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    Farmer in Turkey was able to get his cows to produce more milk by fitting them with VR headsets

    A farmer in Turkey has come up with a unique but ‘ingenious’ technique of making his cows produce more milk.

    Izzet Kocak, who hails from Aksaray, fitted his cattle up with Virtual Reality headsets in a bid to give them a feel of the outside.  He went ahead with the idea after realising his cows were getting affected by the winter weather.

    A study suggests that pleasant scenes and sounds make cows happier and they even produce more milk. Kocak used the VR goggles as he wanted his cattle to think they’re in green fields with bright sunshine.

    “They are watching a green pasture and it gives them an emotional boost. They are less stressed,” the farmer told The Sun.

    The idea seems to have worked like a charm as the cows reportedly increased their milk production from 22 litres to 27 litres a day.

    Before this idea, Kocak said he used to keep his animals happy by playing classical music for them. He is now so satisfied with the VR goggles that he plans on buying ten more.

    The headsets are not regular as they were developed with vets and tested on a farm in Moscow before Kocak started using them on his cattle. Several farmers worked with vets, consultants and developers at the Krasnogorsk farm near Moscow to come up with the headsets.

    The hardware is made up of a regular human VR set but it was moulded to the specifications of a cow’s head. Once this was done, experts changed the colur palette in the software to make the VR headset more suitable’s to a cow’s vision.

    It was necessary to tweak the colours as cows can’t see red or green.

    This overall study revealed that farm cows were happier and produced more milk in a pleasant environment.

    “Reduced anxiety and improved overall emotional mood in the herd,” the study stated.

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