Dairy Australia offers a number of resources designed to engage and educate students about the ways dairy farmers contribute to our community and our lives.
The Picasso Cow program is a free curriculum program that encourages teachers to educate primary school-aged children about the Australian dairy industry and the health and nutrition benefits of dairy foods as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Schools involved in Picasso Cows are provided with a blank, life size fibre glass cow to paint and decorate in one of three allocated dairy related themes – Unbeatable Bones, Fuel for Life or Farm to Plate. As part of the program schools must also complete a class learning journal that documents their program learnings from start to finish.
The programs have been written in accordance with the new Australian curriculum and they are supported by a selection of resources for teachers in the form of hard copy materials and online resources from Dairy Australia’s Discover Dairy website.
A new initiative for the Picasso Cows program in 2014 was the Picasso Cow Make-over. Designed to re-engage schools previously involved in Picasso Cows, new students are introduced to the program by freshly painting over their existing Picasso Cow in one of the three dairy-related themes. The competition runs at state and national level, with a chance for schools to win cash prizes.
The Picasso Cow program and the Picasso Cow Make-over Program are not being held in 2017. It is hoped they will return as part of the Dairy Australia schools program in 2018.