Definition of killing season in English:

killing season

noun

NZ
  • A period when animals are slaughtered and the meat frozen for export.

    ‘at the end of the killing season, good cuts of meat will be scarcer’
    • ‘They have been reliant on working in the meat industry during the killing season to supplement their earnings.’
    • ‘They told us of the bad old days of thinly justified strikes, usually at the peak of the killing season.’
    • ‘The shorter killing season in the South Island means higher labour costs.’
    • ‘Te Hape's killing season also starts in January, and runs through to the end of May.’
    • ‘Had the action gone ahead it would have closed the meatworks at the height of the killing season.’