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.
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
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.”
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
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...
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
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
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
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
Dec. 12 2016
If 2015 was a nightmare for Western dairy farmers’ checkbooks, certainly the beginning of 2016 was even worse, according to numbers provided by Frazer, LLP
Dec. 5 2016
I received one of my favorite types of texts from my dad this weekend. It was a photo of a pitch black, newly born Holstein heifer out of one of my cows. Just the way I like them!
Dec. 5 2016
It’s always dangerous to call a food or dietary additive a silver bullet, but recent research suggests that a component of some aged cheeses could be part of a diet that improves life longevity
Nov. 28 2016
Out with the old and in with the new. That’s the nature of food fads. Perhaps one of the best examples of this truth is the explosion in popularity of Greek yogurt
Nov. 28 2016
Likened to a sieve, the digestive tract of a newborn calf is a catch-22 for everything in its environment. Immunoglobulins, nutrients, and bacteria alike have free rein in the digestive tract
Nov. 21 2016
Feeding management in robotic dairies is all about meeting the goals of the dairy. Although this is true on all dairies, the University of Minnesota’s Jim Salfer described it as especially noteworthy
Nov. 21 2016
For more than 60 years, Hoard’s Dairyman readers could rely on a good laugh facilitated by the tip of Chuck Stiles' pen
Nov. 14 2016
One meat, two meat, “green” meat, no meat. Dr. Seuss could have written a fantastic book about the wild ride that is the development of meat alternatives
Nov. 14 2016
Cheese has traditionally been a staple in the world of wine tasting. Why is that? The science behind the pairing boils down to positive sensory interactions experienced when consuming the two together
Nov. 7 2016
I recall many cold mornings of feeding calves while growing up. On my family’s 150-cow farm, I would shiver along, wearing at least four layers of clothes, from hutch to hutch
Nov. 7 2016
Milk earned its status as a health all-star particularly in the arena of bone health toting impressive levels of calcium, vitamin D, protein, and other essential vitamins and minerals
Oct. 31 2016
In recent years, a great amount of discussion has surrounded the determination of optimal stocking density based on economic and health-related measures