What is herd?

  • (noun): A group of cattle or sheep or other domestic mammals all of the same kind that are herded by humans.
    See also — Additional definitions below


A Herd refers to a social grouping of certain animals of the same species, either wild or domestic, and also to the form of collective animal behavior associated with this (referred to as herding) or as a verb, to herd, to its control by another species such as humans or dogs.

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Some articles on herd:

Lamar Buffalo Ranch
... The Lamar Buffalo Ranch was created to preserve one of the last free-roaming bison (buffalo) herds in the United States ... The herd was maintained as a semi-domesticated source of additional bison the enhance the park's natural herd ... As the ranched herd increased in size, it was released to the open range and it interbred with the wild herd ...
SLW Ranch - History
... addition to the draft horses, the ranch was home to a small herd of white-faced cattle ... purchase Hereford cattle from ranches back East until the herd was 1,500 head ... healthy cattle with desirable traits, the herd was registered and began breeding operations ...
Marshall Thundering Herd Baseball
... The Marshall Thundering Herd baseball team represents the Marshall University in NCAA Division I college baseball and competes in Conference USA ... The current head coach of the Herd is Jeff Waggoner ...
Cattle Stampedes
... horse, a horse shaking itself, a lightning strike, a tumbleweed blown into the herd, or "a horse running through a herd kicking at a saddle which has turned under its belly" have been known to cause stampedes ... With livestock, cowboys attempt to turn the moving herd into itself, so that it runs in circles rather than running off a cliff or into a river and avoids damaging human life or property ... Tactics used to make the herd turn into itself include firing a pistol, which creates noise to make the leaders of the stampede turn ...
Herd - Human Parallels
... The term herd is also applied metaphorically to human beings in social psychology, with the concept of herd behaviour ... choose to invest or speculate counter to the "herd" ...

More definitions of "herd":

  • (verb): Cause to herd, drive, or crowd together.
    Synonyms: crowd
  • (verb): Move together, like a herd.
  • (noun): A group of wild animals of one species that remain together: antelope or elephants or seals or whales or zebra.
  • (noun): A crowd especially of ordinary or undistinguished persons or things.
    Example: "The children resembled a fairy herd"
    Synonyms: ruck
  • (verb): Keep, move, or drive animals.
    Example: "Who will be herding the cattle when the cowboy dies?"

Famous quotes containing the word herd:

    As for the herd of newspapers and magazines, I do not chance to know an editor in the country who will deliberately print anything which he knows will ultimately and permanently reduce the number of his subscribers. They do not believe that it would be expedient. How then can they print truth?
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
    The lowing herd wind slowly o’er the lea,
    The ploughman homeward plods his weary way,
    And leaves the world to darkness and to me.
    Now fades the glimmering landscape on the sight,
    And all the air a solemn stillness holds,
    Save where the beetle wheels his droning flight,
    And drowsy tinklings lull the distant folds.
    Thomas Gray (1716–1771)

    Whoever regards human beings as a herd and flees them as swiftly as he can will no doubt be overtaken by them and impaled on their horns.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)