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Norway Finds Cows On Mattresses Give More Milk

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Norway Finds Cows On Mattresses Give More Milk

Norway Finds Cows On Mattresses Give More Milk

Norway Finds Cows On Mattresses Give More Milk

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Norway's dairy farmers have discovered how to make cows more productive: Give them mattresses. It turns out that comfy cows give about 5 percent more milk. Researchers think lounging on softer surfaces increases the blood volume through the cows' udders, allowing them to make more milk.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. Im Renee Montagne.

Norway's dairy farmers have discovered how to make cows more productive: Give them mattresses. It turns out comfy cows give about five percent more milk. We know this because new rules went into effect in Norway aimed at easing the life of cows, who really like to lounge. Researchers think lying on the softer surface of a mattress increases blood volume through the udders and that allows cows to make more milk.

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