Stop that country charm around the barn if you're milking your cows!
Moooove on over Kenny Chesney. Cows are not your biggest fan.
It seems a love for country music is not a prerequisite for farm life... at least not with cows. Or at least Scottish ones.
A farm in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland created a country songlist for its 45 dairy cows. Musician Colin Clyne played his guitar around the barnyard, hooked up to speakers near the milking machine.
The rate of milk production under the influence of country strumming and twang was compared to normal production. A three percent decrease was seen overall, though one outlier cow did produce one liter more than her usual.
While milk production lessened--much to the surprise and slight dismay of the farmers and researchers--the cows did at least seem curious about the music, investigating the speakers and frequently returning to the milking station.
The study differs from previous music-milk research that showed an increase in milk production when classical music was heard.
Higher rates of milk flow have been linked to the "happy hormone" serotonin. It seems classical music might make cows happy but country, unfortunately, does not.
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