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Any of a breed of beef or dairy cattle that originated in northern England, having short curved horns or no horns and a red, white, or roan coat. Also called Durham2.


(Breeds) a short-horned breed of cattle with several regional varieties. Also called: Durham



one of an English breed of red, white, or roan beef cattle having short horns. Also called Durham.
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Noun1.Shorthorn - English breed of short-horned cattleshorthorn - English breed of short-horned cattle
beef, beef cattle - cattle that are reared for their meat
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Hetty blushed a deep rose-colour when Captain Donnithorne entered the dairy and spoke to her; but it was not at all a distressed blush, for it was inwreathed with smiles and dimples, and with sparkles from under long, curled, dark eyelashes; and while her aunt was discoursing to him about the limited amount of milk that was to be spared for butter and cheese so long as the calves were not all weaned, and a large quantity but inferior quality of milk yielded by the shorthorn, which had been bought on experiment, together with other matters which must be interesting to a young gentleman who would one day be a landlord, Hetty tossed and patted her pound of butter with quite a self-possessed, coquettish air, slyly conscious that no turn of her head was lost.
Poyser," said Captain Donnithorne, when he had sufficiently admired the dairy and given several improvised opinions on Swede turnips and shorthorns.
He knew of the presence of the mountain lion, adrift down from Mendocino County, ere the first shorthorn calf was slain, and came home from the encounter, torn and bleeding, to attest what he had discovered and to be the cause of Harley Kennan riding trail next day with a rifle across his pommel.
If I wan't an ornery shorthorn at the business, I'd be accumulatin' them rings on your fingers instead of being polite," he retorted.
On other points he's as level-headed as a breeder of shorthorns, which is what he happens to be.
QUALITY Beef Shorthorn females were in demand at Chelford last week with the best of the bunch consigned by Denbighshire producer Tudor Williams.
Heifers: British Blue PS1190, PS1095, PS1000 Fishergill, PS1095 High Field, PS1070 Southerfield Hall, PS1035 Kelsick House, PS1020 Green Farm, Limousin PS1180 (x2) PS1165 Brecon Hill, PS1100, PS1090 Lankaber, PS1060, PS1040, PS1030 Fishergill, PS1050 Bolton Hall, PS1045 Mount Pleasant, PS1040, PS1030 Glebe Farm, PS1015, PS1000 Hudscales, PS1010 (x2) Lairdlaugh, PS1000 Low Fauld, Charolais PS1080, PS1060, PS1040 Clappers Farm, PS1030 Sneck Yeat, Aberdeen Angus PS980, PS930, PS860 (x3) Espland, PS890, PS880 (x3) Kirwaugh, Hereford PS900 Espland, PS840 (x3) PS800 (x5) The Breaks Dairy Shorthorn PS570 Brisco Hill SUCKLED CALVES - A very mixed show of suckled calves were forward with a good ring side of buyers with trade being less throughout.
Another Dairy Shorthorn merited an honourable mention, and Kayleigh Coole, showing on behalf of the family, was third in the young handlers class.
Thomas Bates, of Kirklevington, was a major breeder of Shorthorn Cattle, all Shorthorns can be traced back to bulls from this area.
The Yellow Door dish used beef from Hannan Meats in Moira, Co Down, which won the Northern Ireland product of the year title, sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland, for its salt-aged Glenarm shorthorn beef.
The Japanese Shorthorn (JS) is one of the Wagyu beef breeds, which was improved by crossbreeding imported Shorthorn bulls with the indigenous Nanbu cattle that were kept in upland areas in the northern region of Japan.
Some of the best Holstein Friesian and Jersey cows in Wales will be shown, together with some quite exceptional Ayrshire, Guernsey, Dairy Shorthorn and Brown Swiss animals.