Pasture illumination.

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2000: $780.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2000
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $880.00
Region: Northeast
State: Pennsylvania
Project Leader:


  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Animal Production: general animal production

    Proposal summary:

    This project will explore the observation that cows increase their dry-matter intake when the lights are left on in the barn and thus produce more milk. The farmer will see whether the observation holds for cows at pasture; right now, he observes that his cows lie down at night and only eat the grass near their heads. By using a portable halogen light system, the farmer will give the cows the opportunity to graze, and will then see if the lighting has an impact on milk production.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.