Wing Acres Dairy Long Day Lighting System Tour

Date: August 27, 2015
Time: 8 - 10 p.m.
Location: Wing Acres Dairy, 15335 Wing Rd, Bellevue, MI 49021
Contact: Charles Gould at or 616-994-4547 or Al Go at or 517-214-6128

 Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015
Time: 8:00—10:00 p.m. 
Location: Wing Acres Dairy, 15335 Wing Rd, Bellevue, MI 49021

Research over the past 33 years has shown that long-day lighting (LDL) has a significant positive impact on milk production in dairy cows. However, Michigan dairy farmers have been unsuccessful in attaining the full benefits of LDL due to technical difficulties in measuring/maintaining light intensity and appropriately controlling the lighting system.

In cooperation with the Michigan Milk Producers Association and funded by a grant from the Michigan Energy Office, a LDL project was initiated by Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department researchers at Michigan State University to address technical difficulties that have prevented LDL from being adopted on Michigan dairy farms. Using light emitting diode (LED) lights, automated sensors, and an automated control system, a LDL system was created at Wing Acres Dairy that successfully resolved technical difficulties encountered in the past by Michigan dairies. The LDL system has been fully operational since January 2014.  

The complete LDL system will be showcased at a twilight meeting on Thursday, August 27 at Wing Acres Dairy. Topics that will be discussed include the LDL design and control system, the impact of LDL on milk production and herd health, the role of energy audits in securing dollars to implement a LDL system, and sources of funding available to implement components of a LDL system. The program agenda is as follows:

8:00 p.m.     Welcome (Charles Gould, MSU Extension)

8:05 p.m.    Overview of the Wing Acres Dairy operation (Tom Wing, Wing Acres Dairy)

8:10 p.m.    LDL applications and appropriate lights (Al Go, Michigan State University)

8:30 p.m.    Overview and tour of the LDL system (Mark VanEe, Michigan State University)

9:15 p.m.    On-farm energy audits (Charles Gould, MSU Extension)

9:25 p.m.    Funding for energy conservation practices through utility rebates (Craig Gravelin, Consumers Energy)

9:35 p.m.    Funding for energy conservation practices through USDA REAP (USDA Rural Development)

9:45 p.m.    Funding for energy conservation practices through USDA EQIP (USDA NRCS

9:55 p.m.    Closing comments (Charles Gould, MSU Extension)

10:00 p.m.  Adjourn

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