Holy cow! Check out the size of Australia's biggest steer, Knickers

Holy cow! Check out the size of Australia's biggest steer, Knickers

Holy cow! Check out the size of Australia's biggest steer, Knickers

Although Knickers could be turned into 4,000 hamburger patties, owner Geoff Pearson says he has no plans to lead him to the slaughterhouse.

"Knickers", an enormous Holstein-Friesian, is making headlines after his owner declared him - unofficially - Australia's biggest steer.

To put it into perspective, the seven-year-old is nearly as tall as National Basketball Association star Michael Jordan and weighs more than a Mini Cooper vehicle at about 1400 kilograms.

He said: "He was always a standout steer from the others, a bit bigger than the rest".

Knickers, the Western Australian steer, is an enormous beast that is making worldwide headlines, standing at a whopping 194cm and weighing in at 1400kg.

Pearson told the BBC that Knickers' name was a result of guilt by association.

Geoff continued: "When he was young, when we first got him, we had a Brahman steer which was a friend of his".

"You'll put him in a paddock and all the other cattle seem to get attracted to him", Pearson told ABC.

As you might have guessed, that is Knickers at the back of the photo - the black and white one with a couple of normal-sized cows sheltering under its belly.

Dr Mothersole said a steer was much more likely to grow tall because a bull would go through hormonal changes that caused the bone growth plates to close.

It was previously thought a South Australian Guernsey steer named Big Moo was the biggest in Australia, but he stood 4 centimetres shy of Knickers' imposing stature.

But despite his giant size, the towering farm animal is amazingly not the tallest cow ever recorded.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world record for the largest bovine is 2267kg while the tallest steer in the record book measures in at just over two metres.

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