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Mozart or Moozart? Who’s in the news?

June 7th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Music Healing and Animals

What will they think of next?! Farmers in Spain have now discovered that playing specific pieces of music by Mozart greatly increases the amount of milk his dairy cows produce as well as enhances the taste by making it sweeter! Here’s what the ABC site had to say:
“On Hans Pieter Sieber’s Priegola dairy farm in Villanueva del Pardillo, Spain, the secret to success is not some newfangled technology or machine. Nor is it a time-tested technique or process handed down from generation to generation. Rather it is the dulcet, layered tones of classical music.
And not just any music. Sieber exposes his herd of approximately 700 heifers to the famous chords, crescendos and cadences of Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Once just normal, run-of-the-mill dairy cows, these Friesians now receive the rock star treatment — listening to soothing music, sleeping on water beds, taking relaxing showers, and even enjoying sessions with an animal psychologist.
Believe it or not, since sending Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp in D Major soaring through their stalls at milking time, Sieber has seen a dramatic shift in the temperament and production of his Daisys and Besses.
Now his herd quietly lines up to be milked, seeming not to mind the poking and prodding that comes with being a dairy cow, and, most notably, producing anywhere from 1 to 6 more liters of milk per day than their non-Mozart listening counterparts.
“It is relaxing music for them, but at the same time it is dynamic, it keeps the cows active. The trick is not to have music too relaxing,” said Sieber’s son, Nicolas Sieber, the head of marketing for the Priegola farm. But Sieber believes it’s simpler than that. “If you give the cows comfort they are more disposed to help out,” he said. ” Fascinating!

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  • Lisa Noe

    I am not surprised by this bit of news. Music as we well know can calm the savage and not so savage beast in us all. SO now that everyone knows about the increase in milk production and the music link to Mozart, will others still be doing the steroid/hormones in the dairy industry to achieve the same result?

  • Alice H Cash

    I certainly hope not!! How are you doing, Lisa??

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