An Australian steer the height of a professional quarterback has some competition for world’s biggest bovine and a good chunk of them are American cattle.
Knickers, a nearly larger than life Holstein, captivated the internet because of his size. The steer from Western Australia weighs more than 3,000 lb. and measures in at 6 foot 4 inches. At that height Knickers is not only the same size as Super Bowl winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Eli Manning, the steer is in the running for world’s tallest steer.
Once news spread of Knickers size a host of cattle stepped up to the measuring tape to throw their names into the contest.
A California steer named Cowboy comes in at very similar measurements standing 6 foot 4 inches and weighing 3,000 lb.
“He’s just under a hair, and when I mean hair, a hair, under the Guinness World Record for largest steer,” says Lindsey Krause, owner of Cowboy.
To the north, a steer at Kismet Creek Farm in Manitoba, Canada, named Dozer measures in at 6 foot 5 inches. Similar to Cowboy and Knickers, the Canadian entry to the contest is also a Holstein.
“He’s just the friendliest animal,” says Canadian farmer Karl Schoenrock of his large steer Dozer. “He’s not very intimidating at all, except for his size. If you stood next to him he’ll just lay down next to you.”
Back in the U.S., Mississippi farmer touts two steers that could be in running for world’s biggest steer.
Bubba Pinkard’s two steers, named Milo and Otis for the kid’s movie of the same title, weigh a combined 5,900 lb. Milo comes in at 6 foot 7 inches and 3,200 lb., eclipsing Australia’s viral sensation by 3 inches.
“I believe I've got Knickers beat with this old boy right here," Pinkard tells local news station WLBT while sitting atop Otis with his buddy Milo nearby.
Otis is at nearly the same size as Knickers weighing 2,700 lb. and measuring 6 foot 4 inches. The two steers eat about 100 lb. of range cubes per day and feed on hay or graze grass to help keep their size.
“I saw that Knickers, they had him in a pen with a bunch of what I call yearlings,” said Pinkard. “They were young cows, young calves and if I put this one against a young calf, he's gonna look huge.”
If Pinkard’s two Mississippi steers don’t qualify for the Gunnies World Records there might be another bovine in the Magnolia State that could qualify for its lack of size. Lil’ Bill, a premature calf weighing only 7.9 lb., is also capturing the hearts of people online after Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine shared a picture of the calf on Facebook. The small calf is being cared for by veterinarians and they are trying to determine if Lil’ Bill suffers from a form of dwarfism.
AgDay TV national reporter Betsy Jibben has been doing her own research into the world’s biggest bovine and she found a young dairy cow named Paige who could contend in the future:
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