As an intended breeding cow, her sole purpose was to give birth to calves that 4-H members would then raise for show and send to slaughter. But Snickers couldn’t get pregnant. As a result, her “owners”—leaders of a Maryland 4-H chapter—had no economic incentive to keep her, and opted to send her to slaughter as well. 4-H programs aim to teach youth the realities of modern-day farming—and Snickers was nearly a casualty of that system.
Farmers tried to impregnate Snickers twice through artificial insemination—a routine, yet painful and traumatic method of reproduction. She would have only been about 15 months old at her first insemination: just a baby, herself. When neither attempt took, Snickers had no value. Without securing a profit from her calves, and the milk she would produce for them, her farmers could see no reason to keep her around.