live·stock | \ˈlīv-ˌstäk \

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

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With little industry already intact, Botswana’s flat terrain made livestock farming a natural and efficient means of economic benefit. National Geographic, "How Botswana Revived Africa's Largest Mammal Migration," 4 May 2018 Pippen owns the livestock farm with his brother in Hamburg, Ark., which is about 110 miles southeast of Little Rock. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Tractors, equipment worth more than $50,000 stolen from Scottie Pippen's Arkansas farm," 19 Apr. 2018 The new label would exclude from certification hydroponic farming and large livestock farms that don't pasture their animals, known as contained animal feeding operations or CAFOs. Fox News, "'True' organic food will soon get even more labels," 10 Apr. 2018 The mixed livestock farm now focuses on meat, vegetables, eggs, and more at its farm store and offers horse riding lessons. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Maple View Farm Receives Town Approval For Farm Brewery," 10 Apr. 2018 Firefighters rescued 400 chickens, 70 cows, 80 sheep, and a 12-year-old pet camel named Joshua from a barn fire that erupted at a 350-acre livestock farm in Holden on Tuesday, officials said. Elise Takahama,, "Firefighters rescue hundreds of animals, including pet camel, in Holden barn fire," 4 Apr. 2018 Working without a permit The H2-A program does not extend to livestock farms and dairy operations because the work is year-round. Chloe Moores, The Christian Science Monitor, "Worried by talks of deportation, farmers defend immigrant workforce," 26 Mar. 2018 But even better, the relationship between Shrae's daughter Khalee and the ship's captive human livestock is rounding out, giving the series some real narrative legs that stretch out with timely prediluvian flashbacks. Will Nevin,, "TBT #39.1: Twisted sci-fi, bent biblical epic and more in new comics," 6 June 2018 With even the entry-level Dodge Ram 1500 stickering in the neighborhood of $65,000, many of today’s pampered pickups stand little chance of hauling cotton, hay, livestock, or much of anything else likely to scratch them. James C. Cobb, Smithsonian, "The Pickup Truck’s Transformation From Humble Workhorse to Fancy Toy," 3 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of livestock

: farm animals (such as cows, horses, and pigs) that are kept, raised, and used by people


live·stock | \ˈlīv-ˌstäk \

Kids Definition of livestock

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

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