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.
Feb. 18 2019
A cow’s productive life doesn’t just begin when it starts producing milk
Feb. 11 2019
The transition period is critical to production, especially when discussing cows that excel at both production and components
Feb. 4 2019
In tight economic times, everything comes under the radar, and heifer care and growth has been no exception. We’ve written both about raising healthy heifers more quickly and managing heifer inventories...
Feb. 1 2019
I’m all for a nice sit-down dinner. Shoot, I’m all for most types of dinners. I like casual restaurants, the occasional dive bar, and family meals packed around a too small table and handmade...
Jan. 28 2019
“The goal of a good dry cow program is to promote high dry matter intake immediately after calving and manage dietary and body energy levels,” explained the University of Illinois’ Jim...
Jan. 21 2019
For some young dairy producers that have made the decision to return to the home farm, there is an important step that comes first
Jan. 14 2019
Farm transitions rarely go exactly as planned. Much like anything in life, there are both joys and hard moments to estate and succession planning
Jan. 7 2019
The last few years have been tough particularly for young people who are farming. For that reason, we asked the four participants in the December 2018 Round Table “These young farmers came back to...
Dec. 31 2018
Young people involved in dairy can sometimes face an information overload when it comes to learning
Dec. 24 2018
One of the biggest hurdles for young people interested in entering dairy farming is the incredibly high investment required
Dec. 17 2018
At the beginning of the month, USDA officially said welcome back to chocolate milk in school lunch programs
Dec. 10 2018
Low milk prices and cash flow issues were the top two concerns of agriculture lenders attending the Siouxland Agricultural Lenders Seminar in November
Dec. 3 2018
If the decade of reliance on immigrant employment in agriculture is not completely eclipsed, then it is certainly waning
Nov. 26 2018
It’s getting colder outside and with that change comes temperature challenges for young calves
Nov. 19 2018
In most of the country, the fall season has been plagued with wet weather that pushed back harvest and fall planting
Nov. 12 2018
Preweaned calves are the most expensive young stock to feed as measured on a day-to-day basis
Nov. 5 2018
The state of young stock sales in the dairy industry is almost uglier than the milk price this year
Oct. 29 2018
Just like humans, cows display sidedness behavior. Maybe you have noticed a cow that always lays down on its right side or is a huge fan of the left side of the milking parlor
Oct. 22 2018
Young calves are some of the most susceptible members of the dairy farm
Oct. 15 2018
A new California law mandates restaurants serving kids’ meals must offer either milk or water as their advertised drink options