(STUDY FINDS) -- VIENNA, Austria — Are you a person that enjoys speaking to someone in person rather than over the phone? It turns out cows do too. A study of animal behavior reveals these gentle milk-makers prefer live interactions with humans rather than hearing voices over a speaker.
Researchers from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Austria say replacing humans on farms with technology-based approaches don’t make bovines happy. The study finds pre-recorded messages played through a loudspeaker do not have the same impact on a cow’s wellbeing that a real life visitor does.
“Cattle like stroking in combination with gentle talking,” says the university’s Annika Lange in a media release. “In scientific contexts, a recording of a human voice speaking gently could be used to relax the animals, because it can be difficult to repeat the same phrases in the same way during experiments.”
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