Definition of farrow in English:


Line breaks: far¦row
Pronunciation: /ˈfarəʊ


1A litter of pigs.
More example sentences
  • It is now like the old sow consuming its farrow.
  • She is the sow that eats her farrow, consuming her own children.
  • Disposal costs were estimated for a swine production system that needs to dispose of 40,000 pounds/year or 110 lb. / day, as would be the case in a 300 sow farrow to finish operation with average death losses.
1.1An act of giving birth to a litter of pigs.


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(Of a sow) give birth to (piglets): the pig is one of a litter of nine farrowed in July
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  • The hogs are farrowed outdoors or in barns or hoop buildings with bedding.
  • They started farrowing hogs when they moved to the rented farm in 1991 and have a traditional farrow-to-finish setup.
  • In 1991, 15.8 pigs were farrowed per sow in the United States, whereas in 2001, 17.6 pigs were farrowed per sow, amounting to an 11% increase in efficiency.


Old English fearh, færh 'young pig', of West Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek porkos and Latin porcus 'pig'.

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