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.
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March 10 2017
Among farm families, it is more and more common to hear of households that also pursue off farm ventures. A report from USDA’s Economic Research Service shows that there is good reason for that
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March 6 2017
“High dry matter intake solves a lot of problems on a lot of farms,” explained Mike Hutjens when referring to the best ways to capitalize on feeding opportunities in the new year
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Feb. 27 2017
Ultimately, the economically optimal pregnancy rate depends on many herd specific factors, but especially the costs associated with making the management changes that result in an increased pregnancy rate
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Feb. 27 2017
“Two of the biggest reasons we are culling in our lactating herd right now are mastitis and feet and leg problems,” shared Luke Haywood, who milks 1,150 cows on his family’s Sand Creek...
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Feb. 20 2017
Just like conventional feeding systems, there are many ways to operate an automatic calf feeder, and those management factors affect calf health, stress, and more
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Feb. 20 2017
“Prior to genomics becoming available, we would have been 90 percent proven sires,” shared Welcome Stock Farm’s Bill Peck
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Feb. 13 2017
“One of the biggest changes in our industry in the past decade is fostering the connection our customers have with their food source,” said Nature Way’s Dairy’s Jamie Kulesa
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Feb. 6 2017
Nearly every dairy farm features some type of data collection or herd management software. It can range from rumination or activity monitors to simple herd tracking with PCDART or Dairy Comp 305
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Feb. 6 2017
“Organic meetings, conventions, seminars, pasture walks, books, magazines, newspapers, and other organic farmers are all valuable resources for us,” shared dairyman Dan Flood
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Jan. 30 2017
Pay attention to equipment abilities and the milking routine because overmilking means under performing in the parlor. Use this quick test to discover if overmilking is an issue in your barn.
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Jan. 30 2017
“We have found if we keep cows clean, dry, and comfortable, they do very well,” explained Hidden Valley Organic Dairy’s Perry Van Tassell
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Jan. 23 2017
Making the switch to organic production requires a focus on records.
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Jan. 16 2017
Light-emitting diode (LED) light options have been touted as game changers in efficiency and energy savings. The well-approved option for the environment also may carry benefits for milk flavor
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Jan. 16 2017
When I called central Pennsylvania, dairyman Sam Kauffman requesting a tour, his response was the same as many dairy producers. “I guess you can come, but there’s not much to see.”
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Jan. 9 2017
California producers accounted for 33 percent of directly marketed food sales in 2015 and made up 9 percent of all operations that use direct marketing. These results came from the inaugural USDA Loca
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Jan. 9 2017
My workday now starts at 8:00 a.m., but when I’m on vacation visiting my family’s dairy in Kansas, it’s a 4:00 a.m. rise time. That’s not because my parents demand or even ask me...
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Jan. 3 2017
Cows in the transition period have a target placed squarely on their backs when it comes to vulnerability to disease. Research indicates we are closer than ever to helping cows before health
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Dec. 26 2016
A welcome sight for dairy farmers’ sore eyes has been the news media’s coverage of the turning tides of public opinion on full-fat dairy products
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Dec. 19 2016
“If the ration didn’t work, do we know why?” “If it did work, do we know why?” Those were questions posed by William Prokop
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Dec. 12 2016
Fall lasted particularly long throughout the country this year, but as temperatures drop and snow joins the party, winter seems to have finally arrived