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Mt White muster of a "mob" or a "herd" of cattle?

Mt White muster of a "mob" or a "herd" of cattle? 


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Roy - maybe it's the particular part of the country you're from - we believe 'mob' and 'herd' are interchangeable for cattle that are semi-wild on a big block of land - you wouldn't use 'mob' for dairy cattle, though, because they're too tame and too confined.
But don't take my word for it - do a Google search on NZ websites using the words herd of cattle' and mob of cattle' in quotation marks to identify the words when they're used together - and you'll find 1500 instances of 'herd' and just under 1000 instances of 'mob' - the latter including quotes from agriculture magaziines and sites like MAF and Te Ara. That suggests both words are in common use. And if verifying things on Google seems a bit rough and ready, look at Harry Orsman's New Zealand Dictionary. His definition of 'mob' is 'an assembly of originally large animals often considered in some way wild or needing control, especially farm animals, usually sheep or cattle.' - with quotes going back to the 1920s.

Mon June 22, 2009 11:09AM


RoyT

We enjoyed the episode about Mt White Station and young Mark the musterer. Strange though to have the Kiwi commentator constantly referring to mustering the "mob" of cattle when mob in Kiwi rural parlance would generally refer to sheep.

Sat June 20, 2009 7:47PM



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