Definition of yearling in English:



  • 1An animal (especially a sheep, calf, or foal) a year old, or in its second year.

    • ‘Compared with the HPS, more weaned heifers and fewer bred yearlings were sold when heifer development costs were increased.’
    • ‘Named after the famous explorer, Tom Crean the ram is a fine animal, a good scotch yearling bred by a Dingle sheep farmer who has a reputationn for producing hardy sheep.’
    • ‘In one of several grazing studies, yearlings on improved bermudagrass/ryegrass pasture grew at a moderate rate.’
    • ‘To successfully graze and grow yearlings, a combination of very high quality winter and summer grasses must be available.’
    • ‘Weight gains of yearlings typically average 1.5 to 2.5 lb/day during the growing season.’
    • ‘At Ennis Mart, 600 yearlings and 400 calves met a very strong trade.’
    • ‘The animals were classified as yearlings, 2-yr-olds, or mature bulls.’
    • ‘The yearlings are developed at his farm in Fenloe, Co Clare.’
    • ‘Send yearlings to the feedlot early and curtail replacement heifer production for a year.’
    • ‘He mates them to a Charolais bull and keeps the calves until they are yearlings.’
    • ‘I can't throw my lambs on pasture and sell them as long yearlings next year.’
    • ‘Other yearlings grazing very high quality pastures with no supplemental feed are able to meet their lysine requirement and achieve moderate growth.’
    • ‘L. J. Express has sired three foals in one crop of racing age and has two yearlings in his second crop.’
    • ‘‘We got curious after the reports,’ says Davis, who's seen new lambs, yearlings and ewes within the herd.’
    • ‘Overall, he counted at least 34 new lambs and 25 yearlings.’
    • ‘The animals included seven yearlings which an RSPCA vet said were emaciated and suffering from malnutrition.’
    • ‘An Orkney farmer scooped one of the prizes at the prestigious Black Beauty Bonanza show of Aberdeen-Angus calves and yearlings, in Aberdeenshire, on Saturday.’
    • ‘Almost all rams were first caught as lambs or yearlings; those caught as adults were aged by counting the horn annuli.’
    • ‘He sells heifers as yearlings, finishes the bullocks and also has 20 ewes.’
    • ‘Erickson et al. conducted two feeding trials to evaluate the P requirements of steers brought into the feedlot as yearlings or calves.’
    1. 1.1A racehorse in the calendar year after its year of foaling.
      • ‘He has 14 yearlings, according to Jockey Club records.’
      • ‘Standing for $15,000 this year, Benny the Dip's first foals are yearlings this year.’
      • ‘Currently there are six divisions of Three Chimneys, four of which are devoted to mares and foals, one to yearlings, and one to the farm's 12 stallions.’
      • ‘Renamed Country Life Nursery at Merryland Farm, the facility will be used for mares, foals, and yearlings.’
      • ‘The final day will feature mostly yearlings and horses of racing age.’
      • ‘Cassidy currently has an ownership interest in 28 horses, which includes broodmares, weanlings, and yearlings and horses in training.’
      • ‘Red Storm Stable went to $78,000 for a dark bay or brown colt by the son of Storm Cat whose first foals are yearlings this year, out of On With The Music.’
      • ‘Her last foal is a yearling by Atticus named Artist's Dream.’
      • ‘The sale includes 110 broodmares and an undisclosed number of yearlings, foals, and stallion interests.’
      • ‘Secreniner's first foals are yearlings of 2002.’
      • ‘Killed in the fire were four horses that were being laid up from the racetrack, two yearlings, and one weanling.’
      • ‘Despite the drops, Tuesday's session did produce the sale's probable top-priced colt and filly, two of eight seven-figure yearlings sold on the day.’
      • ‘Smith exerted his influence on South African bloodstock by importing quality yearlings and top stallions from New Zealand.’
      • ‘Second highest priced yearling of the session was a daughter of For Really purchased by El Ojo de Agua Racing Stables for $34,000.’
      • ‘Peeples also purchased the second highest-priced yearling of the day when he bid $57,000 for a chestnut colt from the first crop of Just a Cat.’
      • ‘The second-highest price for a yearling in Goff's history came when Kilcarn Stud sole a stallion for £2 million.’
      • ‘Stakes-placed winner Aggie Southpaw, a nine-year-old son of Forty Niner, has sired ten foals of racing age and six yearlings.’
      • ‘The structure that was destroyed was a barn used for foaling mares and prepping yearlings.’
      • ‘The second most expensive yearling on the day was an Indian Charlie colt out of the Dawn Quixote mare Caliente Lace.’
      • ‘From three crops, Moving Shoulder has eleven foals of racing age, eight yearlings, and three weanlings.’


  • 1[attributive] Having lived or existed for a year; a year old.

    ‘a yearling calf’
    • ‘In contrast, Kastelic et al. monitored inseminated yearling heifers for signs of pregnancy.’
    • ‘The effect of varying levels of Ca on bone density of yearling horses is reported in Table 4.’
    • ‘Gompert said some producers have reported yearling cattle gains of up to 1,600 pounds per acre.’
    • ‘A typical March farm scene includes calved cows, young calves, yearling cattle and older finishing cattle.’
    • ‘We conclude that the producer need not be greatly concerned about first calf pregnancy rates if enough yearling heifers are exposed to provide adequate, pregnant first-calf heifers.’
    • ‘At one end are the highly specialized producers of yearling calves.’
    • ‘It can add weight to yearling cattle or increase cow condition prior to winter.’
    • ‘He had thought she would certainly leave the territory during the winter when the yearling foxes become restless.’
    • ‘Growth rates and skeletal development of yearling horses have been shown to be reduced if concentrate intake is restricted to less than ad libitum intake during two daily feeding periods.’
    • ‘‘Putting weight on yearling stocker cattle with forage is a vital agricultural and economic activity here,’ says Northup.’
    • ‘On the ranch, yearling heifers, 2-year-old cows, and 3-year-old cows are all managed separately.’
    • ‘There was a numerical trend for correlations to be higher for yearling bulls and lower for preharvest heifers.’
    • ‘Regardless of the production environment, it is clear that the need for proper management and nutrition programs does not end when the yearling heifer becomes pregnant.’
    • ‘For yearling horses on improved pastures, unlimited grazing time appears to allow requirements to be met, but pastures must be of very good quality and forage-on-offer must be adequate.’
    • ‘Simple correlations were derived for growth and fertility traits from the yearling bulls at Location 1.’
    • ‘Yearling females stayed closer to their mothers than yearling males during all months except June, the month of initial family breakup.’
    • ‘Now 11, last week's yearling filly at Doncaster was her first to make the sales ring.’
    • ‘From an unthreatening vantage point we watched a valleyful of sheep - a total of 19, all ewes and lambs and yearling males.’
    • ‘Gillen says the range is home to about 120 cow-calf pairs and more than 400 yearling beef steers.’
    • ‘An evaluation of the economics of heifer development revealed that the pregnancy rate for yearling heifers may not be as important as the pregnancy rate of the 2-year old.’
    1. 1.1Relating to something that is a year old.
      ‘the yearling market’
      • ‘Mulholland, whose farm mainly breeds to sell for the yearling market, said he was buying at OBS for the first time.’
      • ‘Seattle Dancer's enduring moment of fame came in July 1985 when offered at the Keeneland July selected yearling sale at the height of the boom in the yearling market.’
      • ‘Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell also believes the momentum from this summer's thriving yearling market carried over into the breeding stock sale.’
      • ‘Final totals for the premier yearling market in France extended beyond the hopes of the sales company.’