AskDefine | Define stockyard

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stockyard n : enclosed yard where cattle, pigs, horses, or sheep are kept temporarily

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From stock + yard


  1. An enclosed yard, with pens, sheds etc. or stables, where livestock is kept temporarily before being slaughtered, treated, sold, or shipped etc.

Extensive Definition

A stockyard is an enclosure for the keeping of livestock. In the United States, stockyards are regulated by the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration. They are sometimes associated with slaughterhouses.
Some stockyards include:
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