Meat Your Maker: Knickers, Australia's Giant Cow, Escapes Butcher's Knife and Gains Global Fame
Nicknamed ‘Knickers’, the 1,400kg Holstein Friesian towers at 194cm in stark contrast in size to the other Wagyu cattle sharing the field.
In this image made from video taken Nov. 15, 2018, Knickers the steer, center back, is in paddock with cow herd in Lake Preston, Australia. A enormous steer in the state of Western Australia has avoided the abattoirs by being too big. The 194 centimeters-tall bovine, dubbed "Knickers", is believed to be the tallest in the country and weighs about 1.4 tons, local media reported. (Reuters/ Channel 7's Today Tonight via AP)
The viral photos of Knickers, the very large Australian steer, perhaps the largest steer around from the abattoir in Myalup, western Australia, has raised too many questions.
Nicknamed ‘Knickers’, the 1,400kg Holstein Friesian towers at 194cm in stark contrast in size to the other Wagyu cattle sharing the field. Speaking to The Guardian, his owner Geoff Pearson said he thought the seven-year-old creature was Australia's largest.
The title of world’s tallest living steer belongs to Bellino, a Chianina ox based in Italy, according to Guinness World Records. The Italian ox was measured at 2.027m in March of 2010. Knickers stands out from his herd and his size has apparently spared his life.
“It was too heavy. I wouldn't be able to put it through a processing facility,” Mr Pearson told the Perth Now website. “So I think it will just live happily ever after.”
He added that Knickers was bought as a "coach" animal in order to lead the herd and teach other cattle how to live on a farm.
Thought to be Australia’s biggest cow, ‘Knickers’ is over six feet tall. pic.twitter.com/2FHRWa0wxJ
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Pearson said Knickers was too heavy to be slaughtered and will instead get to live out his life in his owner's fields in Lake Preston, southwest of Perth.
Mr Pearson said: "We have a high turnover of cattle, and he was lucky enough to stay behind."
The owner, who explained that the animal's unusual name came from his close friendship with a Brahman steer named Bra, said Knickers had found a new role on the farm leading the other animals.
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