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Marilyn de Queiroz
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Do cows and goats really produce more milk if they listen to music?
 
                    
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Yes. Milk production is reliant upon the sound of the kid's bleating - any music that approximates that sound to a mother in lactation may result in increased milk production. Ditto cows, etc.

Music also soothes the spirit of most creatures and any creature being asked to increase milk production for non-offspring consumption probably appreciates having their spirits soothed.

Music also increases the general positive ambiance of an environment that can be stressful - like a barn full of nursing mothers with painfully swollen udders waiting to be milked or a family goat who knows that music means a pleasant time of being part of the human family while being milked, which is clearly a family activity.

Three reasons to whistle or hum or sing while you work.

 
MJ Solaro
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Have any of you ever seen that Mythbusters where they play music and speech to a number of plants that they are growing? The control group had no music or speech played to them. Every batch of plants that had some sort of music or speech grew more than the control, but death metal did the best!

Some scientists in South Korea did a similar experiment with similar results, and also noticed that certain plant genes become more productive at different frequency of vibration:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Music_can_help_plants_grow_faster/rssarticleshow/2322644.cms

What do you guys think about this? Rationally, why would music or speech aid plant growth? Something do to with the vibrations?
 
rachael hamblin
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Has this been tried with different kinds of plants?  I wonder if some species would prefer different music than others....
 
Leah Sattler
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I wonder if the experiments were done in a closed or outside enviroment. Certainly indoor plants benefit from getting a good "shake" every now and then. It helps with developing the strength of the parts of plants. Naturally plants are exposed to wind and water that challenge there ability to stay upright and in the beneficial foliage "structure" to absorb light. It wouldn't surprise me if having a strong "Stem" helped with water and nutrient uptake and that the vibrations of the air helped stimulate that strength by subtly "shaking" them.
 
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