Dairy cows delight in classical music
Saturday, March 15, 2003
Daniel McElmurray recently won first place in a
regional science fair for a project on how music
improved milk production in cows.
HEPHZIBAH, Georgia (AP) -- Daniel
McElmurray has milked his family's dairy farm for all it's
After hearing his dad, Earl, complain about weak milk
production from their 300 cows, the 10-year-old student at
Goshen Elementary in Augusta helped solve the problem with a
prize-winning science fair project. He tested the effects of
classical, country and rock music on the cows.
Daniel said he and his dad like to listen to music while they
milk the cows, without giving the cows much say in the
Turns out rock is their least favorite. After listening to
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shania Twain and a selection of classical music,
the cows proved they prefer classical to country and rock by
producing 1,000 pounds more milk.
"I guess a slower beat helps them relax," Daniel
said Thursday, after learning he won first place in his region.
He received a special award from the American Society of
Mammalogists, an organization that supports the study of