Students + Calves = Winning Combination - Cowsmo

Students + Calves = Winning Combination

The Adopt a Cow program offers an exciting look inside the world of dairy farming, and it’s free for teachers and students! This program is a partnership between the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and Discover Dairy, an educational initiative of the Center for Dairy Excellence and Undeniably Dairy (DMI). Wisconsin educators can register to “adopt” a calf for their classrooms from one of three Wisconsin dairy farms. Educational lesson plans for teachers follow Common Core standards in Math, Reading and Science.

The program is ideal for traditional schools, homeschool classrooms, after school and library programs, 4-H groups and more. It’s curriculum targets 3rd-4th graders, but all classrooms K-12 are invited to register. 


During the 2021-2022 school year the program reached:

  • Over 1,700 Wisconsin classrooms
  • More than 43,000 Wisconsin students
  • Schools in 70/72 Wisconsin counties

Adopt a Cow programming and curriculum has proven to grow student knowledge about the dairy industry by 67% and increase their trust in the dairy industry by 18%.

Encourage your local educators to enroll in the 2022-23 Adopt a Cow program by visiting before the September 15, 2022 deadline.

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