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World's Tallest Steer Measured At 6-Foot-4 (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante

There is a new record-holder for the world's largest steer.

Danniel, a 6-foot-4, 2,300-pound Holstein steer, has broken the Guinness World Record for world's largest bovine, the Daily Mail reported.

The giant steer lives in Lost Coast Hay Farm in Eureka, California. He eats about four times more than the average bovine.

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Danniel's owners said it eats about 100 pounds of hay and 15 pounds of grain every day. The steer also drinks about 100 gallons of water, and produces about 150 pounds of waste each day.

Ken Farley, the farmer who looked after Danniel when he was born, noticed his abnormal size early on. He said the steer would knock the bottle out of his hands whenever being fed.

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Guinness World Records visited Farley's farm to measure Danniel and confirmed that he broke the world record for tallest bovine. The previous record-holder was Blossom, a 6-foot-2 cow from Illinois, who passed away at age 13 in 2015, The Telegraph reported.

"Holsteins are known to be large animals, they're [known] for their size, but he is a bit taller than the average Holstein," Farley told the Daily Mail. "As far as being different from other animals, he just eats more and drinks more."

Steers have an average height of about 4.5 feet. Danniel is about 2 feet taller than that.

The Lost Coast Hay Farm plans to build a barn for Danniel to stay in during cold weather. The barn would be open to visitors, who can see him for free.

Farley believes Danniel will enjoy having visitors.

"Danniel was raised as a pet so his temperament is pretty mild," Farley said. "He's kind of like a big puppy."

Sources: Daily Mail, The Telegraph / Photo credit: Brad Hagan/Flickr, David Johnson/Barcroft Images via Daily Mail

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