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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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People often forget that 20,000 to 40,000 tammar wallabies are culled annually on the island, Paton said.
But it said: "The council does not, however, believe that a badger cull will support this objective and will therefore, not allow badgers to be culled on land which the Forest of Dean District Council owns, manages or controls.
WELL, we have culled (killed - word interchangeable) all the squirrels.
Under the experiment, recommended in a report to ministers published by Professor John Krebs last year, all the badgers in a defined area will be culled, but in other areas culls will be carried out in response to TB outbreaks in cattle.
Wilbow" is a farmer in the area of North Pembrokeshire where badgers are being culled as part of the Welsh Assembly Government's measures to eradicate anti-bovine TB
He said: "Within the culled area you get a reduction in cattle TB incidents of 23%, but in the surrounding area, the cattle incidence of TB is increased by 25% so on balance that leaves 2% - a very minimal or modest impact of culling on the cattle disease.
Culls on badgers in Australia have cut TB in water buffalo,in New Zealand they've culled badgers to save possum populations and in Canada it's been done to save wild deer.
A government cull was announced two years ago but Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, which runs Brandon Marsh Nature Centre and other Midland nature reserves, vowed the ducks would not be culled on its land.
The work took eight years and cost pounds 34m and nearly 11,000 badgers were culled in specific areas in a bid to find out whether a cull made any difference to the incidence of TB in cattle.
Therefore, EBLEX urges both suckler and dairy herd managers to re-examine their replacement strategies to ensure animals are culled before becoming ineligible for the food chain and treated for conditions that may threaten their marketability wherever feasible.
The Anglesey AM claimed the island suffered the second worst killing ratio in the UK - behind Wigtown in southern Scotland - when comparing the number of farms culled against the number of infected premises which had been confirmed positive in the laboratory.
A government cull was announced two years ago but Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, which runs Bran-don Marsh Nature Centre and other Midland nature reserves, vowed the ducks would not be culled on its land.
The vast majority are culled because of this, and as a result, there are too many involuntary culls as opposed to those which leave because they are being sold as a milking animal for management or commercial reasons.