Radio rocks the flocks

October 2007
Farmers Weekly;10/12/2007, Vol. 147 Issue 15, p66
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the effect of music on farm animals. Charles Bourns, the NFU poultry board chairman, introduced music to his farm as part of a television program to combat anti-chicken farming propaganda. The background music deadens other noise in the sheds, making the birds more peaceful, says Bourns. The music also improves growth rates, he claims. Stuart Retallack, who keeps hens at the Trekennick Farm in Altarnun, Cornwall, agrees. He says that the background music covers up loud noises, keeping the hens more relaxed in their environment.


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