Adopt a Cow

A year-long experience in your classroom

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!

Did you know with every $10.00 donation you make to Discover Dairy, you are giving a classroom the opportunity to participate in the Adopt A Cow program? As a thank you gift, you will receive a customized ear tag! Click here to donate.

Important Adopt A Cow Program Details:

  • This program is completely FREE! No costs from beginning to end.
  • No approval process! Once you complete and submit the enrollment form below, your classroom will be registered to adopt a cow for the current school year.
  • Registration for each academic year is from August 1 to September 15.
  • No information will be sent out until the calves are born and registration is closed (by November).
  • IMPORTANT! To receive the updates, please mark the email “” as a safe sender email. Otherwise, your updates are likely to go into your spam folder.

Timeline of Events:

  1. November: Introductory email (sent via email) and kit with details about the host farm and calf (sent via snail mail) are sent.
    • NOTE: The mailed kit is only for traditional educators in the United States. All other groups, home school groups, virtual groups, and out of country registrants will receive the materials in a digital form.
  2. January: Update #2 is emailed.
  3. March/April: Update #3 is emailed.
  4. April/May: An opportunity to live chat your calf and host farm via YouTube.

You are eligible to sign up if…

  • You teach in a traditional classroom setting.
  • You are homeschooling your kids/family members/friends.
  • You run an after school program.
  • You facilitate a library program.
  • You have an agriculture program at your museum or kid’s center.
  • You are one of the above and are teaching/leading from in or outside of the United States (yes, anyone can join the program, even from New Zealand!)

What kind of information can I expect?

Throughout the program, you’ll find out what her 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 through email.

We encourage classes to fully engage in this program and even write letters to their calf and host farm family, not only to practice their writing skills but also to show their love for their calf. In the end, we keep you posted on her progress while you and your students enjoy the cuteness of your adorable calf. The Adopt A Cow Program is just one of many ways to Discover Dairy in your classroom!

See sample introductory packet.

Registration is Now CLOSED! 

Sorry to those who missed out on the fun this year, but we hope to have you join the fun next year!

Registration will open on August 1!