Russle attracts attention from South Australian icon

GOODBYE:Tracie Madden, Mitchell Fahey and Morgan Madden with Russle at the NRLE this morning. Photo: ELISABETH CHAMPION
GOODBYE:Tracie Madden, Mitchell Fahey and Morgan Madden with Russle at the NRLE this morning. Photo: ELISABETH CHAMPION

A very large steer, which attracted plenty of attention at the Naracoorte Regional Livestock Exchange on Tuesday, has found a new home.

Russle, an eight year old Holstein steer who stands at over 1.8 metres tall, and weighs 1110kg, was sold at the NRLE, fetching $2.20 a kilo.

There was a lot of attention on Russle, with South Aussie with Cosi star Andrew "Cosi" Costello making a bid, although he missed out.

"I missed out on my cow. I had Scotty and the Elders team go to $2,100 but he soared past that making over $2,500 (sic)," a Facebook post said.

Russle sold for $2442 at the exchange.

It was an emotional day for his owner Tracie Madden, who hand raised him from a day old.

"We picked him up at the bobby saleyards in Bega when he was a day old," she said.

"He shouldn't have been there at that age, so we picked him up. He was a Valentine's Day present from my partner eight years ago."

According to Ms Madden, he is a gentle giant, and has been since the day they got him.

"You can ride him - my toddler walks all around him," she said.

"I led him onto a horse float to get him here - There wouldn't be too many out there that big that you could lead onto a horse float, you wouldn't see it anywhere else."

Originally coming from New South Wales, the family paid to have him sent to Bordertown, where they have a small acreage.

"He was on my parent's property and he was a bit of a menace - he'd put dents on their cars and stuff, by scratching his bum, so we paid $3000 to truck him over here."

Unfortunately, due to Russle's size, the family had to make the hard decision to sell him, as he was costing too much to feed.

"I didn't want him to fall away, I just cared for him that much, I couldn't not feed him appropriately," she said.

"I really do love him, it was really hard to bring him here."

Luckily, it appears Russle will be able to live out his life, with Naracoorte Regional Livestock Exchange manger Richard James saying he was bought by an undisclosed buyer through Nutrien Bordertown.

"He is going out to a property near Bordertown," he said.,

"He has gone to a good home."