"She's always gotten close to the animals she shows, but she never got this close before," her grandmother, Alicia Mazoch, added.
In the end, Williams hugged and kissed her old friend goodbye.
Transferred to a feedlot, along with 397 animals, Oatmeal is now property of the Sam Kane meat processing company. And all the overtures from Sonnen-King and an army of Oatmeal's supporters seem to have fallen on deaf ears.
When she spoke with an official at the livestock show, Sonnen-King says she was told that it must end like this. If not, "all the kids are going to want to do it."
Think this steer was born not so much to be slaughtered, but loved?
Get in touch with Rowdy Girl Sanctuary through its website to find out how you can support its bid to save this blind steer. You can also contact State Representative Charlie Geren at 817-738-8333, letting him know how you feel about Oatmeal's plight.