The Milky Moo Way

johnbee By johnbee, 6th Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Does music just entertain or increase milk production of dairy cows. The finding to date is still inconclusive but I am sure the cows enjoy producing to the music. What do you think? Here is an article that I read on the subject today. Enjoy!

The Milky Moo Way

Today while strolling down the milky white way, I ran across this interesting article by Maria Godoy entitled Moo-d Music: Do Cows Really Prefer Slow Jams?I prefer to just say, "jamming on the milky way." Here is the article that she wrote. I sorta got a bucket full out of it!

March 06, 201410:14 AM

In the article of Ms Godoy, was posted a picture of The Ingenues, an all-girl band and vaudeville act, serenade the cows in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's dairy barn in 1930. The show was apparently part of an experiment to see whether the soothing strains of music boosted the cows' milk production.

So what do cows consider to be good mood music for milking? Here's what that 2001 study from the University of Leicester found, in no particular order. (Sadly, no word on where the cows fell on Barry White):

When it's time to buckle down and focus, plenty of office workers will put on the headphones to help them drown out distractions and be more productive. But can music also help dairy cows get down to business?

Some dairy farmers have long suspected that's the case. It's not unheard of for farmers to play relaxing jams for their herds to boost milk production, as the folks at Modern Farmer recently reported.

A tantalizing 2001 study out of the University of Leicester in the U.K. appeared to lend credence to those claims. It found that milk production went up by as much as 3 percent when cows listened to slow tunes like R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" and Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," rather than faster songs.

Less popular among these bovine beat lovers? The Beatles' "Back in the U.S.S.R.," Jamiroquai's "Space Cowboy," and Supergrass' "Pumping On Your Stereo." (Yes, it was most definitely 2001.) Apparently, slow songs with less than 100 beats per minute hit the milking sweet spot, the researchers found.

"It seems that slow music had the effect of alleviating stress and relaxing the animals, which resulted in greater milk yields," Adrian North, a music researcher and one of two psychologists who conducted the study, said at the time the findings were released.

We loved the idea of Bessie and friends as music aficionados. Alas, the science of music and milking remains sketchy at best, says Anne Marie de Passille, a Canadian research scientist who studies cow behavior and welfare. (She recently filled us in on another fascinating aspect of the inner lives of cows: "jumping for joy.")

De Passille says no one has replicated the results of that 2001 study — in part because setting up and repeating the kind of controlled, large-scale experiments needed to really nail down the science would be pretty expensive. So for now, the research remains inconclusive.

"We don't really know what the relationship is" between cows' musical preferences and milk production, she tells us."

I think, and this is strictly me, that maybe the cows would have preferred something a little more pushier like revised version of Vaughn Monroe's "Racing with the Moo" or was that Moon? Well anyway, that probably would set the moo-o-o-d for producing more milk. What do you think? That would be better than a little of Spike Jones beats.


Milk Cows, Music, Production

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