The farmers have put into action scientific research that shows music has the same effects on animals as it does in human beings. They play reggae music to the cows to help them relax hence increase their milk production.
Besides the good music farmers also ensure the cows have good sleeping conditions – This comes days after President Uhuru launched the construction of a KSh 250 million milk cooling plant in Meru County.
Listening to music before an operation can even improve post-surgery outcomes and research has shown all these apply to animals too.
Days after President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the construction of a KSh 250 million milk cooling plant in Meru County, dairy farmers are now playing music to cows to increase milk production. According to the Meru Highlands Dairy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Justus Nguu, the farmers use reggae music to get the cows to relax and yield more milk.
“A cow must be comfortable and must be relaxed. When it is relaxed and that music playing in the background that is when you get maximum out of it,” he said. Besides the good music, Nguu said a god sleeping condition of the cows also contributes to the high production of milk.
This has forced the farmers to learn, through the Meru Dairy, how put up modern cow sheds with automated milking facilities.The construction of the New KCC facility with a holding capacity of 100,000 litres in Nyambene will be completed in October 2020.
This follows the assurance that the government will not hesitate in its efforts to improve the welfare of the farmers who rely on milk production to provide for the family. The construction of the New Kenya Co-operative Creameries (KCC) facility with a holding capacity of 100,000 litres in Nyambene will be completed in October 2020. The President advised dairy farmers in the area to take advantage of the facility once its construction is completed to increase their milk production.
Unlike other New KCC cooling facilities, the plant will, in addition to bulking and chilling, pasteurize the raw milk before it is transported to processing facilities. The plant will serve dairy farmers from five of the nine sub-counties in Meru County. They include Tigania East, Tigania West, Tigania Central, Igembe North and Igembe South which are currently served by smallholder farmers cooperatives and self-help groups.