A FRAMFIELD dairy farmer has made a compilation of ‘love songs’ performed by his cows.
The love-themed mootunes were recorded over a period of three days on Arches Farm in Framfield with dairy farmer Anthony Renwick using his smartphone to pick up the live animal sounds after which the noises were digitally enhanced using computer wizardry. The best moos were assembled by a sound technician into the tunes now available online.
The compilation of tunes is being featured on www.mootunes.org in a bid to make the sounds of the farmyard accessible to everyone. The free tracks can be played online or downloaded in mp3 format to make unusual ringtones, message alerts or alarms.
As well as classic love songs such as Can’t Help Falling in Love and I Just Called to Say I Love You, the romantic ‘moo-sic’ collection also includes a rendition of Daisy Bell and ringtone favourites such as the iconic Nokia ringtone.
The unlikely bovine rival to iTunes is the brainchild of DairyCo, the not-for-profit organisation working on behalf of British dairy farmers.
Anthony Renwick, 42, said: “Most visitors to the farm are surprised to see how high-tech dairy farming is. I use my iPhone for lots of jobs on the farm – anything from recording milk deliveries to keeping up to date with grazing discussion groups on Facebook and following the twitter feeds of dairy experts. “I thought it would be fun to see how a recording of my cows would turn out. It was actually quite difficult getting good recordings – normally the cows are calm and content and don’t make that much noise. In the end I managed to capture some moos, but the best ones came from a loud bull trying to impress one of the cows. So I guess it’s quite fitting that the sounds were made into love tunes!”
Anthony, who looks after a herd of 280 New Zealand Jersey cross-bred cows, added: “I was amazed at how the sounds were changed by the computer experts into these ‘mootunes’ – they don’t quite match up to the originals, but they’d make a really unusual ring or alarm tones for someone you care about.”
Helen Fina, communications manager at DairyCo said: “Sometimes there can be a perception that farming is old-fashioned, but most dairy farmers not only depend on sophisticated equipment to run their farms but also rely on smartphones to stay up-to-date and efficient. With Valentine’s Day this week we challenged Anthony to get really creative and record his animals’ moos – fortunately his bull performed on cue! The tunes are a real novelty and were perfect for surprising a loved one.”
Helen added: “Many people are interested in farming and where their food comes from, but rarely get the opportunity to visit a working dairy farm or see cows close at hand. We’re hoping Mootunes might tempt people to find out more about dairy cows and how they’re looked after by farmers. It’s a bit of fun but there is also a serious challenge here in trying to help make the connection between those who produce our food and those who consume it.”
The latest initiative is not the first to use quirky ways to get the public thinking about farms and dairy production. Recently a cow from Lancashire, Lefty, became the first cow on Twitter with all the latest gossip from the farmyard. And www.thisisdairyfarming.com also features a range of ‘moovies’ - short film clips viewable online - offering a glimpse of life on Britain’s dairy farms.