November 29, 2018

"So this is Fake Moos?"

A perfect comment on "Meet Knickers, the giant cow that is neither a cow nor a giant" (WaPo).

I don't know if you've been following this minor internet craze, but there's a steer in Australia that looks very large. The truth is that "Knickers is not a cow but a steer, and that males are typically quite a bit larger than females" an it's a Holstein standing around with some wagyu cattle, so it's a large breed seen in contrast to a small breed.

26 comments:

tcrosse said...

Margaret Moos was Garrison Kiellor's long-time POSSLQ and the producer of Prairie Home Companion. He dumped her.

tim maguire said...

They talked about this for 15 minutes on CBC radio last night and I don't recall either of those facts being mentioned.

Paul Zrimsek said...

Is Jeannie Moos still doing fake news at CNN?

traditionalguy said...

Chik-Fil-A must be paying for some Fake Moos stories of their own.

rhhardin said...

Cat. Cattle is the diminutive.

Nonapod said...

The extinct Steppe Bison (a close relative of the Auroch and therefore modern cattle) could reach that size and probably bigger.

Kevin said...

Modern journalism: let me introduce you to something that’s nothing like how I described it.

Kevin said...

“So this is fake moos?”

Man bites steer.

Wilbur said...

I like watching the cattle auctions on The Cowboy Channel. Why my urban cable company gives us that channel and not the Rural Channel or whatever it's called is beyond me.

Big Mike said...

Fake moos?

@Althouse, you need to be PUNished.

Static Ping said...

Moo.

Fernandistein said...

The horn on this Siberian rhinoceros (Elasmotherium sibiricum)is bigger than a person.

Static Ping said...

And, for the record, it is a big steer by cattle standards. The reason it has managed to get that large is because no one wants to buy it for slaughter as it does not fit in their equipment.

If aliens ever decide to use us for their cookbooks, all the survivors will be morbidly obese apparently. McDonalds will be a key piece in avoiding extinction.

Fernandistein said...

"Meet Knickers, the giant cow that is neither a cow nor a giant"

Shocking! WaPo contradicted their clickbait headline and verified that Knickers really is a giant.

Also -

"The largest bull ever recorded in the Iowa State Fair was Big Black in 2009, which weighed more than 3,400 pounds. Stalcup Farms Charolais sent Big Black to the state fair and has won the fair's "Big Bull Contest" six times.

This year, a bull named 231Z took the "Big Bull" title, coming in just under Knickers' weight at 3,050 pounds."

dreams said...

A steer is still a cow, definitely not a dog. Try telling a farmer that a steer isn't a cow.

Meade said...

"Try telling a farmer that a steer isn't a cow."

A dairy farmer? I'm pretty sure a dairy farmer would have no argument with that.

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Meade said...

To a cattleman, they are heifers, steers, cows, or bulls. A heifer becomes a cow on impregnation. A steer will never become a bull because he's been made a castrato. He'll neither moo nor bellow.

Darkisland said...

Blogger Paul Zrimsek said...

Is Jeannie Moos still doing fake news at CNN?

You beat me to it, Paul.

I always liked Jeannie Moos. They didn't have her doing news as much as human interest stories back in the 80s and 90s when I actually watched CNN. I liked her style and delivery and the stories were usually interesting if fluffy.

John Henry

Fernandistein said...

A herd of cattle can include cows, bulls and steers. When I think of a cow, I think of this definition.

Yeah, probably for most non-farmers "cow" is close enough.

Personally it amuses me to call anything with horns or antennae a "giant goat", unless it's smaller than a goat.

Rick Turley said...

Pfft! He and the others mentioned above ain'a patch on Old Ben, the pride of Kokomo, Indiana:

"Ben was the most famous animal in Indiana when he fell and broke his leg in early 1910. The doctor who was called to help Ben shot him. Ben weighed nearly 5,000 pounds, he was over 16 feet long, and "his tongue filled a dishpan," according to the back of an old Old Ben post card. His hide was stuffed and mounted on wheels for easy transport. His body was ground into several hundred pounds of Indiana frankfurters."

https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/3620

I don't think the story is correct on his exhibition because I remember seeing him in Highland Park as mentioned in the article and I was long gone by the late 80's. Used to be right next to the world's largest sycamore stump. Not sure if that's still around.

We also had the last (and biggest?) KKK rally outside of town on Pumpkinvine Pike back in the 20's but I doubt they use that too much in the promotional brochures these days.

Leland said...

Did anyone ask the bovine if it identified as a cow or steer?

JML said...

Fake Moos? Udderly ridiculous. Why would you want to milk a pun like that?

n.n said...

Transgender cow.

Dad said...

Meade, you're right about the steer/cow distinction. But a heifer doesn't become a cow on impregnation. She becomes a short bred heifer. When she's close to calving, she becomes a springing heifer, or a "springer". Even after calving, she's universally known as a first-calf heifer. After calving the second time, many will call her a second-calf heifer, though it's not as commonly used as first-calf heifer. By the time she calves a third time, she is mature and is, without doubt, a cow.

Meade said...

Dad, Wow. Just when I thought I knew it all. Glad to have the rest of the story. Thanks!