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 Among farmers, those raising livestock, including for dairy, have the greatest economic impact in Michigan, at $5.13 billion, according to MDARD., "COVID-19 hits Michigan farmers hard, with some facing prospect of killing livestock," 1 May 2020 As Upton Sinclair detailed over a century ago, industrial livestock operations are some of the ugliest sights capitalism has to offer. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Give Me Meat and Give Them Death," 29 Apr. 2020 The preferred alternative selected by the park service would allow ranchers to grow crops, put up tourists in their barns and dramatically diversify their livestock operations after signing 20-year leases. Peter Fimrite,, "At Point Reyes, the contest is elk vs. agriculture. The people vote for the elk," 15 Apr. 2020 But crops and livestock, once they were concentrated in one place and cultivated in monocultures, became vulnerable to disease. Kate Brown, The New Yorker, "The Pandemic Is Not a Natural Disaster," 13 Apr. 2020 The surviving animals were loaded onto other trucks and driven to a livestock operation. Washington Post, "National Digest: North Dakota governor pardons 16 with pot convictions," 17 Jan. 2020 Allbirds is already carbon-neutral and invests in programs with goals such as building solar plants and wind farms to replace coal power, and capturing methane from landfills and livestock operations. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Allbirds calls out Amazon for its unsustainable knockoff of its sneakers," 24 Sep. 2019 The rolling landscape here has plenty of peaks and valleys for spot-and-stalk hunting, and numerous irrigated alfalfa fields and livestock operations for water-hole archery hunts. The Editors, Field & Stream, "20 Dream Hunts You Can Actually Afford," 12 Sep. 2019 Rift Valley fever virus mainly attacks livestock in Africa and the Middle East, but also occasionally sickens people. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Biologists invent a new way to fight viruses with llama blood and molecular super glue," 1 May 2020

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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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19 May 2020

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“Livestock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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


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

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