Fond farewell to a very big pet

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By EVIE MARINKOVICH

Alan and Hilary Bland said good­bye to their 795 kilo­gram pet bull Simmy at the Mata­mata sa­le­yard on Mon­day.

Af­ter be­ing in the fam­ily for three years, Simmy sold for $1737 at $2.185 a kg.

Mr Bland said they usu­ally sold their an­i­mals a lot smaller but be­cause Simmy was a fam­ily pet they made sure he never went on the truck.

‘‘He’s grown so big that he started step­ping over the fences and try­ing to run the farm but I quite like to run it my­self so one of us had to go,’’ he said.

Think­ing of Simmy’s fu­ture, Mr Bland said: ‘‘He could come on to your plate as a nice steak but he’s def­i­nitely not McDon­ald’s.’’

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