Most farmers in the East play music or chat to their animals to relax them, according to the RSPCA.
The charity says its survey showed 69 per cent of farmers believe talking to their animals, chatting to them and playing the radio to them makes them more relaxed, calm and settled.
It follows research by Writtle College in Essex that found playing a radio tuned to pop music or a chat station can have a positive effect on sow and piglet behaviour by increasing sow suckling and causing piglets to be more playful.
Mark Hayward, who keeps pigs near Woodbridge in Suffolk, has taken the idea to new lengths. He's formed a band to play to his pigs. He said: