Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

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Oklahoma Dairy

June is National Dairy Month!

The cow is of the bovine ilk;
One end is moo, the other milk.

Ogden Nash

More Poems and Songs about Cows

  • Milk comes from a cow's udder. It is produced after the cow gives birth to her first calf.

  • Milk was named Oklahoma's official state beverage on November 2, 2002.

  • Some common dairy cattle have markings that make them easy to recognize. Holstein cattle are probably the easiest to recognize because they are white with black spots. But dairy cattle, like beef cattle, come in many different colors.

  • In 2016, the average number of milk cows in Oklahoma was 37,000. In 2016 milk production ranked number 7 in value among all Oklahoma commodities, with a value of $134 million. The largest population of dairy cows was in Tillman County.

  • Oklahoma dairy cows produced 720 million pounds of milk in 2015. The average Oklahoma milk cow produced 18,462 pounds of of milk in 2015.

Activity: Thumb Print Cows

Materials Needed:  cow pattern, black or purple ink pad

  1. Discuss: The most common breed of dairy cattle in Oklahoma is Holstein. Holstein cattle are white with black spots. Each cow's spots are unique, just as each person's thumbprints are unique.
  2. Provide each student with a copy of the cow pattern.
  3. Students will use the stamp pad to stamp thumbprints all over the cow pattern to make cow spots.
  4. Students will color the cow’s ears, face, tail and udder.

Writing Prompt: Write a metaphor for ice cream or use ice cream as a metaphor for something else.


Smart Board Activity: Dairy Fiction or Nonfiction

More Dairy Facts

More Dairy Lessons

Ice Cream in a Bag


Butter, Butter, Shake, Shake, Shake

More Dairy Recipes

Fuel Up to Play 60 (National Dairy Council fitness program)

Gilmer Dairy Farm on YouTube

Early Developments in the American Dairy Industry


Llewellyn, Claire, Milk: What's for Lunch, Franklin Watts, 2003. (Grades 1-3)

Coloful, high-quality photos complement the text and help tell the story. The book accurately depicts modern dairy production and processing.

Murphy, Andy, Out and About at the Dairy Farm, Picture Window, 2004. (Grades K-5)

Introduces calves, heifers and milkers with full-color illustrations and fact-filled text. Includes a topic-related activity, an index, a vocabular list and fun facts.

Peterson, Cris, Clarabelle: Making Milk and So Much More, Boyds Mills, 2007. (Grades PreK-2)

Clarabelle represents the average dairy cow in a modern dairy operation. The images depict a free stall cattle operation, a modern milking parlor, bulk tanks holding milk and the total feeding operation. Separate images identify the various components of Clarabelle's complete dairy ration. Includes a glossary.

Taus-Bolstad, Stacy, From Grass to Milk, Lerner, 2004. (Grades 3-5)

Simple sentences describe the process from cow to milking and processing. All the images are of modern farm equipment and modern processing operations. Includes a short glossary.

Background and above photo courtesy of Oklahoma State University

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Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom


Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.