‘Move over Bart', we have a huge steer coming to Woolorama that could steal the show’!

‘Move over Bart', we have a huge steer coming to Woolorama that could steal the show’!

Knickers might be the tallest steer ever discovered; but, we reckon Norman is the heaviest!

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Diana Blacklock, Media
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Rob Atkins and wife Barbara from Dumbleyung, some 40kms east of Wagin, are the proud owners of Norman, a 6-year-old Holsten – Friesian X steer who could weigh close to a whopping 1.5tonnes!!  Norman was purchased from the Harts in Redman and was one of twins. 

Rob reckons if Knickers, the tallest Steer is his twin, it would be a 1 in a million chance!!

Norman's weight is unknown; however, he is both very tall and hefty set, so much so that when getting up from a sitting position, he has to rock back and forth several times to get enough momentum to stand.  Rob's stock agent from up North said he is by far one of the biggest beasts he had ever seen and it would take a specialised processing facility; but Norman is not for sale, he will see his days out on the farm with Rob,  Barb and his mate Ed.

In 2014 Norman was just a normal-sized calf when Rob decided his daughter-in-law Lisa needed a new pet after losing her beloved dog to Cancer.  So, he loaded up the two calves, Norman and Ed, and delivered them to a much-smitten Lisa.  The pair enjoyed more 'dinners than dinner times' according to Rob with Lisa spoiling her beloved and now inseparable steers until they got too big to manage and had to return to Rob with strict instructions not to sell at any price.

Rob has always bought or rescued cattle that are neglected to get them into good condition and give them a good life before sending them onto the market.  Rob reckons food makes all animals quiet, so although Norman is not halter trained, he is calm to food and can be hand-fed, especially with his favourite treat - carrots.

Rob has had a long association with Woolorama in the Shearing Section, winning many competitions.  When he first started shearing in 1970, he was young, short of stature, and only weighed 42kg.  His boss while training told him it would 'hurt too much" Not one to be deterred he quickly learnt to shear 'smarter not harder' and mastered a better technique that allowed him to stay on top of the game for another 30 years.  Two years after he won the prestigious Waroona Show shearing competition –beating the very same boss.  Rob said it was one of the best days of his life, along with the time at the Perth Royal Show when being interviewed and filmed while shearing for a group of American VIPs during their evening meal.

Rob will bring Norman & his mate Ed to Woolorama to entertain and delight the crowds; he is a sight to see!! Make sure you come to the cattle yard to meet Norman, one of the biggest steers you'll ever see.  All proceeds from the 'guess his weight competition' will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Centre-WA, so come and have a guess!

For more information, please contact our Fundraising & Bequests Coordinator on (08) 6500 5501 or email fundraising@bcrc-wa.com.au

   

 

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