Music-Impregnated Milk

In this 1910 experiment, nine musicians played the "Blue Danube" waltz and other selections while farm hands milked 61 Jerseys and Holsteins.

The result: "The music calmed the nerves of the cows and their udders let down all the milk in them." Also, this milk "tasted better and had a more happy effect upon the drinkers than the milk served which had not been 'music impregnated.'"

Why aren't the upscale food stores of today (like Whole Foods) selling music-impregnated milk? I'm sure there are people who would spend the extra money for it.

Source: The Louisiana Comrade - Aug 26, 1910; also printed in the Red Lake Falls Gazette (1910).
     Posted By: Alex - Sat May 09, 2015
     Category: Animals | Food | Music | Experiments

Sorry, Alex, but I'll bet you 10 to 1 that the milk sold in all stores has been musically infused with as much happiness as is allowed by the FDA.

The paddock of most dairy farms today are, in fact a large ring with the milking shed standing in place of the diamond. The cows make this circuit twice a day entering the shed at on one side, get a bit of grain & vitamins, listen to a bit of music, get their titties washed & sucked dry then exit the other side to start the process all over again. The only break from this is when they're inseminated and drop a calf.

Farmers have had a radio in the milking shed almost since radios would fit in them. In fact, back in the 50s & 60s the local radio station played easy listening twice a day to accommodate the farmers.

But, hay, if it can be used to jack up the profit margin of a bottle of milk, go for it. Some people just can't NOT be ripped off enough to make them truly happy.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/09/15 at 10:05 AM
So conversely moms should not listen to hard rock or discordant music while breast feeding or expressing breast milk then. Headline. Hard Rock Causes Colic!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/09/15 at 11:51 AM
"Music has charms to soothe a savage [cow] breast." Congreve.
Posted by Harvey on 05/10/15 at 04:27 PM
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