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Greener pastures! VR headsets show lush fields upping cow milk production in Turkey

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Turkish cattle breeder Izzet Kocak was seen using a Russian-inspired tech-savvy method to beat away the bovine blues and get as much milk from his cows as possible, as seen in early January at his farm in Aksaray.

One cow was hooked up to a Virtual Reality (VR) headset, with the aim of visually transporting it to greener pastures.

Classical music was also played to relax the cows whilst feeding.

Speaking from his farm over the weekend, Kocak said that when his cows are happy it improves their milk production.

“As producers, we were seeking alternative ways [to maximise yields], particularly with the increase in feed and hay prices,” said Kocak.

The breeder added that that the idea to use VR glasses on livestock came to him when seeing reports of Russian farmers doing the same.

So far, Kocak has tested the method on two of his cows, and after following the animals for ten days, he said the results have been a success, with a notable increase in both the quality and the quantity of milk in the animals wearing the headsets.

SOT, Izzet Kocak, Farmer (Turkish): “I’ve been working in agriculture and livestock for a long time, and we’ve been doing this for three generations, a profession that’s passed on to us from our grandparents.”

SOT, Izzet Kocak, Farmer (Turkish): “We saw this virtual reality headset in virtual media from Russia and it caught my attention and then I went into a search. I went into the project phase with the motivation of whether I should try it or not. So I did the research and wanted to experiment with animals to see if these virtual glasses and classical music could help to produce more and better quality milk.”

SOT, Izzet Kocak, Farmer (Turkish): “I’ve tried these glasses on two of my animals. In addition to virtual reality goggles, we played classical music to our animals like Beethoven and Mozart. Besides, the animal roams around until half an hour to the milking time. When milking times came we put goggles on our cows and played the music. This makes animals excrete oxytocin which makes them happy. When they are happy and not stressed we have managed to get more and better quality milk. We have experienced this on two of our animals and have been successful.”

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