a person whose occupation is tending and herding cows.

before 1000; Middle English couherde, Old English cūherde; see cow1, herd2 Unabridged
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cowherd (ˈkaʊˌhɜːd)
a person employed to tend cattle

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Example sentences
And a certain cowherd, as he stood leaning on his staff, pinned him down fast
  by the head.
Cowherd seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
Increased calving rate of the cowherd optimizes the profitability of beef
Increasing the length of time that a cow remains in the cowherd reduces the
  number of heifers that need to be developed each year.
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