Definition of heifer in English:



  • (in farming) a cow that has not borne a calf, or has borne only one calf.

    Compare with cow
    • ‘Dry cows and in calf heifers can easily be managed inside as maintenance requirements are relatively low and can easily be met.’
    • ‘Successful first breeding and calving of the heifer is only part of a successful replacement strategy.’
    • ‘Allocating grass on a 36 or 48-hour basis will allow cows and heifers to be fully fed most of the time.’
    • ‘Rows and rows of cows and heifers, their moos resounding within the school walls, were tethered to makeshift stalls.’
    • ‘The heifer beat off stiff competition from nine other heifers and eighteen bulls to win the prestigious award.’
    • ‘The heifers were not treated differently after delivering the first calf.’
    • ‘Her calf, a heifer, will be given as a gift to another family.’
    • ‘Therefore, it was impossible to replace the heifers because of the lack of grazing forages.’
    • ‘Therefore, a replacement heifer must be developed at a total cost that is less than the future value.’
    • ‘It is better to fail to achieve conception with the yearling than to fail with the second calf heifer.’
    • ‘Pregnant heifers were rotated on native range pastures during the dormant season.’
    • ‘The comparison was with a pregnant heifer purchased in the same fall.’
    • ‘Another reason for separating bulls and heifers is to prevent young heifers becoming pregnant.’
    • ‘Some producers concentrate solely on cows, hiring other farmers to custom raise heifers.’
    • ‘They raise their own replacement heifers and sell their bull calves to another organic farmer nearby.’
    • ‘The heifers were subsequently weighed at the beginning and end of the breeding season.’
    • ‘The heifers were kept in outdoor pens with fence-line bunks and dirt floors.’
    • ‘Both systems have utility in managing reproduction of beef and dairy heifers.’
    • ‘This was costly, and the heifers often failed when the high level of feed inputs were taken out of the system.’
    • ‘On the beef side, prices for last week showed no change from the previous week for bullocks and heifers.’
    cow, bull, bullock, calf, ox
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Old English heahfore, of unknown origin.