Video: Holy cow! Meet Danniel, the world's tallest bovine
MEET Danniel, the giant bovine whose proud owners believe is the world’s tallest cow.
The huge Holstein steer measures a staggering 6 foot 4 inches tall and weighs a whopping 2300 pounds.
Danniel eats 100 pounds of hay, 15 pounds of grain, drinks 100 gallons of water, and produces 150 pounds of droppings – every day.
Owner Ken Farley, from Eureka, California said: ”We first noticed that he was abnormally big when he was about six months and he was being bottle feed.
“At the end of six months he would just knock the bottle out of my hands and was just too big to handle.”
Danniel’s owners have now had him measured for Guinness World Records in an attempt to have him officially recognized as the world’s tallest steer and are eagerly awaiting the results.
The previous holder of the tallest cow crown was Blossom, a 6ft 2in cow from Illinois who died at the age of 13 in May 2015.
Ken added, “Holsteins are known to be large animals, they’re know for their size, but he is a bit taller than the average Holstein.
“As far as being different from other animals he just eats more and drinks more.”
Sadly, his immense bulk has meant that Ken and Ann could no longer keep Danniel and have now found him a permanent home at Lost Coast Hay Farm.
The manager at the farm, Tom Parker said: “The average size steer would be about 4 ½ feet tall vs the 6 foot 4 that Danniel is.
“The average steer would eat about 20 pounds of hay a day and maybe five pounds of grain a day.
“Danniel eats about 4 times the amount that a normal cow would eat.”
The farm is planning on building a barn for him to stay during the cold weather where people can come and visit him for free.
And owner Ken is convinced the sturdy steer will be pleased to meet his visitors who’ve come to admire the bulky bovine.
He explained: “Daniel was raised as a pet so his temperament is pretty mild.
"He’s kind of like a big puppy.”