It is a technology of widespread use in entertainment and video games thanks to devices such as the viewfinder
Sony PlayStation VR or the
Oculus Quest from Facebook. And soon, it will also be a tool for cows to be relaxed and improve their milk production.
This was the goal of
Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Moscow region, which presented a prototype virtual reality viewer used in a Russian farm with the aim of improving the conditions of the cows.
"In many countries, farms encourage a quiet environment to improve the quality of production. American farmers use rotating brushes to massage cattle," Russian government authorities explain about the initiative that combines technology with milk production. The initiative is based on a study by the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, which indicates that environmental conditions have a positive impact on the health of cows and the quality and quantity of milk they produce.
Based on this and other studies based on the welfare of cattle, a group of researchers together with a team of veterinarians and consultants used a series of virtual reality glasses adapted to the size of the animals' heads. Virtual productions simulated fields in summer and were created so that they could be seen in the spectrum of colors that cows can appreciate.
In this first stage, which was carried out at the RusMoloko farm located in the Ramensky district of Moscow, the researchers recorded a decrease in anxiety and a general improvement in the mood of the animals that used the virtual reality viewers. It is expected that in future tests the system will be tested on cattle used for milk production.