live·​stock | \ ˈlīv-ˌstäk How to pronounce livestock (audio) \

Definition of livestock

: animals kept or raised for use or pleasure especially : farm animals kept for use and profit

Examples of livestock in a Sentence

a market where livestock are bought and sold a market where livestock is bought and sold
Recent Examples on the Web Reducing methane emissions from the livestock sector. Kate Galbraith, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 May 2022 In southern Somalia, the group hosts demonstration sites where pastoralists learn about techniques to improve fodder production, which could help families like the Abdullahis and Hassans reduce livestock deaths and boost milk yields significantly. David Bruckmeier, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 May 2022 The din of battle drowned out the bellows of frightened livestock. Laura Kingstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 Charismatic fauna, like wolves, often inflame those battles because they’re seen as both livestock-killing villains and vital parts of the ecosystem. Heather Hansman, The Atlantic, 10 May 2022 His chief rival when the race started was Jim Pillen, a veterinarian, livestock producer, and former University of Nebraska football star who is backed by Ricketts, the outgoing, term-limited Governor. Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 The department’s Farm Service Agency says low-interest emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of equipment or livestock. Chron, 8 May 2022 While the ranch holds grazing allotments on the Henrys west slope, owning land there is of little use to the livestock operation. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 May 2022 Best known as a rural retail store that supplies products to home, equine and livestock owners, Tractor Supply probably isn’t the first company associated with the NBA, an organization with teams that are largely based in large metropolitan areas. Yec, Forbes, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of livestock

circa 1687, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of livestock was circa 1687

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14 May 2022

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“Livestock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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live·​stock | \ ˈlīv-ˌstäk How to pronounce livestock (audio) \

Kids Definition of livestock

: animals (as cows, horses, and pigs) kept or raised especially on a farm and for profit


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