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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.
Leading prices per head: Steers: Limousin PS1140, PS1130, PS1080, PS895 Belridding Farm, PS1035, PS1030 (x2), PS965 Meikleholm, PS995, PS940 (x2), PS880 Potholm Farm, Aberdeen Angus PS1075, PS990, PS935 Minsca Farm, PS880, PS850 Glendearg, Charolais PS1070, PS1030 (x2) Maryfield, PS1060, PS940 Burncroft Farm, PS880 Glendearg, British Blue PS925 Laverockhall, Beef Shorthorn PS910 Minsca Farm, PS810 Glendearg.
Beef Shorthorn bulls made a fivefigure sum a total of five times at Monday's main breed sale.
Grand Champion Breeding Shorthorn went to Kolten Oglesby, with Kale Oglesby receiving the Reserve Champion Breeding Shorthorn ribbon.
With the majority of native breeds represented the leading lights of each were as follows; Beef Shorthorn steers to PS1360 from Messrs Milburn, Holling Hill.
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The final picture concluded with a plea from Elizabeth, a rare-breed Dairy Shorthorn cow, for consumers to support Britain's hard-pressed milk producers.