FARMERS had to rescue a cow stuck in mud near Murwillumbah.
With nothing but its back and head exposed the steer, belonging to grazier Col Brooks, had been trapped overnight and was discovered by a neighbour on Thursday morning.
Dragging the animal out with a tractor and chain was the only option considering the steer weighed over half a tonne.
Mr Brooks said it was a risky rescue for both parties.
"If you put too much pressure on the animal's neck and shoulders you can break its neck or choke it"
After one unsuccessful attempt to drag the big white beast out head on it was decided the best plan of attack was to drag him side on out of the hole.
This worked, but the chain connected to both the beast's neck did not have a quick-realise mechanism so when the animal was clear of the bog all hell broke loose.
Clearly unhappy with being stuck for over 12 hours the steer bucked and ran causing the tractor to almost topple over under the strain.
Eventually the animal became subdued enough to remove the tractor end of the chain resulting in both steer and chain disappearing across the paddock.