Most of us may not be aware that the quality of the meat we eat is affected by the amount of stress that the livestock is subjected to, although farmers, meat processors and livestock raisers know this only too well. Relaxing music is played at many livestock farms, in an effort to reduce the amount of stress, or even eliminate it altogether. Animal rights activists like this trend of course, as it means the animals are happier and more relaxed, and studies indicate that music really does help to lower the stress levels of livestock.
Farm animals that are raised for the consumption of food are generally subject to several different regulations and procedures, all aimed at lowering stress and raising happier animals. There must be plenty of space in the animal houses and the pens, and they must be comfortable too.
All ranches and other facilities where livestock are raised must use nonslip flooring, and there must be no breaching of the concepts of flight zones and point of balance. Calm and quiet animals move more freely and easily, and it is, therefore, important to keep the animals as calm as possible at all times. This calm atmosphere can be enhanced by the right sort of music, although nothing too loud or noisy.
When compared to humans, animals are naturally more sensitive to noises at a high frequency, making it essential to try to eliminate as much noise as possible. There are some sounds and levels of sound that humans simply cannot detect or hear, although farm animals and livestock can hear these high-pitched sounds. Human hearing sensitivity levels typically range between 1000 to 3000 HZ, as compared to the hearing sensitivity of animals, which is between 7000 and 8000 HZ.
Animals being moved can become a lot more excited or agitated when exposed to certain types of noise, such as whistling and cracking a whip, both of which should be avoided. If possible use quieter types of hydraulic tools and rubber pads on certain machines to reduce the sound of clanging and banging. One of the most disturbing types of loud noise is produced by some types of hydraulic pumps, and mufflers should also be used on air operated tools to quieten the sound of hissing air as much as possible,
It can be a challenge to separate and sort cattle, pigs, and other animals if they are agitated and excited, whereas it’s a lot easier to handle and move calm animals. It can typically take about 20 minutes for an animal that is highly agitated to return to its normal state, although you should calm them down for at least a few minutes before continuing to move them. Slamming gates should be avoided, and yelling and whistling at livestock animals will only serve to make them more agitated.
A calm, quiet animal that can be moved and managed easily should be the goal of anyone who works on a farm, and those who raise livestock should know how to remain relaxed and calm.