Definition of husbandry in US English:



  • 1The care, cultivation, and breeding of crops and animals.

    ‘crop husbandry’
    • ‘In the 1997 report, the group I chaired made a series of recommendations for controlling the disease including work related to husbandry, badgers and vaccination.’
    • ‘For Maasai to remain ‘people of the cattle,’ livestock husbandry must continue as the core feature of a diversified livelihood.’
    • ‘He taught his subjects husbandry and agriculture, the use of stone for building.’
    • ‘According to the zoo's website, the core business of the Johannesburg Zoo ‘is the accommodation, enrichment, husbandry and medical care of wild animals’.’
    • ‘We learn about the ecological impacts of agriculture, husbandry, charcoal production, mills and dams, commercial logging, city sewers, and commercial fishing.’
    • ‘The agricultural base of the settlement was a mixed economy dominated by sheep and cattle husbandry and wheat cultivation.’
    • ‘Research results have been incorporated into farm practices to benefit animals farmed for their fur through improvements in housing, disease prevention, nutrition, husbandry, breeding and selection.’
    • ‘The average person lacks the specialized equipment and expertise to provide properly for the containment, medical care, husbandry, and nutrition of a large, wild, or exotic cat.’
    • ‘The school also pioneered training for students in livestock production and husbandry when pigs and poultry were kept at the school and managed on a commercial basis.’
    • ‘An overview of the crop husbandry and sampling dates are summarized in Table 1.’
    • ‘In addition, caretakers under the close supervision of veterinary staff provide husbandry to the animals every day.’
    • ‘The first strategy is through improvements in crop husbandry.’
    • ‘They have opened the way to a new phase in the history of agriculture, animal breeding and husbandry.’
    • ‘First off, I don't really know all that much about animal breeding, husbandry, land use or butchery, and am bound to make a lot of mistakes.’
    • ‘The maintaining of good animal records, and ensuring a high standard of animal welfare and husbandry, are among the more important provisions of the scheme.’
    • ‘This included sound nutrition based on good crop husbandry and spacious accommodation combined with good stockmanship, skills which he had learnt through his family background in cattle farming in the UK.’
    • ‘Rob has been working for the aquarium for an impressive 33 years and is probably best known for his work with the seals and his involvement in animal training and husbandry.’
    • ‘James is a keen tillage operator who, in addition to his top quality grain, also maintains an excellent standard of crop husbandry, crop records and environment control.’
    • ‘A balanced animal and arable husbandry was practised only in parts of the British Isles, Denmark, Flanders, and the Swiss cantons, which were oriented towards the market.’
    • ‘In this respect, the model offers considerable practical utility: decisions in crop husbandry must necessarily be based on a few simple observations.’
    farm management, farming, agriculture, land management, agronomy, agronomics, agribusiness, cultivation, tillage
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  • 2Management and conservation of resources.

    • ‘I have attempted to ask the council why no pruning and general husbandry has taken place but have received no reply on this issue.’
    • ‘Now, more than four years after the launch, their careful husbandry has developed the business.’
    • ‘This performance depends on, you guessed it, good husbandry of the economy.’
    • ‘For a country legendary for thrift and good husbandry, this is a disgraceful display of profligacy.’
    • ‘Its function was essentially one of marketing and general husbandry.’
    conservation, careful management, good housekeeping, economy, thrift, thriftiness, frugality
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Middle English: from husband in the obsolete sense ‘farmer’ + -ry; compare with husbandman.