Irish bull takes world record, but not for performance

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Guinness World Records has recognized Archie, a 29-month-old Dexter from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, as the shortest bull in the world.

He measures just 76.2 cm (30 in.) from the hoof to the withers, 15 inches shorter than other bulls of his breed.

Guinness says that 15-year-old student and farmer Ryan Lavery bought Archie at five months old and says that if it wasn’t for his small size, the bull’s fate would have been very different. “When we bought Archie, he was destined for beef. However, by Christmastime, he still hadn’t grown and because we had become so fond of him we decided to keep him. His size saved his life and now he’s going to live out the rest of his life as a pet.”

Ryan says Archie may be small, but that hasn’t diminished his “bullish” temperament.

“Archie doesn’t realize that he’s so short. He thinks he’s the biggest in the herd and he’ll grunt and roar at the rest of them. He’s generally OK around the other farm animals like horses and goats, but if something agitates him, he’ll go for them, and even though he’s little, at 155 kg it can hurt.”

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