Steer drawing attention among herd of cattle due to enormous size

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The steer - a neutered male cow - is so huge he was unable to be processed at the slaughterhouse and as a result managed to save himself from a premature death, according to his owner.

Standing at almost two-metres tall and weighing 1.4 tonnes, "Knickers" is unofficially the largest steer in Australia.

The 7-year-old Holstein-Friesian is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 3,086 pounds.

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Knickers sticks out in a herd of cattle as he towers over all the other cows at his farm in Myalup.

Despite other members of Knickers's herd being sent to the slaughterhouse, Pearson said he chose to let Knickers stay on the feedlot as "he's not hurting anyone".

"We have a high turnover of cattle and he was lucky enough to stay behind", said Pearson.

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Owner, cattle farmer Geoff Pearson, told Perth Now that Knickers' size could even save his life, as he's too big for the local abattoir. I wouldn't be able to put it through a processing facility. So his name was bra ... so we (had) bra and knickers. Instead, he helps out by leading other cattle around the place.

He received his unusual name due to his owner already owning a Brahman steer, named "Bra".

"Whenever he wants to get up and start walking, there's a trail of hundreds of cattle following him".

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The world's tallest living steer, or bovine of any kind, is an Italian chianina ox called Bellino that stands just over two metres, and the heaviest ever weighed 2,267kg (5,000lbs).