Meet Knickers, a cow so big he wouldn't fit in the slaughterhouse

Kelley Robertson
November 30, 2018

At some 1,400kg and 194cm, the seven-year-old is believed to be the biggest steer in a country home to millions of cattle.

The owner says the other cows like to follow him around, maybe because he really stands out in the crowd.

Best of all, Knickers has been given a job as a "coach", which is a steer tasked with leading other cattle around the farm.

That's right, he's not even a man but a steer-a castrated male cow-and he's been making global headlines this week for being too big to become beef.

Thanks to its size, the mammoth Knickers managed to stay out of the slaughterhouse due to the mere fact that he was too big to fit through the processing plant.

WA steer stands at almost 2 metres and weighs 1.4 tonnes

He will now live out the rest of his life on Lake Preston feedlot in Myalup, 136km south of Perth. He's literally too big to fit in the meat processors.

Standing at six feet and four inches, and weighing over 3,000 pounds, Knickers is a man amongst boys in his herd, and thanks to its size, it will help the steer avoid slaughter.

"He was still a standout so we thought let's leave him there, he's not hurting anyone", Pearson said, according to BBC.

While he can't quite stake a claim to be a world-beater, Knickers measures up well against the world's largest steer, a chianina ox named Bellino who measured just over 2 meters (roughly 79 inches) at a cattle show in Rome in 2010.

"Whenever he wants to get up and start walking there's a trail of hundreds of cattle following him", he told ABC News. He told the Guardian, "We don't know that ourselves".


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