Cows in Russia to be tricked with VR glasses
Published on 27.11.2019
Researchers in Russia have launched an experiment for better milk production: in the future, cows will be given the impression that they are standing on a green, juicy meadow with the help of virtual reality glasses (VR). In the cold Russian winter, the animals could relax better thanks to the simulated grazing areas.
Thus, milk production could be boosted, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Moscow Region announced. In this way, “unprecedented results should be achieved,” it said. A prototype of the glasses is already being tested on a farm near the Russian capital.
With VR glasses you can immerse yourself in virtual realities. They are used both for computer games and in other industries. For example, police officers or firefighters use this technology to practice operations in emergencies and terrorist attacks.
Objective: Strengthening the domestic dairy industry
The glasses are specially adapted to the head shape of the cows, it was said from Moscow. The animals should be shown shades of red, green and blue. Initial tests have already shown success. The cows felt less fear, and the herd as a whole was more peaceful.
A large-scale study is to investigate this further. According to the ministry, some Russian farms are already using classical music to stimulate milk production in cows.
Russia has been investing more in the domestic dairy industry for several years, because the supply of dairy products has collapsed since the sanctions on various EU foods. The country should be able to compete on the international market with new innovative methods, said the ministry’s statement.