Russian dairy farming adjusts animals with headphones to improve their well-being & # 39; and improve production
Virtual reality …. for COWS: Russian dairy farming adjusts animals with headsets to "improve their well-being" and improve production
- Headsets were mounted on a herd of cows on the Krasnogorsk farm near Moscow
- The study revealed a reduction in anxiety and an improvement in overall mood
- The agricultural sector is starting to use robotics to improve cow comfort
- Other farmers in Moscow have used classical music to relax their animals
A Russian dairy farm has attached virtual reality headsets to its cows in an experiment to improve their well-being & # 39; and to increase milk production.
Farmers worked with developers, vets and consultants on the Krasnogorsk farm near Moscow to send cattle a simulation of a summer field.
The study revealed “reduced anxiety and improved overall emotional mood in the herd,” said the Ministry of Agriculture and Food in Moscow.
Russian dairy cows are equipped with virtual reality headsets, pictured, in an experiment to see if the advanced technology can improve milk production
An upcoming part of the study will determine if this & # 39; improved general mood & # 39; has a positive effect on milk production.
The hardware was developed by taking a human VR headset and shaping it to the specifications of the animal's head. IT specialists then adjusted the color palette in the software to make it more suitable for the unique vision of the animal.
Although they are not color blind, cows cannot see red or green and only perceive dull shades of yellow and blue.
(Pictured: one of the cows and a farmer on the Krasnogorsk farm near Moscow) The survey found that the headsets reduced anxiety and improved the mood of the herd
In America, rotating brushes are used to massage cattle, while some farmers in Moscow play classical music with the melodies that help the animals relax to produce more milk
The Ministry of Agriculture referred to Dutch and Scottish research results that & # 39; environmental conditions have a significant impact on cow health and consequently on the quality and quantity of milk produced & # 39 ;.
They added that the agricultural sector is increasingly dependent on robotics to improve the emotional well-being of livestock.
In America, automated rotary brushes are used to massage the cattle. In other parts of Moscow, farmers play classical music to relax them and produce more milk.
In Europe, milking automation has given farmers more time to inspect the udders, hooves and the general welfare of the herd.
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