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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

cull (someone or something) out of (something)

To remove someone or something from a group. We were so determined to win the science bowl that we culled everyone who seemed susceptible to stage fright out of the team.
See also: cull, of, out

cull someone or something out of something

 and cull someone or something out
to eliminate someone or something from a group. We will cull the older pigeons out from the flock. They culled out the slower runners from the team.
See also: cull, of, out

cull

n. a socially unacceptable person. This place is so filled with culls! Let’s split.
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1 relating to emigration, [[SIGMA].subk] [h.sub.ij,k] [N.sub.ij] , local births, [RN.sub.ij], and non-culling mortality, [MN.sub.ij], can therefore also be expected to be negligible, so it is reasonable to assume that any fox cull on small estates derives primarily from immigration from over the boundary.
In the 7-km control zone ringing the quarantine zone, 36 teams deployed by the Pampanga provincial government have culled 34,565 ducks, 16,347 quails, 28,264 egg-laying chickens and 33,939 broilers or chickens grown for meat.
This should come as a clear message to politicians and the general public about the extreme views of bodies which have had such an influence over government policies - policies which have led to an explosion in badger numbers which has decimated populations of ground-nesting birds and other wildlife, and created a massive reservoir for a disease which last year resulted in almost 10,000 Welsh cattle being culled by the Welsh Government.
The reality of it is, there's generally little need to cull a herd unless you're also protecting younger bucks and have control over total harvest.
Defra's own Independent Expert Panel called the culls 'ineffective', and 'inhumane'.
On May 14, the controversial ACT kangaroo cull restarted as overseen by Territory and Municipal Services.
But at the end of the sixweek period back in December the shooters had failed to meet half of their target and the Government controversially extended both culls. Those against the cull say the PS1million spent on policing just the first six weeks of culling in Gloucestershire could have secured five years of volunteer-led badger vaccination over a similarly large area.
It was patently clear at the end of the initial cull period that the numbers of badgers being killed were way off the intended target.
Dr Lingard said: "The chaotic failure of the Government's pilot badger cull illustrates some of the problems that arise when policymakers ignore scientific studies and pursue their own agendas.
Led by rock star Brian May, the 2,000 animal welfare supporters wore cardboard badger masks and chanted "stop the cull" in protest at pilot culls in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset.
Queen star Brian May yesterday urged the Government to stop "monstrous" plans to cull thousands of badgers in a bid to tackle bovine TB.
THE government has announced that the badger cull will go ahead, and it is likely to start on June 1.
Summary: Controversial plans to cull thousands of badgers to tackle tuberculosis in cattle are to be delayed until next summer.