NFU Says"Relax" With Turkey chill out music
won't just be your granny doing the funky chicken at this year's
Christmas party - this season the turkeys themselves will have some
tunes to chill out to.
NFU is sending turkey farmers a "relaxation" CD to see
if playing music gets the birds shaking their tail feathers.
NFU has drawn up the experiment after consultation with animal behaviour
experts from the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh.
involved in the NFU's Turkey Hotline, a dedicated number to put
shoppers in touch with their nearest farm selling fresh turkeys
for Christmas, will take part.
"turkey top 10" contains a range of tracks aimed at having
a positive calming influence on the birds:
* Wind chimes
* Happy turkeys
* Gregorian chanting
* Dawn chorus
* Sounds of the forest
* Sounds of the seaside
* Wind on the moors
* Trotting horses
* Farmyard sounds
* Whale sounds
NFU turkey spokesman Mike Bailey said: "It is well known among
farmers that a background of constant sound calms birds, probably
because it drowns out unexpected noise.
farmers care about their animals so now we want to put this theory
to the test and get a definitive answer which will help turkey producers
in future years.
"turkey top 10" includes many naturally calming sounds
that we hope will have a positive affect on the turkeys' behaviour.
There won't be a Birdie Song in sight."
the farmers signed up to the Turkey Hotline have been sent the CD
with a survey form to fill out. Last year 114 farmers signed up
to the scheme after paying a £20 subscription. It received
1,400 calls and generated an income of £50,000.
Bailey added: "By choosing a turkey straight from the farm,
shoppers are assured of buying good quality and value fresh local
meat raised to high animal welfare standards."
hotline number is 0870 060 3436. It will operate from 8am to 6pm
Monday to Friday, ending on Christmas Eve. Calls are charged at
the national rate.