Caregivers of a 6-feet 6-inch steer named Chilli in Britain have contacted the Guinness Book of Records to determine if he’s the largest of his kind in the world. Chilli started out as any calf does but soon outpaced his sister and all other calves. Now, he towers over other cows, steers and bulls, which are about 5 feet tall.
He certainly looks like a hulking fellow. I never saw such a large steer in my years of growing up on a farm, but I did see something on the opposite end of the spectrum. When I was a teenager, a little black calf was born on the farm. Dad mentioned the really small calf but I didn’t think much of it, until it got out. It was so small, it walked under the bottom wire on the barbed wire fence. Dad had to put it in a special pen to keep it in.
After that, I went to visit the small calf and found that it looked like a small to medium-sized dog. I even picked it up and cradled it. Eventually, the little calf grew and couldn’t walk under the fence anymore. Dad put it out with the rest of the cattle and the calf became one of the many frolicking in the field. I think it grew into a regular-sized steer or cow, but I doubt it came anywhere close to Chilli.
Dawn Marks, Staff Writer