The National Farmers Union is sending farmers a “relaxation” CD to help their turkeys “chill out”.
The experimental approach to calming nervous turkeys was drawn up by the NFU after consultation with animal behaviour experts from the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh.
The “turkey top ten” contains a range of tracks, with names such as “Wind chimes”, “Gregorian chanting” and “Happy turkeys”, aimed at having a positive calming influence on the birds.
“It is well known among farmers that a background of constant sound calms birds, probably because it drowns out unexpected noise,” said NFU turkey spokesman Mike Bailey said. According to the NFU, stress-free birds have a more tender taste.
The farmers taking part hope to get a definitive answer on the subject to help turkey producers in future years.