Pasture eyes! Farmer gives his cows virtual reality goggles so they think they are outside and produce more milk
- Izzet Kocak, from Aksaray, Turkey has brought his cows inside for the winter
- But the cattle breeder has tried making them think they are outside in field
- Photos show one cow fitted with virtual reality goggles that display pictures of green pastures
- The technology is said to make the animals happier and produce more milk
A farmer has fitted his cooped-up cows with virtual reality goggles to make them think they are outside in summer pastures.
Izzet Kocak has tried out the headsets on two of his cattle after a study suggested the pleasant scenes make the cows happier and produce more milk.
And he told The Sun the method had produced some good results, with output increasing from 22 litres of 27 litres a day.
Izzet, a cattle farmer from Aksaray, Turkey said: ‘They are watching a green pasture and it gives them an emotional boost. They are less stressed.’
A farmer has fitted his cooped-up cows with virtual reality goggles to make them think they are outside in summer pastures
Photos from his cow shed show one of the bovines sporting the goggles while happily munching on grass.
Commenters online have compared the images to ‘scenes from the classic sci-fi movie The Matrix’.
The headsets were developed with vets and first tested on a farm in Moscow.
Farmers worked with developers, vets and consultants at the Krasnogorsk farm near Moscow, to beam the cattle a simulation of a summer field.
Izzet Kocak, a cattle farmer from Aksaray, Turkey said: ‘They are watching a green pasture and it gives them an emotional boost. They are less stressed.’
Photos from his cow shed show one of the bovines sporting the goggles while happily munching on grass
The study revealed ‘reduced anxiety and improved overall emotional mood in the herd’, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food in Moscow.
The hardware was developed by taking a human VR headset and moulding it to the specifications of the animal’s head. IT specialists then tweaked the colour palette in the software to make it more suitable to the animal’s unique vision.
Though not colour blind, cows can’t see red or green and only perceive dull shades of yellow and blue.
The Ministry of Agriculture referred to Dutch and Scottish research findings that ‘environmental conditions have a significant impact on cow health and, as a consequence, the quality and quantity of milk produced.’
Izzet, who has also previously played his 180 animals classical music to relax them, added that he plans to buy ten more headsets.