cull the herd

cull the herd

1. Literally, to separate or remove (and usually kill) inferior animals out of a herd so as to reduce numbers or remove undesirable traits from the group as a whole. We had to quickly cull the herd when it came to light that some cows might be carrying an infectious disease.
2. By extension, to separate or remove people from a larger group. With so many people applying for a limited number of jobs, employers have had to cull the herd by introducing much stricter criteria and a more elaborate application for hiring. Universities have long used standardized test results as a means of culling the herd of applicants they receive each year.
See also: cull, herd
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And another holds that democracy is working when voters in the early stages of a campaign cull the herd of candidates before the real voting takes place.
That is eight to ten times the suitable level so the state Department of Environmental Management has made the decision to cull the herd.
While some may think the deer running in Westboro add a little country charm to the community, they are becoming a public safety hazard; a hazard so great that the police chief - who is not a hunter - has proposed that the town allow bowhunting on certain town-owned properties in an effort to cull the herd.
A recession also clearly illustrates where you have weak distributors; use the opportunity to cull the herd so that you're best positioned for the inevitable recovery and expansion.
A referendum was held on whether to cull the herd of nearly 70 wild goats.
If we're going to cull the herd on the basis of who earns the right to be here, let's not stop at eliminating the weak, the poor, the old, and the bad.
The contraceptive idea is already winning support from animal rights activists who successfully battled park officials' plan five years ago to cull the herd by shooting the elk.
According to the EDN Web site, "Our editors mercilessly cull the herd of new-product announcements they see during the year, resulting in this distillation of the most innovative and significant offerings.
They'll cull the herd, allowing the candidates who are performing best onto the stage, splitting the candidates into groups, trying to find a format that allows voters to hear what from the people most likely to remain in the race for the long haul.
We have an overabundance of deer in this town and we have to find some way to cull the herd.
The NTS hope to cull the herd to around 1600 by the end of next year.
EDN Magazine states, "Our editors mercilessly cull the herd of new-product announcements they see during the year, resulting in this distillation of the most innovative and significant offerings.
According to the announcement article, "Our editors mercilessly cull the herd of new-product announcements they see during the year, resulting in this distillation of the most innovative and significant offerings .