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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


n. a socially unacceptable person. This place is so filled with culls! Let’s split.
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In the leaflets, WAG claimed previous culling trials had slashed TB in cattle "by as much as 50% in six months".
The research used a large set of data collected from 30 sites in the West of England, including TB hotspots Herefordshire and Staffordshire, and attempted to examine why a series of studies of the culling issue had reached wildly different conclusions.
The Randomised Badger Culling Trial (RBCT) in fact showed positive and negative changes in the incidence of bovine TB in cattle as a result of badger culling.
A two-page document produced following a meeting in April of the group of experts, set out the latest data from the randomised badger culling trials (RBCT), showing around a 16% reduction in new infections in herds following a cull.
As the average cost of an infected herd is around pounds 27,000, each area of culling could save pounds 610,000.
Experts found culling wild badgers close to the site of a recent bovine TB outbreak increased cases of the disease.
Subsequently, more than 30 independent scientists wrote an open letter to the Government saying that culling badgers should not be the focus of any policy to control bovine tuberculosis.
This is different from "proactive" culling which systematically eradicates badgers from known problem areas covering at least 150 square kilometres.
Cardiff is working with local police to provide security for culling contractors, whose details will be kept hidden to prevent attacks.
Mr Reedy said farmers needed to be educated about organising their fields to help prevent their cattle contracting TB, rather than reacting by culling badgers.
Ministers first proposed culling badgers last year as part of a package of measures to address spiralling rates of TB in cattle, but a final announcement on the scheme has been held up amid legal wrangling over a similar cull in Wales.
If she fails to do so by November 19, the Trust will launch its long-threatened Judicial Review of Cardiff's culling policy.
The authorisation letters issued today confirming culling can proceed this summer in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset is an important step towards taking the action we need to tackle the spread of this disease in wildlife.
Yesterday, it emerged the Defra scientists said the evidence showed that "co-ordinated, sustained and simultaneous" culling could lead to a net reduction of around 16% in the number of cattle herds hit by bTB.
The animal welfare charity now hopes the decision in England will persuade the Welsh Assembly Government to disregard culling as an option in its plan to eradicate bovine TB.