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.
190408_ph4
April 8 2019
The transition period qualifies as one of the most stressful periods of a dairy cow’s life, and it’s certainly the goal and responsibility of producers to reduce that stress
190401_ph4
April 1 2019
Choosing where dollars are invested is critical, especially considering how tight finances have been the last four years
blog-alfalfa
March 29 2019
Last week, I officially shed the winter coat and put it away. I’m not talking away, away because I’ve now lived in Wisconsin long enough to understand that sometimes April will pretend to be...
190325_phSeiler
March 25 2019
Food fads both favor and concern dairy
190325_175-Schaap
March 20 2019
Imagine being told you can’t sell your milk, you can’t market your cows, and the water on your land is contaminated with a slowly degrading man-made chemical
190318_ph2
March 18 2019
In 1992, there were 131,509 dairy farms in the United States. At the end of 2018, that number was 37,468
190311_ph4
March 11 2019
One must know a problem exists before solving it
feeding-scene
March 4 2019
“Don’t let the abnormal become normal. Just because it happened yesterday, today, and tomorrow doesn’t mean it’s right,” opened independent nutritionist David Greene during...
190225_ph4
Feb. 25 2019
Making ends meet is a difficult task in today’s dairy market, but a focus on balancing outputs between high production and good components can go a long way in bolstering bottom lines
190218_ph2
Feb. 18 2019
A cow’s productive life doesn’t just begin when it starts producing milk
190211_ph3
Feb. 11 2019
The transition period is critical to production, especially when discussing cows that excel at both production and components
190204_ph5
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...
blog_2-1-19
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...
190128_ph3
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...
Schulze_ph
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
Ohlde-Dairy_Spring_ph
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
crystal-ball_ph
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...
181231_ph4
Dec. 31 2018
Young people involved in dairy can sometimes face an information overload when it comes to learning
Egelston_ph
Dec. 24 2018
One of the biggest hurdles for young people interested in entering dairy farming is the incredibly high investment required
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Dec. 17 2018
At the beginning of the month, USDA officially said welcome back to chocolate milk in school lunch programs