beef cattle

plural noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Crops that go to dairy and beef cattle, other livestock. Ginger Zee, ABC News, 19 Apr. 2023 But by then, Walter Schweitzer, who raises beef cattle near Geyser, Montana, had already chosen a different solution. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Mar. 2023 Farming beef cattle contributes to climate change in several ways, the website says: via methane emissions from livestock burps and flatulence, cattle feeds that contain pesticides and fertilizers, cow manure that releases greenhouses gasses and more. Mary Colurso |, al, 27 Apr. 2021 The compound has been shown to reduce emissions by an average of 30% in dairy cows and 45% in beef cattle. Josh Ulick, WSJ, 21 Jan. 2023 One study estimated that current pasturelands could feed less than 30 percent of America’s roughly 27 million beef cattle. Noah Gallagher Shannon, New York Times, 5 Oct. 2022 Cockett grew up on a beef cattle ranch in eastern Montana. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Nov. 2022 The couple, parents to eight children, find time to raise beef cattle, pigs, chickens and ducks on their 350-acre farm an hour outside the Twin Cities. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2022 The name, which has been rarely used as a team moniker, is a reference to Brahman beef cattle, which are known, among other things, for their tolerance to heat. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 31 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1758, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of beef cattle was in 1758

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“Beef cattle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

beef cattle

noun plural
: cattle developed primarily for effective production of meat

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