Dairy Science Club raises money for cow's retirement

Posted: July 19, 2016 10:37 AM

Dairy Science Club raises money for cow's retirement

The University of Georgia’s Dairy Science Club is raising money on gofundme to start a retirement fund for a beloved cow named Charisma.

Charisma is twice as old as the average dairy cow and has spent 13 years as a resident of the UGA Teaching Dairy outside of Athens, Georgia. After her retirement, club members and advisors hope to use Charisma as a tool for public outreach.

“She is easy going, never causing trouble or getting into mischief,” said Kayla Alward, club president and dairy science major. “Charisma just kind of oversees everyone else; she'll put a cow in their place if they're misbehaving, but for the most part she's the equivalent to your sweet grandma who loves you, watches over you, feeds you and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.”

The club takes their selected public relations animal to a variety of events throughout the year in hopes of teaching others about dairy science. In the past, the club has chosen a calf to attend events like the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Welcome Back BBQ and South Campus Tailgate.

At these events the club’s calf was a huge hit, with both children and adults crowding around to take photos or pet the animal. Now, the Dairy Science Club hopes to make Charisma their mascot.

“She's been there for years and has been special to several workers, students and professors and impacted several in finding their passion for dairy and animal science,” said Sarah Jane Thomsen, the club’s public representative and senior double major in animal and dairy science. “She's one of those cows that connects people…”

The Dairy Science Club hopes to raise $1500 to allow Charisma to retire and become the club’s public relations representative. Thirteen people have donated thus far, but the club is still short of its goal.

Contributions towards Charisma's retirement are accepted via her gofundme page or as a check. Checks can be made payable to the UGA Dairy Science Club and sent to 425 River Rd. Rhodes Center for ADS, Athens, GA 30602.


Make Checks Payable to UGA Dairy Science Club

  • Rhodes Center for Animal and Dairy Science
  • 425 River Rd.
  • Athens GA, 30602
UGA Dairy Science Charisma
  • CAES Office of Academic Affairs
  • 102 Conner Hall
  • Athens, Georgia 30602
  • 706-542-1611

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