feed·​lot | \ ˈfēd-ˌlät How to pronounce feedlot (audio) \

Definition of feedlot

: a plot of land on which livestock are fattened for market

Examples of feedlot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The agency has developed its own calculator for feedlot emissions based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, "Minnesota works to fit climate change into environmental reviews," 24 Dec. 2020 But that might not be feasible across the hundreds of acres of a feedlot. New York Times, "Belching Cows and Endless Feedlots: Fixing Cattle’s Climate Issues," 20 Oct. 2020 Drive past any feedlot, and the smell alone will warn you it’s no beacon of sustainability. Jan Dutkiewicz, Wired, "Burgers Won't Save the Planet—but Fast Food Might," 7 Aug. 2020 So when slaughterhouses and processing plants had to , or were slowed down because of absenteeism and the requirements of social distancing, the feedlots and CAFOs had nowhere to keep their animals for the duration. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "The meat industry’s supply chain is failing, but these smaller farms can still meet your needs," 23 May 2020 Critics maintained that building an animal-disease lab in such close proximity to ranches and feedlots was reckless and increased the chances of a catastrophic outbreak. Elisabeth Eaves, The New Yorker, "The Risks of Building Too Many Bio Labs," 18 Mar. 2020 Erica Meier, for one, leads a watchdog group called Animal Outlook, which gets the undercover, boots-on-the-ground activists into dairy farms, slaughterhouses, egg barns, and feedlots to collect images and video footage of how animals are treated. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Animal activism is a boys’ club. Silicon Valley could change that," 13 Feb. 2020 But the system now is controlled by giant companies that contract with farmers to produce livestock with the efficiency of auto assembly lines inside warehouse-like barns and sprawling feedlots. Washington Post, "Factory farms provide abundant food, but environment suffers," 6 Feb. 2020 Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, California and Oklahoma are the states with the highest number of cattle, though Arizona does have a relatively large cattle-feeding or feedlot operation, Pinal Feeding Co. in Laveen. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Could Arizona grocers face potential shortages of beef, other meat?," 30 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'feedlot.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of feedlot

1889, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about feedlot

Time Traveler for feedlot

Time Traveler

The first known use of feedlot was in 1889

See more words from the same year

Statistics for feedlot

Cite this Entry

“Feedlot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feedlot. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on feedlot

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for feedlot

Comments on feedlot

What made you want to look up feedlot? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!