Jazz and massage at Italian buffalo dairy
CAPACCIO, Italy (AFP) - A queue forms for rub-downs as jazz piano tinkles out of the speakers: some of the best buffalo mozzarella in the world starts with in-stable VIP treatment.
Ducky, Sweety and Lady lumber towards the sound system, attracted to the smooth Keith Jarrett licks at the exclusive Tenuta Vannulo dairy in southern Italy.
"The music helps them produce more milk because the animal feels more relaxed," said 25-year-old Valentina Michelucci, a tousle-haired stable hand, who said she wants to try out some disco hits too. "They're very curious when they hear it."
The half-tonne black water buffaloes spend their days lounging on rubber mattresses, munching on organic hay or looking forward to vaporised showers that form a fine cooling mist from overhead pipes.