WHAT A COW!
This tall beast could be Australia's largest steer
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’.
BIG STEER: Big Moo could be the biggest beast in Australia. His ower, Joanne Vine, thinks he is still growing.
Big Moo with Sean Mclachlan. Sean is 2m tall.