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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Adopt a Cow and Virtual Farm Tours with UDIM

  1. Adopt a Cow – for any age but designed for elementary classrooms

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 dairy farm in Michigan. 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! 


Registration is free and open until September 15, 2021. Make sure you share the program with a teacher you know! Visit to learn more about the program.


  1. Virtual Farm Tours – elementary students

Bring agriculture to life as you and your students take a virtual field trip! Working on behalf of Michigan's dairy farm families, Milk Means More invites you and your students on a FREE Virtual Farm Tour of a Michigan Dairy Farm. There are two dates to choose from. 


Sept. 16, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. – Grades 3-5; 45 minute tour of Ritter Farms

Oct. 15, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. – Grades K-2; 30 minute tour of Walnutdale Farms  


Our LIVE virtual tours offer a great opportunity to have your students visit a dairy farm. These interactive tours help students learn how dairy farmers care for their cows, the land and provide nutritious milk and other dairy foods we all enjoy. Students will have the opportunity to ask the dairy farmer questions during the live tours. Each tour will target grade level academic standards in Science, Social Studies, Health and Technology.  


Teachers can register to join the tour through Zoom and will receive updates and reminders. The virtual farm tour will also be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Visit for more information and to register.




Amiee Vondrasek

Youth Wellness Manager

United Dairy Industry of Michigan

(517) 342-4393


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