heifer

noun
heif·er | \ ˈhe-fər \

Definition of heifer 

: a young cow especially : one that has not had a calf

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In 1964, a senior heifer from Graterford won first prize in her category. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "KFC, dinosaur prints, rock'n'roll: The stranger-than-fiction forgotten history of Graterford state prison," 30 May 2018 Bulls and heifers could be moved together for breeding, while animals could be kept out of environmentally sensitive areas. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "The Next Big Thing in Agriculture: Smart Collars for Cows," 2 Apr. 2018 Lost Valley Farm is the second largest dairy in Oregon, with state permission to manage a herd of 30,000 mature cows, heifers and calves. Molly Harbarger, OregonLive.com, "Oregon mega-dairy sued by state for release of wastewater, by contractors for unpaid bills," 8 Mar. 2018 Cutting horses at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo showed off their moves Friday morning, isolating a single heifer from a small herd of cattle and blocking its path to rejoin the group. Andrew Kragie, Houston Chronicle, "How does a pony wear its tail at Houston rodeo?," 2 Mar. 2018 The aurochs was the wild ancestor of the modern cow, bull, steer, heifer, ox -- many names for one species. Bob Gathany, AL.com, "Up in the air at the Huntsville Community Kite Festival," 4 Mar. 2018 Cows need to be milked Regardless of the temperature the Griffith family of Southern-Hills Holsteins near Mount Orab journey out to the barn to milk, feed and care for their 50 milk cows and 100 dry cows and heifers. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Despite the bitter cold, these people are on the job," 2 Jan. 2018 Using the manure from 2,000 Holstein cows and heifers, the digesters generate enough power to run the plant, factory and 300 homes, Crave said. Jason Stein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tommy Thompson, conservative group launch effort to promote renewable energy," 13 Dec. 2017 That has left farm laborers especially vulnerable to workplace deaths, such as being electrocuted, crushed by tractors, kicked by a heifer or beat up by a bull. Tim Craig, chicagotribune.com, "Deaths of farmworkers in cow manure ponds put oversight of dairy farms into question," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of heifer

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heifer

Middle English hayfare, from Old English hēahfore

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heifer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of heifer

: a young female cow; especially : one that has not had a calf

heifer

noun
heif·er | \ ˈhe-fər \

Kids Definition of heifer

: a young cow

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