and talking about taking their tech elsewhere. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Crispr," 27 Apr. 2018

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1758, in the meaning defined above

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