Definition of cast-for-age in English:



NZ, Australian
  • (of sheep) too old for breeding and destined to be sold off or slaughtered.

    ‘I purchased around 500 cast-for-age animals’
    • ‘A farmer runs 1,000 merino ewes which are cast-for-age at six years.’
    • ‘Naturally, we want to carry out a thorough trial of the Cheviot cast-for-age ewe as a mother of Southdown cross lambs.’
    • ‘We're looking at cast-for-age ewes.’
    • ‘The number of replacement ewes selected depends on the age distribution of the existing ewe flock and the age at which they are cast-for-age.’
    • ‘The new growth made good feed for stock cast for age.’
    • ‘They had available a number of cast-for-age breeding animals.’
    • ‘Each year, drafts of young ewes are brought into the breeding flock and bred from for several successive years and then sold as cast for age.’
    • ‘It is apparent that cast-for-age sheep sold in December would have had about nine months grazing in the year immediately preceding that.’