1987 - Volume #11, Issue #5, Page #19[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
World's Largest Living SteerWeighing in at 4,500 lbs., Babe, a Chianina-Charlois-Brown Swiss crossbred, is believed to be the world's largest living steer.
The largest steer ever was "Old Ben" who lived at the turn of the century and reportedly weighed 4,720 lbs. Three years ago FARM SHOW featured Satan, a 17 year old Brahman-Shorthorn crossbred, who at his heaviest weighed 4,600 lbs. However, Satan died about a year ago.
Babe stands 6 ft. 2-in. at the shoulder, and is 12 ft. long. He's owned by Joe Ryan, Beloit, Wis,. who notes that he's had visitors from as far away as Japan stop in to see the gentle giant.
"At birth, seven years ago, he weighed 165 lbs. The vet said it was the largest calf he'd seen born live. After that, Babe gained about 3¢ lbs. day," says Ryan, noting that "area truckers are reluctant to haul Babe to the scale as they're afraid he'll break through the floorboards."
Babe gets an ordinary diet of silage and grain. Ryan notes that despite Babe's size, he's very mild mannered. Although not halter-broken, he does stand for a daily curry-combing.
Ryan would like to find someone to buy Babe and take him on tour throughout the country.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Joe Ryan, Rt. 2, Box 253, Beloit, Wis. 53511.
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