Badger Creek Farm & Quail Ridge Dairy
Mary and her husband, Chris, own and operate two dairies near Fort Morgan and milk 5,200 cows. Mary grew up on her family’s dairy, now a century dairy farm, near Brighton. She began feeding calves when she was just 7, and advanced to the milking crew, working the midnight to 6 am shift from age 11 until college.
Mary is a current board director on the dairy checkoff association, Western Dairy Association, representing Colorado, Montana and Wyoming dairy farm families who regionally are known throughout the United States for their on-farm innovation and welfare, producing over 3.4 billion pounds of milk annually and ranked in the top 3 states in milk production per cow.
Kraft is the current President of the Colorado Livestock Association and was named to the Colorado 4-H Hall of Fame in 2013. She has also written for leading dairy magazines and been selected as the National Young Farmers Spokesperson for Agriculture. She is currently on the National Cattlemen’s Beef board of directors.
Mary has spoken extensively across the country to dairy groups about building middle management and developing a productive work culture. She testified before the United States legislature on good animal husbandry practices and immigration issues. She and Chris actively recruit legislators to tour their dairies to learn first-hand about issues in agriculture. Mary also gives tours to school groups, civic and social groups and is involved with CommonGround, women agriculturalists connecting to women consumers.
Mary attended Colorado State University and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Technical Journalism and Public Relations. She also completed a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from New York Institute of Technology, while still managing dairy operations.
Mary is also an accomplished horsewoman, competing in regional Dressage horse shows with two warm blood horses. She also sculpts, paints and continues to write for magazines. Mary and Chris have two children- daughter Jordan, a plant biotechnologist, and son Stratton, now working into management at the family’s dairy and farming operations.