WHAT A COW!

This tall beast could be Aus­tralia's largest steer

NewsMail - Wide Bay Rural Weekly - - Front Page - AN­DREA DAVY An­drea.davy@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

AL­READY a larger than life char­ac­ter, it’s un­sur­pris­ing Big Moo has set the na­tion abuzz this week.

The South Aus­tralia Guernsey steer has ap­peared on a live TV morn­ing show, gone vi­ral on Face­book and made the pages of sev­eral news­pa­pers.

Stand­ing roughly 190cm, his owner Joanne Vine is on a quest to see if he is the big­gest steer in Aus­tralia.

The mid­wife and an­i­mal lover, said she has been gob­s­macked by all the at­ten­tion.

“I thought it would be fun to have a mea­sure up, to see if we could get all the big cows to­gether and see who had the big­gest,” she said.

“I thought it all would be quite hi­lar­i­ous and then it just took off.”

Big Moo was bucket reared from a calf. In his early days he faced pneu­mo­nia and some ill­nesses but man­aged to over­come them. From then, he never stopped grow­ing.

“Most hand-raised calves grow up to be a pain,” she said.

“But he never did. He has just been mag­nif­i­cent.”

Joanne said he had al­ways been well be­haved and, if he starts run­ning, buck­ing and play­ing close to peo­ple she can make him stand up.

“I think you could hit him

I just rat­tle the leaves from a branch at him and he set­tles down straight away... — Jo Vine

over the head with a spade and he wouldn’t even feel it, but to make him set­tle down I just rat­tle the leaves from a branch at him and he be­haves straight away.”

With all the at­ten­tion, Big Moo now gets reg­u­lar pats and scratches in the pad­dock at Glen­coe from peo­ple want­ing to check him out.

“We al­ways knew he was big, but it wasn’t un­til we shifted him to his new pad­dock we re­alised just how big,” she said.

After care­ful ma­noeu­vring, Big Moo was able to be loaded into a horse float and shifted to his new pad­dock.

“He just fit in the float,” she said.

“But since then he has got big­ger, so we don’t know how we will shift him next time.

“My fo­cus at the mo­ment is find­ing a hal­ter that will fit him. Noth­ing in the shops will be big enough for him, I will need to get it cus­tom made.” If you have a big­ger cow, make you claim on Joanne’s Face­book page, just search ‘Big Moo’.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BIG STEER: Big Moo could be the big­gest beast in Aus­tralia. His ower, Joanne Vine, thinks he is still grow­ing.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Big Moo with Sean Mclach­lan. Sean is 2m tall.

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