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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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 ‘Adopt A Cow’ initiative to educate youth about farm life

An ‘Adopt A Cow’ initiative across the waters in the USA, spearheaded by Discover Dairy, across-curricular educational series, is set to educate the upcoming generation about farm life.

The series aims to show students where milk comes from and highlight the ever-increasing vital role of dairy farmers.

As part of the programme, which is said to have impacted north of one million students across the globe, schools adopt an animal for a free, year-long experience for their classroom.

Adopt A Cow

After pairing with an animal from a dairy farm in the US, the school and its student will receive progress about her growth and other activities throughout the year – including photos, video updates, activity sheets and suggested lessons, while there will also be an opportunity to write letters to host farmers.

In addition, the programme offers interactive farm tours and virtual chats and can be used for virtual or in-person instruction, with a live chat opportunity via YouTube between the host farm and school.

The programme is available to schools free of charge, through donors and partners, and welcomes applications for its 2023 tranche before September 15th, 2023.

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A spokesperson said: “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 Programme is just one of many ways to Discover Dairy in your classroom.”

“The Adopt A Cow Programme works diligently to provide an individual experience for everyone involved.”

“However, as a FREE program, we do only work with about 85 calves, and we have more than 40,000 registrants 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 December, February and April. In between the updates, we will share activity and lesson ideas through our Sunday Funday resources email and landing page.”

Each school that signs up for the programme will next month receive a designed ‘cow code’ for the academic school year, which is valid until the following August.

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