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According to research, optimum photoperiod will increase milk yield by 6-10% on average.

  • Eventually, cows increase feed intake to support the risen milk yield
  • No effect on protein or solids content while only a very limited decrease in fat content.
  • The increase in milk yield amply compensates the effects on fat and feed intake.

Why is there an effect?

Light reception occurs in the eyes retina. Light inhibits an enzyme used in melatonin synthesis in the pineal gland. Therefore, as photoperiod increases, the duration of high levels of melatonin in the blood decreases. Melatonin concentration in the blood influences the concentration of some hormones in the blood, for example, insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). Scientists believe changes in the concentration of IGF-1 play a role in the effect of photoperiod on milk production, as IGF-1 has been shown to increase milk yield.

Why is Wilson Agriculture concerned with this?

  • The use of light is cost-effective and has a very short pay-back time.
  • Very simple to carry out.
  • No extra labor required.
  • Improved production and therefore margins on the units we work with.

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