Do you want your cows to get in the mood to produce more milk? Scientists have found that playing slow, rhythmic music helps.
In 2001, psychologists at the University of Leicester (UK) played fast music and slow music to 2 different groups of cows. The cows that heard fast music demonstrated no change in milk production. But the cows that listened to slow music increased their milk output by 3%.
Some dairy farmers agree with this assessment and play music for their cows. To promote the practice, the British Columbia Dairy Association is holding a contest which asks participants to submit playlists of good milk production music.
What songs would you play for the cows?