COULD this Fleurieu Peninsula Friesian be South Australia's next big bovine sensation?
A couple of years after the passing of Big Moo, a 190 centimetre tall Guernsey from Glencoe, a gentle giant called Abraham stands head and shoulders above its herdmates at Wattle Flat, near Myponga.
The Chipman family, owners of the hand-raised poddy calf from a nearby dairy, speculate that the seven-year old steer may still be adding centimetres to his already massive frame.
Abraham towers over Sean and Belinda and looks to comfortably surpass the 6-foot (183cm) mark.
"We'll have to get him measured officially, because he'd have to be close to a record," Belinda said.
"You bring him into the yards and he's higher than the top rail."
While Abraham helps himself to the best hay by nudging the other cattle with his imposing frame, the Chipmans say he is a softy at heart.
"I'm sure he'll stay with us forever. If he's laying down asleep in the paddock, our daughter will climb on his back and he's not worried," Belinda said.
Along with cattle, the Chipmans own sheep, horses and goats.
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Owning goats has been beneficial, with the high fence put in to stop them wandering also curtailing some cheeky behaviour from Abraham.
"He is a jumper, which is not good," Belinda said.
" I met the local constabulary one night when he got out, and they were not impressed. He used to hop over the fence like a showjumper.
"We put in a 1.5 metre fence out the back for the goats, instead of the standard height, and he can't jump over that luckily."
So where does Abraham rate when it comes to the world's biggest bovine?
While he has not been officially measured, he will do well to measure up to 'Knickers', a 194cm Holstein Friesian steer from Myalup, WA, that hit the headlines in 2018.
'Bellino', a chianina ox is thought to be the world's tallest steer recorded, measuring a whopping 202.7cm at the withers.
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