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Meet Tommy, The Gentle Giant Now Known As The Tallest Steer Alive.

A man and a woman stand next to Tommy the steer who is so large he won a Guinness World Record. The woman holds the framed certificate proving it.

When Fred Balawender bought a steer for only $10, he had no idea how big he’d get — both literally and figuratively. He could always tell that Tommy was large for his age, but by the time he was around 5 years old, it was clear that this cow was special. He just kept growing and now, at 13 years old, Tommy is 6 feet and 1 inch tall and 3,000 pounds.

This massive guy is allowed to eat however much he wants, a method that has kept him healthy. This means he eats about five gallons of grain and a bail and a half of hay in a single day. Plus, he washes it all down with two bathtubs worth of water.

Fred Balawender proudly stands in front of Tommy the steer, who is facing to the right of him. Standing, Tommy is taller than Fred.

Personality wise, Tommy is the definition of a gentle giant. He’s always been a calm and kind creature, including towards children who love to visit him.

He had already made a name for himself locally, but now Tommy can officially say he’s a record-breaking steer — according to Guinness World Records, he’s the largest living steed! I have a feeling he plans on celebrating this impressive feat with lots and lots of yummy food.

“He’s like our pet,” Fred said. “He’s just something to be proud of, and I really, really like the guy. He’s everybody’s friend up here. Everybody knows Tom.”

Watch giant Tommy in action in the video below.

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