June 6, 2006--Posted at 7:00 a.m. CDT
RIPLEY COUNTY, MO-- He's a legend around the hills of Ripley county, as he should be. His name is Freckles and he's one humongous cow. Freckles the steer stands more than 6 feet tall and is estimated to weigh 3,000-3,500 pounds. And while that sounds intimidating, his owner, Jan Rogers, calls Freckles a real pussy cat. She named him Freckles because of his light, spotted coat.
Rogers saved Freckles and another cow, "Shorty", when she bought the farm nine years ago, they were the only calves she could keep. She said she had an instant bond with Freckles, but had no idea how big he would get. "He eats a lot," said Rogers "but I believe it's my love that's helped him to grow so big." Freckles loves white bread and eats it right out of Rogers' hand and she also feeds him plenty of sweet grain.