Steer too beefy to become burgers reprieved to life on farm

Knickers the huge steer

The giant steer, who goes by the name of "Knickers", weighs 1.4 tonnes and stands a staggering 194cm off the ground.

The 7-year-old stands at a whopping 194 centimeters (76 inches) tall - nearly as tall as National Basketball Association legend Michael Jordan - and weighs 1.4 tonnes (3,086 pounds), its owner says.

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.

Knickers' massive 30kg-a-day diet is a mix of natural green pasture and rations of cereal grain, and though he has always been a big eater, Mr Pearson puts his size mostly down to genetics.

He towers over the other cows at his farm in Myalup, Australia.

Knickers

"We have a high turnover of cattle and he was lucky enough to stay behind". "I wouldn't be able to put it through a processing facility", Mr Pearson told Perth Now.

The beast cost owners about $285 and they bought him as a "coach" to take charge of the herd.

An Italian cow called Bellino holds the Guinness World Record for tallest living steer measuring 2.027m.

That being said, Knickers still is milking this opportunity of fame.

While he said it wasn't unusual to a Friesian steer to grow extra-large if castrated young, the hormonal changes could allow the steer's bone growth plates to keep growing if the animal was allowed to live out its life.

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