West bull that's heavier than a family car breaks world weight record
He is heavier than the average car, tall as the average man and is now enjoying life in the celebrity limelight after being crowned the biggest bull on the planet.
The mighty Field Marshall looked on unphased as hundreds of visitors gasped in awe at his sheer size and tried their luck by guessing his weight as the giant beast took to the scales for the first time in 12 months at an agricultural show at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, near North Petherton, on Monday.
Stay put: Two boys look on with shock at the massive size of The Field Marshall at the Sedgemoor Auction Centre
Biggest bull on the planet: Two year old Tia Stanbury with farmer Arthur Duckett stand beside Seven-year-old Charolais bullock called Field Marshall the biggest bull in the world: Tia Stanbury, 2, and Arthur Duckett stand beside The Field Marshall
The seven-year-old Charolais was placed on a set of scales usually used for lorries and weighed in at more than 3,500lb – having ballooned by a staggering 500lb in one year.
The Field Marshall's owner, 78-year-old Arthur Duckett, of Alstone, near Highbridge, said he knew his beloved beast would become a record breaker and follow in the footsteps of his former stablemate The Colonel, a Simmental Holstein breed.
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"The Field Marshall is a monster specimen, no doubt," he said. "He's definitely heavier than The Colonel, which makes him the biggest bull in the country. And unless anyone else comes forward, he is also the heaviest bull in the world."
The Colonel, who stood 6ft 5in tall, and weighed 3,500lb had to be put down in 2005 after suffering severe back problems.
The Field Marshall, a white steer, shares a field on Mr Duckett's farm with a 5ft 6in Highland steer and a small Friesian.
He is now heavier than a Mini Cooper car, which weighs 2,458lb, and a BMW 3 series, which tips the scales at just 3,053lb.
Mr Duckett, who at 5ft 8in is already dwarfed by his bull – puts The Field Marshall's incredible size down to his parentage, appetite and the fact that he has been neutered, which boosts his growth. He eats more than 30lb of feed every day and is now more than 1,000lb heavier than the average six-year-old Charolais bullock, which tips the scales at 1,900lb.
Yesterday The Field Marshall was weighed for a guess-the-weight charity competition at the Fatstock agricultural show to raise cash for an oncology unit at Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital.
To calculate his weight, the organisers first had to weigh Mr Duckett's empty van and then weigh it again with The Field Marshall in the back. "He's still getting bigger. Field Marshall is still just a teenager really – he's got a lot of growth left in him yet," Mr Duckett said.
He added: "It was when I saw his father that I knew this animal had the potential to become gigantic."
"I've been keeping large cattle for 40 years now and I knew as soon as I saw him that he was going to be very large.
"He is a pedigree bull and he is already heavier than the average car. When he gets angry he can do some real damage, although he is very good tempered."
He said The Field Marshall has become part of the family and the pair enjoy a special understanding: "He would have been killed for beef a long time ago, but I knew he had the potential to make a large animal.
"He likes me and I like him and I wouldn't want to break up that relationship by selling him."