Farmers are bracing for a major animal rights campaign against their winter grazing practices.
The NZ Herald reports that dairy farmers have played music at milking time for generations — in fact ever since the days when cows were hand milked in rough lean-to sheds.
To learn what is in vogue these days in the rotary and herringbone, and even robotic, milking platforms, DairyNZ teamed with a radio show to canvas farmers and their staff about what is on their playlists.
While rock music won out, with a lot of farmers saying they have a good sing-along as they milk, country and pop genres tied for a close second with one farmer pointing out country is tops because ‘country’s where the cows feel at home’.
Another farmer confides her cows are Mamma Mia fans, and seem especially happy when she sings along too.
Classical music registers as well with several farmers remarking it has a calming yet uplifting effect.