1984 - Volume #8, Issue #6, Page #17[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
World's Largest Living Steer
Satan, a cross between a Brahman and a shorthorn, stands 10 ft. tall at the horns and is 13 ft., 8 in. long. Perfectly proportioned, Satan was never fed an all-grain diet to put on fat as has been done with other record-size animals in the past.
Satan's parents were nothing out of the ordinary and went to slaughter at a normal age. But Satan became a pet around the ranch and as he grew larger, Mericle knew he had something special. When he became full-grown at about 5 years of age, Mericle decided to take him on the road. Over the next 5 years, Satan covered 147,000 miles, traveling to shows, rodeos, and parades. For the past 6 years he's simply relaxed and greeted the occasional visitor to the ranch.
Mericle searches continually for a larger steer but he's never found one. "Old Ben, an animal that lived around the turn of the century, weighed more at 4,720 lbs. but he wasn't proportioned as well as Satan. I believe this is the most magnificent steer ever born," says Mericle.
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