Russian cows given virtual reality headsets to improve mood
A farm in Russia is using virtual reality headsets to help reduce anxiety in its dairy cows.
According to BBC News, the VR headsets have been adapted for the "structural features of cow heads" and feature a "unique summer field simulation program".
It follows research by the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and Food (MAF), which found a strong link between a cow’s emotions and how much milk it produces.
Early tests are reported to have improved "the overall emotional mood of the herd”.
A statement from the MAF reads: "Examples of dairy farms from different countries show that in a calm atmosphere, the quantity, and sometimes the quality, of milk increases markedly.”
The experiment is reported to be taking place at RusMoloko farm in the Ramensky District of Moscow.