The author is an associate editor. She covers feeding and nutrition, youth activities and heads up the World Dairy Expo Supplement. Maggie was raised on a 150-cow dairy near Valley Center, Kansas, and graduated from Kansas State University with degrees in agricultural communications and animal sciences.
Jersey-cow
May 22 2017
As the old pop song goes, “You’ve got to know when to hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em. Know when to walk away and know when to run.”
organic-milk
May 15 2017
When it comes to making purchasing decisions, consumers can be difficult to gauge, and traditionally, they vote with their wallets. That makes labels a vital piece of the purchasing decision
170515_ph2
May 15 2017
“The opportunity for higher daily liquid feeding rates, smaller meal sizes, and getting back to what’s more normal biology for the calf,” Bob James said, describing just a few of the...
Doris-Hetts
May 8 2017
World Dairy Expo lost one of its founding members this past weekend
170508_intel1
May 8 2017
“rBST, hah, razor sharp horns. It’s so tall that it could eat clouds. You may want to pet it, but the fur is electric. And then it starts laughing.”
Yosemite-035
May 1 2017
Especially in cold weather states, it has been common for calf feeders to bump up fat levels in calf diets during the winter to account for added energy required by calves to maintain body temperature
170501_ph1
May 1 2017
“Clearly it will be known in the history books as the age of uncertainty,” predicted Barry Flinchbaugh, Kansas State professor emeritus of agricultural economics, when discussing the current...
170424_ph4
April 24 2017
April showers bring May flowers. Along with them have come planting delays and other farm level concerns. One benefit that some may not think of is the opportunity to analyze where rain runoff flows
feeding-calf
April 17 2017
One of the best things an operation can do for its future is invest in taking care of calves in the first two months. Although that care can be accomplished a great number of ways
Intel-tractor
April 17 2017
The title of a recent Politico article read, “Your farm is trying to kill you.” Its subtitle shed further light on where this story was headed
corn-planter
April 10 2017
Particularly in tight financial years for agriculture, the argument for finding the economically optimal corn plant population has perpetuated
170410_ph4
April 10 2017
Wisconsin isn’t known as the dairy state without good reason. Decades of dominance in the area of dairy farms and cow numbers make a good argument for the title “America’s Dairyland.”
healthy-food
April 3 2017
Eight in 10 millennial shoppers say it’s important to eat healthy according to a survey done by the marketing firm The Halo Group
organic_ph4
April 3 2017
Since the standardization of organics at the turn of the century, agriculture has struggled to define the differences between conventional and organic operations without using the term better
Yosemite-calf-feeding
March 27 2017
There is nothing more intimidating to me in a kitchen than a pile of dirty dishes. The larger it grows the less I want to deal with it
green-harvesting_ph1
March 27 2017
We all know good forages set a farm up for a good year of milk production. The trick is there is a lot that goes into making that high-end, lactation-quality forage
milking-parlor
March 24 2017
Somatic cell count (SCC) has been and remains the golden standard of milk quality. That being said, milk quality can be in question even when SCC is in check
2017-03-20_09.45.56
March 20 2017
Ask anyone I work with; one of my favorite holidays of the year is Kansas Day. Never heard of it? You are not alone
170320_ph3
March 20 2017
Finding pounds of milk isn’t about using or not using BST. It’s about good management
VanExel_ph2
March 13 2017
Of all the changes that the transition cow endures, negative energy balance is one of the greatest and most difficult to overcome