Steer too beefy to become burgers sentenced to life - on farm

Australian media say Knickers is believed to be the tallest steer in the country and weighs about 1.4 tons

And Knickers is about six years older than them. And, of course, the Internet is repeatedly spitting out "Holy Cow" puns left and right.

Knickers the steer, center back, stands in a paddock with a herd of cows in Lake Preston, Australia, Nov. 15, 2018.

"I wouldn't be able to put it through a processing facility", farmer Geoff Pearson told Perth Now. He is very big -enormous, actually.

This may not be the last we hear of Knickers either, with Pearson predicting the giant cow will be around for a few more years to come.

The Holstein in the town of Myalup, Australia stands almost two metres tall and weighs more than 3,000 pounds, double the weight of the average dairy cow and about 50 centimetres taller.




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

Cattle in general are also getting bigger due to selective breeding of the heaviest and therefore most lucrative cows for meat production. Despite other members of Knickers's herd being sent to the slaughterhouse, Pearson said he made a decision to let Knickers stay on the feedlot as "he's not hurting anyone".

"We all know when Knickers is on the move", he added.

Per the Guinness World Records, the tallest living steer is Bellino, an Italian Chianina ox who stands at 6 feet, 7 inches. Clearly Knickers is the most popular steer in the bunch, and its newfound fame will only add to that.

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