seed stock

noun

Definition of seed stock

: a supply (as of seed) for planting broadly : a source of new individuals seed stock for hardy dairy cattle

Examples of seed stock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their offspring provided seed stock to transplant and establish herds across California, paid for with money from hunter’s licenses and tags. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Want to watch an elk calf being born? Grizzly Island offers rare sight," 26 June 2020 In all, Alaska has 70 open farm permits, which include eight with nurseries, and five hatcheries to provide seed stock to aquatic farmers. Anchorage Daily News, "In survey, Alaska fishermen offer guidance for use of pandemic relief funds," 26 May 2020 The baby eels are used as seed stock by Asian aquaculture companies and can fetch more than $2,000 per pound at the docks. USA TODAY, "Distancing failures, equipment roadblocks, testing limits: News from around our 50 states," 23 Mar. 2020 Wolves are hunted hard in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho but still are providing seed stock for recolonizing Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and even California. Ben Long, Outdoor Life, "Finding a Middle Ground on Wolves and Wolf Management," 6 Mar. 2020 Yellowstone elk provided much of the seed stock that successfully restored elk around the western United States over the 20th century. Ben Long, Outdoor Life, "Can the National Elk Refuge Survive CWD?," 29 Jan. 2020 The idea would be to preserve seed stock to repopulate bull kelp when conditions are right. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Climate havoc wipes out coastal kelp as S.F. Bay’s native fish species die off," 22 Oct. 2019 Fishermen in Maine search for the eels, called elvers, in rivers and streams every spring so they can be sold to Asian aquaculture companies as seed stock. Washington Post, "Eels break records in Maine, where they sell for big money," 20 May 2018 Fishermen seek the elvers in Maine because of the fish’s role as seed stock in Asian aquaculture. Washington Post, "Lucrative baby eel fishery shut down over illegal sales," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of seed stock

1817, in the meaning defined above

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“Seed stock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seed%20stock. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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