Knickers unfurled for worthy cause at Brunswick
World-famous Holstein Friesian steer Knickers is set to step off the farm and back onto centre stage for one of WA’s long-standing agricultural shows in a bid to raise funds for mental health.
Knickers, unofficially Australia’s biggest steer, made international headlines in November last year after The West Australian reported on the bovine behemoth’s 194cm tall and 1.4 tonne frame.
Since capturing a global audience and featuring in publications including The New York Times and Washington Post, the now eight-year-old has spent almost the past year undisturbed at his Lake Preston home.
However, Knickers is poised to return to the limelight this Saturday at the Brunswick Agricultural Show.
Lake Preston cattle producer and Knickers’ owner Geoff Pearson is preparing to haul the friendly beast to the Brunswick Showgrounds for the 88th annual agricultural event to raise funds for the Blue Tree Project.
“Knickers will be in an enclosure where people can pay to come and see him, with the funds to go to a good cause in the Blue Tree Project,” Mr Pearson, the managing director at TW Pearson and Son, said.
“Rural mental health and wellbeing is important in regional WA, so it is good to be supporting that.”
Mr Pearson, whose grandfather Tom Pearson was a Brunswick Agricultural Society foundation member, hatched the plan alongside Brunswick farmer and the society’s incumbent president Rob George.
Knickers will be accompanied by close mate Lucky, a one-year-old Friesian calf that activist James Warden allegedly stole from Michael Partridge’s Brunswick-based dairy.
Mr George — the grandson of Arthur George, who was also a society founding member — said Knickers would be a major drawcard at this year’s Brunswick event.
“Knickers will help give agriculture that boost that it needs,” he said.
“Young in agriculture is the theme of our show this year and we want to encourage people to take on a career in agriculture — we need those young people.”
A RPM cattle crush, which has been painted blue to shine a light on mental health, will also be auctioned to raise funds for the Blue Tree Project.
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