If music can make humans perform better, why should it be any different with cows?
This is the logic adopted by the authorities of a gaushala (cattle shelter) in Rajasthan’s Sikar district, where music systems and loudspeakers worth Rs40,000 have been installed to play religious tunes – or bhajans – to its 510 bovine inmates.
The reason? They believe music can make the cows spout milk with heightened generosity.
“I once read that listening to bhajans can bring about hormonal changes in cows, and increase their milk-generating abilities. We installed our music system way back in June, and guess what! The cows have been producing more milk in the last six months,” claimed Daulat Ram Goyal, president of the Gopal Gaushala Samiti at Sikar.
There’s nothing soft about the music either. According to 58-year-old Goyal, six amplifiers have been installed across the cattle shelter to ensure that the four-legged listeners do not miss a single note of the music.
“The bhajans are played twice a day – 5:15 am to 8 am in the morning, and 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm in the evening. The tracks include devotional songs written by Meera Bai, and phrases from the Ramcharitmanasm,” he said.
If the samiti president is to be believed, none of that bass is going waste. Goyal claimed the cows have never produced this much milk in the seven years he has been heading the facility. “Earlier, the cows would collectively bear around 130 litres of milk every day. It has now gone up to 170 litres. All our cows are of the ‘pure desi’ breed, and this is the largest gaushala of its kind in the Shekhawati region,” he added.
Samiti members have also decided to create a fixed deposit (FD) of Rs2 crore, which would be used to develop the facility. “We have already created two FDs of Rs50 lakh each. We should be able to collect the complete amount by March,” said Goyal.