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· Holy cow: Knickers, Australia’s beefiest steer, becomes a global celebrity
· What Makes That Steer (Not Cow) So Big? Cattle’s Mysterious Genes
Holy cow: Knickers, Australia’s beefiest steer, becomes a global celebrity
The New Daily (Australia)
Nov 28, 2018
In the relentless contest of “world’s biggest animals”, a 194cm-tall [6.36 feet] Aussie bovine has dramatically raised the steaks.
Residing on a property at Myalup, Western Australia, the seven-year-old Holstein Friesian steer is more than twice the size of the other cows in his herd.
He was first discovered by news outlets in October, but the beast’s udderly ridiculous stature only began to go viral earlier this week when the story caught international attention.
Since then, dozens of sources have been looking for inventive ways to fit the discovery into their regular coverage – some attempts more successful than udders.
Every major news outlet around the globe seems to have become enamoured with the steer and have been mooved to report on it, from the Daily Mirror to New York Magazine.
No bull, owner Geoff Pearson told Perth Now that Knickers’ impressive stature should save him from becoming mince meat – as he is simply too big for the local abattoir.
“It was too heavy. I wouldn’t be able to put it through a processing facility,” he told Perth Now.
“So I think it will just live happily ever after.”
Naturally, cow fans on social media began milking Knickers for all he was worth...
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What Makes That Steer (Not Cow) So Big? Cattle’s Mysterious Genes
It also helps to be castrated and live a long time.
By James Gorman, The New York Times
Nov. 28, 2018
Once upon a time, everyone hoped that the internet, instead of becoming a bottomless pit of iniquity, would be filled with good and interesting information about large cattle.
And lo, it is.
But the viral photos of Knickers, the very large Australian steer, perhaps the largest steer around, have raised more questions than a leak from the Mueller investigation. The main one being, how did he get to be 6 foot 4 inches at the shoulder, and weigh about 3,000 pounds, so big that he escaped the abattoir. The answer seems to be if you’re a good-sized Holstein steer and you live long enough, you too could be a contender.
What are Holsteins?
They are the Ben and Jerry cows, black and white. They are bred to produce milk. The breed is 2,000 years old and originated in Europe. They are also raised for their meat, and, since Knickers was a steer (a castrated bull), he unfortunately had no future in the dairy business.
How big do cattle usually grow? ...
And what about bulls? ...
What determines size for cattle? ...
How unusual is a 6-foot-4 Holstein? ...
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