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I know that "a herd of cattle" and "many herds of cattle" are correct, but what about "cattle herds"? For example,

We drove by cattle herds.

Is that grammatical?

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"Cattle herds" would be ok because it is specifying the type of herd with the word, "cattle," acting as a modifier. It's just like, "cement road," or, "glass wall."

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I agree with Carter. If you know that it's a bunch of dairy cattle, you could say it's a dairy herd, or if it's a bunch of beef cattle, you could say it's a beef herd. –  JLG May 3 '12 at 22:32
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...and if you see both a dairy herd and a beef herd, then you have seen cattle herds. –  Andrew Leach May 3 '12 at 22:43
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