Knick­ers spared from knacker’s

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - World -

Al­most as tall as Michael Jor­dan and weigh­ing more than a small car, Aus­tralia’s big­gest steer has enough meat on him to make 3,000 beef pat­ties.

But “Knick­ers” has been spared from the bar­be­cue after it turned out it was too big to be pro­cessed in an abat­toir.

The 1.94m Hol­stein Friesian will in­stead live out its days on a farm south of Perth.

Knick­ers was orig­i­nally pur­chased for A$400 (R4,020). as a 12-month-old to act as a “coach” for other cat­tle.

The steer was put up for auc­tion in Oc­to­ber, where it was granted a re­prieve.

“I wouldn’t be able to put it through a pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity,” farmer Ge­off Pear­son told Perth Now. “So I think it will just live hap­pily ever after.”

Knick­ers earned its name after be­friend­ing a Brah­man steer called “Bra”.

The steer is un­of­fi­cially be­lieved to be the big­gest in Aus­tralia. The pre­vi­ous con­tender, Big Moo, is 4cm shorter.

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