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Cow Does It Feel? Study Shows Bovines Produce More Milk to Slow Songs

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By Paul de Revere

When it comes to pop music, dairy cows have been proven to like R.E.M., Aretha Franklin, Simon & Garfunkel and Lou Reed. But what really helps get the milk flowing is playing a few slow jams.

A recent report from Modern Farmer (via CBS Atlanta) shows that cows produce slightly more milk when they are listening to slower, more soothing music. The reason being that relaxing music reduces their stress levels.

The studies, which took place at England’s University of Leicester in 2001 and Canada’s British Columbia Dairy Association in 2012, found that house music and other uptempo songs failed to help them produce more milk.

The pop playlist included R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts,” Aretha Franklin’s “What a Difference A Day Makes,” Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day.”

The study however did not determine whether cows distinguish Reed’s infamous Metal Machine Music as a genius prank or just a huge waste of everyone’s time.

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