Meet “Knickers,” the steer.

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  1. gotlost

    gotlost Surin Legend

    Meet “Knickers,” the steer. This steer weighs more than 3,000 pounds and is more than six feet tall, making him too big to be slaughtered. Story: : Today Tonight


  2. Coffee

    Coffee Surin Legend

    Australian ?
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  3. Coffee

    Coffee Surin Legend

    Surely an authorized livestock veterinarian will check the steer for bovine growth steroids...or at least check its thyroids.
  4. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member

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  5. Coffee

    Coffee Surin Legend

    "Just a big steer"...never knew Holsteins grew to six feet in height.
  6. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member

    A healthy calf weighs 40 to 50 kg (75-110 lb) or more at birth. A mature Holstein cow typically weighs 680–770 kg (1500-1700 lb), and stands 145–165 cm (58-65 in) tall at the shoulder. Holstein heifers should be bred by 11 to 14 months of age, when they weigh 317–340 kg (700-750 lb) or 55% of adult weight. Generally, breeders plan for Holstein heifers to calve for the first time between 21 and 24 months of age and 80% of adult body weight. The gestation period is about nine and a half months.
  7. gotlost

    gotlost Surin Legend

    Is the 'Big Cow' All an Illusion? Why Knickers Isn't as Giant as He Seems

    Inside Edition Staff

    1 hr ago

    Is Australia really the land of the "giant cow"?

    Knickers, the 6-foot-4 tall bovine, went viral for his shocking size. Turns out, it’s partly an illusion.

    The Washington Post revealed Knickers looks much bigger than he is because he is surrounded by wagyu cattle, a breed that averages only about 4.5 feet tall.

    The rest of the cattle in the shot are also only about a year old, while Knickers is 7 years old and fully grown.

    “He looks so huge next to those yearlings,” Mike Stura, owner of Skylands Animal Sanctuary in New Jersey, told Inside Edition. “Even a bus, if you park it next to your house it looks huge. If you park it next to a skyscraper, it doesn’t look so huge.”

    And despite his moniker, Knickers is not a cow at all.

    The term “cow” refers to females that have had at least one calf, while a steer, which is what Knickers is, is a male bovine that's been castrated before reaching maturity. Knickers' breed, a Holstein Friesian, is also known for growing quite large.

    “The Holstein boys are massive, they just aren’t usually allowed to grow to their full size,” Stura said. “Their moms would have been dairy cows. It’s not often that we see the males of dairy types fully grown.”

    Even so, Knickers is big for his breed. While most Holstein steers weigh just under a ton, Knickers weighs around a ton and a half – about the size of a small sedan. Knickers is also around a foot taller than the average Holstein steer.

    The record for the world’s tallest steer, however, is held by an Italian Chianina ox named Bellino, standing at 6-foot-7.
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