R.E.M. helps cows make more milk

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND – Do you remember the 90’s R.E.M. song “Everybody Hurts”? While you might think this song is seriously depressing, it has the opposite effects on our bovine buddies; that’s according to a study published in Modern Farmer magazine out of the University of Leicester in England.

Just like people, happy cows are more productive. Researchers found cows produced 3% more milk when listening to slow jams.  The reason: when cows relax, they release more oxytocin which is paramount when it comes to producing milk.

The report revealed cows revel in R.E.M,. enjoy Enya, but dislike Drake’s music. And when it comes to Willie Nelson – we’ll, they just hope he doesn’t “Stay a Little Longer.”

If you’re making a moo mix tape here’s some favorite moosic for the playlist: Everybody Hurts (R.E.M.), What a Difference a Day Makes (Aretha Franklin version), Bridge over Troubled Waters (Simon & Garfunkel), Moon River (Danny Williams version), Perfect Day (Lou Reed) and Orinoco Flow (Celtic Woman version).

Not to dance around it, but with the price of milk increasing, we need to tap these babies for all they’re worth.