Cows prefer to hear live voices

A study reveals that cattle are more relaxed when hearing a person's live voice than listening to a recording through a speaker.

A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology reveals that cows are more relaxed when a person speaks to them directly than when they hear a recorded voice through a speaker.

"Cattle like to be spoken softly while they are being cared for," says Annika Lange of the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria. "In scientific contexts, a recording of a human voice speaking softly could be used to relax animals, because it can be difficult to repeat the same phrases in the same way during experiments."

The researchers used a recorded voice to make the conditions of each trial as similar as possible, following a concept known as "standardization," an important principle of scientific experimentation. However, the team of scientists wanted to find out if cows respond differently to the sound of recorded voices compared to a human speaking directly to them. "Our study suggests that speaking live is more relaxing for animals than a recording of a human voice," says Lange. "Interactions can be less positive when they become artificial through standardization."

Talking to them live is best for the cows

The team worked with a group of 28 head of cattle, comparing the benefits of stroking the animals while playing a recording of an experimenter's voice or stroking while talking directly to the animals. After analyzing the animals 'responses during the experiments, they found that talking live was the best way to improve the cows' mood.

Heart rate variability was higher when speaking directly to cattle, indicating that they were having fun. After the experiment, the heart rate was lower than after listening to a recorded voice, showing that the animals were more relaxed after the live conversation.

"When they relax and enjoy the interaction, animals often stretch their necks like they do when grooming each other," says Lange. "In addition, it is believed that the position of the ears can indicate the mood: hanging ears and in low positions seem to be related to relaxation."

The experiment included only one group and the playback of a recording. Lange notes that more research is needed to see if the results also hold true for different groups and situations, such as with cows that are most afraid of humans. This will aid further studies on improving the relationships between livestock and humans, an important aspect of animal welfare.

  • Please enter a comment

Name *
Email address *
Comment *

* Required fields

Information on the processing of your personal data
We inform you that, in compliance with the provisions of current national and European regulations for the Protection of Personal Data and Services of the Information Society and Electronic Commerce, by sending us this form you are expressly giving your consent to Grupo Asís Biomedia , SL, (hereinafter, "ASIS GROUP") so that, as the person in charge, it may process your personal data in order to respond to your request for contact and information by electronic means.

Likewise, when you expressly consent, we will process your personal data to send you specialized information, newsletters, offers and exclusive promotions from GRUPO ASIS and related companies.

For the aforementioned purpose, GRUPO ASIS may transfer your data to other companies linked to GRUPO ASIS or to third party service providers for the management of electronic communications and other security services, even in cases where they are outside of the European Union, provided that they legally guarantee the adequate level of protection required by European regulations.

At any time you can withdraw the consent given and exercise the rights of access, rectification, deletion, portability of your data and limitation or opposition to its treatment by contacting GRUPO ASIS by sending an email to protecciondatos @, or by written communication to address at Centro Empresarial El Trovador, 8th floor, office I, Plaza Antonio Beltrán Martínez 1, 50002, Zaragoza (Spain), indicating in either case the Ref. Personal data and the right you exercise, as well as attaching a copy of your ID or replacement identification document.

I have read and accept the treatment of my data according to the informed purpose and according Legal notes and the Privacy Policy
I wish to receive commercial information from GRUPO ASIS and related companies

More news

WVC Annual Conference 2024


Diagnostic accuracy of plain radiography to identify synovial penetration in horses with traumatic limb wounds


Effects of administration of vitamin C on oxidative status in healthy horses


Viticus Group 96th WVC Annual Conference is Back – It’s Time to Vet Differently


Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency in dogs and cats




News of interest


Copyright © 2024 - All Rights Reserved
ISSN 2768-198X