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We all know about VR or Virtual Reality, right? Those goggles you put on, before watching a film, playing a game or even going full in inside a VR pod.

But who would have thought that this kind of technology would be applied to cattle on farms?

Firstly, tested in Moscow, VR devices have been applied to cows together with some vets to make sure the animals are safe while using them.

After that, Izzet Kocak, a cattle breeder from Aksaray, Turkey, has tried setting the VR headsets on two of his own cows to see if they can produce more milk this way. As a result of this, he relates that milk production has increased from 22 liters to 27 liters a day.

The way this works is that the animals look at green pastures on their VR devices, from the ‘comfort’ of their barn. Because they need to stay indoors during heavy winters, they are being tricked by the VR that they actually are on a sunny, green field.

“They are watching a green pasture and it gives them an emotional boost”, stated Kocak. He also adds that they are more relaxed than they used to and that he is planning to install 10 more headsets.

The dystopian idea sounds appalling to many people, even if the results seem to be positive. Many people believe it would be more ethical to just give these cows more land than some VR headsets that try to imitate that kind of world.

What do you think about it? What do you think about the ethical implications of this strategy for increasing milk production?

Let us know your thoughts in a comment below.

Influence your world,
Toluna Team
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v3797470i37

  4 months ago
Animals are conscious beings that experience varying degrees of emotional responses. Just like humans, they can be more productive if they are happy. Human's peripheral is different from the animals', and the use of VR in the long run could affect them adversely. It might be new to them that's why it caused them to produce more milk during the first few times of using. It is a good seasonal alternative technique which requires specific conditions on when it should be done, but it should not replace the natural way of producing milk from cows.
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v3797470i37

  4 months ago
Animals are conscious beings that experience varying degrees of emotional responses. Just like humans, they can be more productive if they are happy. Human's peripheral is different from the animals', and the use of VR in the long run could affect them adversely. It might be new to them that's why it caused them to produce more milk during the first few times of using. It is a good seasonal alternative technique which requires specific conditions on when it should be done, but it should not replace the natural way of producing milk from cows.
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mitchplease1995

  4 months ago
Animals are conscious beings that experience varying degrees of emotional responses. Just like humans, they can be more productive if they are happy. Human's peripheral is different from the animals', and the use of VR in the long run could affect them adversely. It might be new to them that's why it caused them to produce more milk during the first few times of using. It is a good seasonal alternative technique which requires specific conditions on when it should be done, but it should not replace the natural way of producing milk from cows.
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sujithasanth

  4 months ago
If safe to cows, good technique to increase milk production
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sameena.saddik

  4 months ago
as far as the animals are not effected or there is no danger for their lifes its ok.
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