Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Huge steer breaks the internet, survives the slaughterhouse

Huge steer breaks the internet, survives the slaughterhouse

In case you haven't caught up, the seven-year-old Holstein Friesian is unofficially Australia's biggest steer, standing 194cm tall and weighing 1.4 tonnes.

Third generation Myalup cattle farmer Geoff Pearson said Knickers' startling size had saved him a trip to the abattoir.

Mr Pearson purchased the steer for $400, according to Perth Now.

Pearson told The Guardian he is unsure what contributed to Knickers' massive size; it's just some "freaky thing".

He was first bought as a "coach" - a steer that leads other cattle - at the age of about 12 months.

Knickers, the mammoth Australian steer, was too large to be sold at an auction.

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However, he faces competition for the title of biggest steer in the yard. But he's very placid, not aggressive, just inquisitive'. Even Pearson doesn't know. It should regulate growth but may have gone haywire.

And one person begs the biggest question of all: "Why is that dang cow such a big boy?"

The average size of a cow across all breeds is 630kg - up 18 per cent in the past two decades.

'He's our favourite and one of our best assets, he's part of the furniture now, ' he said.

Instead, he'll live out his life on the farm, where he's become a natural leader among the other cows. And while it's been fun talking about his unusual animal to journalists from various countries in recent days, Pearson said, he's got more pressing matters. Who'd want to get on his bad side?

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