Robert and Donna Wicks' impressive five-year-old Friesian bullock

Robert Wicks with his five-year-old bullock. Photo: Ruby Pascoe
Robert Wicks with his five-year-old bullock. Photo: Ruby Pascoe

Robert and Donna Wicks have lived on their farm at Pola Creek in the Macleay for 30 years, with the last five of those years alongside their eye-catching Friesian bullock who stands at an estimated height of just under six foot.

Robert said he has had many people stop to speak with him about the gentle giant over the years.

"A lot of people always ask what we fed him for him to grow so big, but he wasn't on any special diet," he said.

The story of how Robert and Donna came to own the large Friesian bullock is quite sad.

"We had a calf that was hit by a car and decided to ask the Farley's if they could spare us a calf for the cow that had lost her own," Robert said.

"We had him from a week old and he was reared on a cow, maybe that's what made him grow so big, but I'm not sure.

"We think it might just be genetics and his breed."

Although the five-year-old bullock's height isn't in freak territory for the Holstein-Friesian breed, he is at the taller end for the existing known range for males which is around 170-180cm.

"It's also quite extraordinary to see a bullock of his age, they are usually sold earlier than five years. So he has had the time to grow," Robert said.

"We've had other bullocks over the years and there were a few that grew quite big, but not as big as this one."

The Wicks' five-year-old bullock towers over Donna. Photo: Ruby Pascoe

The Wicks' five-year-old bullock towers over Donna. Photo: Ruby Pascoe

Robert and Donna have around 20 head of Angus cattle and said the bullock stands out in the paddock next to them.

"He's really just a big quiet thing, he's been so good over the past five years," Donna said.

Although the Friesian's size is within the biological parameters of his breed, Robert and Donna have found his height a challenge to overcome when doing cattle work.

"Robert has to stand on a bucket to needle him because it's so hard to reach his back," Donna said.

"We're also going to have to build a second crush for him because he doesn't fit in the one we have," Robert added.

Robert and Donna are set to part with their bullock in the coming weeks, the five-year-old is booked in to be sold at Wingham when there is room on the truck.

"We're hoping that within the fortnight we'll be able to get him on the truck," Robert said.

"It will be sad to see him go, he's been a part of the farm for the past five years," Donna added.

"It's just amazing to see how big he's grown in the past five years with no special treatment."

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