Kicker: Virtual reality for cows


MARY REICHARD, HOST: Doctors tell us to reduce stress in our lives. 

But what about cows? 

A farm just outside of Moscow is fitting cows with virtual reality headsets. It’s all part of an experiment.  

You see, Russia’s Ministry of Agriculture points to research that suggests calmer, happier cows produce more milk. And they’re hoping that just maybe high-tech will make for a herd of blissed-out bovines.

It’s not clear just yet if dairy production is up, but overseers “noted reduced anxiety and improved overall emotional mood in the herd.”

So what are the cows watching on their VR headsets? Well, it’s a sort of cow version of old reruns of Green Acres!

They’re seeing a simulation of a “summer field” where the weather is always sunny and the grass is always green. A virtual paradise for a Moscow cow!

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