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Introducing Big Moo

Big Moo and elderly lady

Big Moo with a fan! 

 

Standing approximately 19 hands high and weighing in at around 1,500kg, Big Moo is no regular bovine. However, it’s not just his size that makes this gentle giant unique.

Big Moo, a nine year old Guernsey steer who lives in Glencoe South Australia, was kept as a pet rather than processed for meat as he had such a sweet nature, according to his owners Joanne and Phillip Vine. They had no idea that their cute calf, who reached a height of around 15 hands as a yearling, would grow to such an astonishing size, nor did they envisage the impact Big Moo would have on their lives, and the lives of those he has helped through his fundraising efforts.

 

Big Moo and fans

Group hang with Big Moo

 

Over the past three years, the Vines and Big Moo have worked together to raise over $5,000 for charity by holding “Moo View” days. Fans flock to see Moo in the flesh, and he loves the attention that comes with his growing celebrity status. Funds raised are primarily donated to the local Riding for Disabled, however Big Moo has also held special fundraising events for local charities Heart Kids and Stand Like Stone.

Big Moo’s contributions to Riding for the Disabled are not his only links to the equine world. Big Moo is in fact an Interpath brand ambassador, working alongside renowned English and Western riders to promote the brand! Consuming the equine joint health product Epiitalis Forte is a daily ritual Big Moo undertakes to help manage the arthritis he experiences due to his immense size and weight, and he is a much happier and more mobile animal since his owners started supplementing him with this product.

 

Big Moo in cap

Big Moo is in fact an Interpath brand ambassador, working alongside renowned English and Western riders to promote the brand!

 

Joanne explains “I’d used 4Cyte with great success with our dogs and horses, and I thought it could help Big Moo so we approached the Interpath team at Equitana to see if it had ever been used for cattle. Damien and Rebecca Lubeek from Interpath took a great interest in Big Moo and offered some product for him to try. It really helped and we are so grateful for their ongoing support!”.

As many horse owners know, introducing a new supplement to an animal’s diet can be a challenge. If a 1,500kg animal decides he does not wish to consume something, it can be a hard task to convince him to! Fortunately, Epiitalis Forte is very palatable, and Big Moo is fed his daily dose on a bed of his favourite snack; Weet Bix!

With the help of Epiitalis Forte, the Vines hope that Big Moo can continue to put smiles on faces and fundraise for charity for many years to come.

 

big Moo and little girl

Big Moo is fed his daily dose of Epiitalis Forte on a bed of his favourite snack; Weet Bix!


 

This article was written in conjunction with Interpath. 

 

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