Chinese Farmer Plays Music to Cows

Dairy farmer Liu Haichuan plays electronic organ to cows at his dairy farm on October 23, 2008 in Meihekou, Jilin Province, China. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Liu Haichuan is clearly a talented guy, having graduated from the China Conservatory of Music. He is also allegedly a cow whisperer, claiming that he found a special way to communicate with his cows by serenading them on the piano. "Communicate" seems like a bit of a stretch, but these bovines do seem to be crowding around the concert with considerable interest. 

They say music is the universal language, and past experiments have proven that cows produce more milk while listening to some tunes than they would otherwise. The BBC reported several years ago that in one test the cows took particularly well to Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony and Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water." The lesson: the music must be relaxing. Hard rock or hip hop means no change in milk production.

This all makes perfect sense, and come to think of it I do remember hearing a similar study about music and plant growth in my eighth grade science class. But "communicate?" Sounds slightly delusional.

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