Fun Fact Friday: Dairy Cows Prefer Relaxing Music


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Did you know that researchers in the United Kingdom have discovered that dairy cows produce more milk when listening to relaxing music? It’s true! According to this article from the BBC, “Psychologists at the University of Leicester, UK, played music of different tempos to herds of Friesian cattle.

Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water were a big hit in the milking shed. […] But when rowdy numbers were played, there was no increase in milk yield.'”

Isn’t that amazing? The article going on to say that prior to the study, some farmers were already known to play music for their chickens, believing it to have a soothing effect on the birds.

Imagine a barn full of cows relaxing to the smooth sounds of Nat King Cole. Now, that’s an amusing notion!

Want to learn more about dairy cows? Check out Farming and Agriculture: Dairy Cattle on Discovery Education Streaming Plus!


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