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

But owner Geoff Pearson of Lake Preston in the state's south-west said Knickers was not destined for the barbecue anytime soon.

Giant cattle are not usually found among the internet's stars but seven-year-old Knickers has found viral fame due to his extraordinary size. He's only seven-years-old, but weighs a whopping 1.4 tonnes, or as it's otherwise known, 50-thousand beef patties.

The average size of a Holstein steer is 5ft 4in but Knickers towers over the rest of his herd in Myalup, Western Australia.

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"He was unable to fit into the supply chain so Knickers lives on", he said. "I wouldn't be able to put it through a processing facility", Mr Pearson told Perth Now.

"We have a high turnover of cattle and he was lucky enough to stay behind", said Pearson. "We all know when Knickers is on the move". If he wants to go for a walk, they follow, if he wants to sit down, they wait around for him to get up'.

But neither Knickers or Big Moo can claim the title, according to Guiness World Records the world's tallest living steer is an Italian chianina ox standing just over 2 metres.

His unusual name comes from his pairing with a long-departed Brahman steer named Bra - giving the farm a "full set of underwear".


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