It is correct to use: breeding herd of cattle in the pasture.

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    What exactly causes your suspicion that this sentence might be correct or incorrect? Proofreading questions are off-topic on this site. You might also want to consider posting your question to English Language Learners - just make sure to expand it to show what exactly you do not understand in the sentence.
    – Vilmar
    Jul 11, 2014 at 13:01
  • So is the herd of cattle breeding in the pasture? I've seen cattle grazing in the pasture and I've heard of "breeding cattle" or "raising cattle" but not "breeding cattle in the pasture". It does not sound right to my native ear. Jul 11, 2014 at 13:33
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    The way I read it, it's not a sentence. There's no verb. "Breeding herd" is telling you what kind of herd it is.
    – Rupe
    Jul 11, 2014 at 14:05
  • If the intention is to describe that there is a herd of cattle in the pasture that is used for breeding purposes then "herd of breeding cattle in the pasture" would surely be better? It is the cattle that do the breeding individually, not the group.
    – Marv Mills
    Jul 11, 2014 at 15:23
  • @MarvMills But (a) "breeding herd" is a phrase used in farming to describe such a herd. So the phrase in the OP could be correctly used in something like "my breeding herd of cattle in the pasture is bigger than the other herd that's currently in the barn".
    – Rupe
    Jul 11, 2014 at 16:54

1 Answer 1


The term used to refer to a cow that is kept for breeding purposes is brood cow. Therefore, it would be better to say, "herd of brood cows in the pasture."

2 brood adjective

Definition of BROOD

: kept for breeding


  • I think if you google "breeding herd" you find enough documents to suggest it's a term that can be used for such a herd.
    – Rupe
    Jul 11, 2014 at 16:57

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