Adopt A Cow – Frequently Asked Questions

NO! The Adopt A Cow program is FREE for everyone to enjoy! If you’d like to donate you are welcome to. If you donate $30, we will send you a gift of a stuffed cow, a special Adopt A Cow journal, and journal activities for your class.

Registration is now closed but will reopen on August 1, 2022. If you would like to be notified when registration opens again, please complete the short form at the bottom of this page:

The Adopt A Cow program is written for in-classroom learning, but it can easily be adapted for anyone to use it! This includes after-school programs, out-of-school programs like 4-H and scouts, libraries, nursing homes, and more!

You will receive an email with your adopted calf by the end of October 2021 via email.

Thank you for your donation! The Cow & Journal kits will be mailed out by the end of October 2021.

If you are one of the first 100,000 to sign up, you will get a photo of your calf and your official adoption certificate mailed to you in November 2021. We hope you enjoy.

Later in October we will share the link to use to connect with your host farmer via email. We do not provide the farmer’s personal information or address. Our contact form works well, and we hope you use it to contact your farmer! Please refrain from reaching out to the host farmers on your own.

Overall, none of the host farms are available for personal farm tours. Please DO NOT arrive unannounced on the farm. These are fully functioning businesses and farmers that care deeply about biosecurity and the safety of you, and their cows. If you are interested in touring or visiting the farm, individual requests can be sent to, however many farms do not offer personal tours.

Absolutely! Please realize, these farmers are receiving many letters and it isn’t realistic for them to write back, but please know they LOVE getting your beautiful letters in the mail. It brightens their day. Please send all your letters to us and we will pass them along:

Dairy Excellence Foundation, Attn: Brittany Snyder, 2301 N Cameron Street, Suite 407, Harrisburg, PA 17110

The Adopt A Cow Program works diligently to provide an individual experience for everyone involved. However, as a FREE program, we do only work with about 100 calves in the program, and we have more than 28,000 registrants in the program this year. We do adopt each calf multiple times to provide everyone with a calf.

We will announce your calf adoption in October, and send updates in January, and March. In between the updates, we will provide updated height and weight information about your calf and will share photos and videos as we get them from our host farms.