Adopt a Cow

Wednesday, September 06, 2023 5:40 PM | Jessica Eaton (Administrator)

On behalf of The Dairy Alliance, a nonprofit organization representing dairy farm families of Kentucky and seven additional southeastern states: 

Our most popular in-class education program is Adopt A Cow (AAC—flyer attached), a FREE program offered to all K-12 classrooms.  Throughout the program, students will find out what the calf’s name is, when her birthday is, where she lives and how the farmer takes care of her. We’ll also send photos of the cow, activity sheets for the students, a PowerPoint full of information and photos, and a suggested lesson that follows Common CORE standards and Next Generation Science Standards through email and the Adopt A Cow portal.  Also, for the first time this year, high-school specific lessons exploring careers in the dairy industry will also be included.  What once was primarily an elementary school program has quickly grown to become very popular at all grade levels!

Forget the guinea pig. How about adopting a 1,500-pound dairy cow for your classroom mascot? Don’t worry about finding a pen big enough to hold her. The photos and stories we’ll send you about her life on the farm will make her come alive for your students!

The Discover Dairy “Adopt a Cow” program is an exciting, year-long experience for your classroom. Throughout the program, you’ll get an inside look at dairy farming and be paired with a calf from a working dairy farm in the United States. You’ll find out what her name is, when her birthday is, where she lives, and how the farmer takes care of her. You’ll also receive progress updates, photos of the cow, live chats from the farm, activity sheets for your students, suggested lessons that follow Common CORE standards, and even opportunities to write letters to your calf! All updates are easily accessible via an online portal and app for Apple and Android.

Register for this school year between May 1 and September 15, and join the moo-vement that has impacted 1+ million students across the globe! Visit to learn more about the free program.

Discover Dairy is an educational series managed by the Dairy Excellence Foundation in partnership with American Dairy Association Northeast, American Dairy Association Indiana, American Dairy Association Mideast, Midwest Dairy, The Dairy Alliance, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, Dairy Council of Arizona and Nevada, Dairy West, New England Dairy, Dairy Farmers of Washington, Dairy Council of Florida, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council, and Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council.

Adopt a Cow Flyer 2023.pdf

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