Will Watching Videos of the Great Outdoors Make Cows "Happy and Productive"?

By Smriti Rao | March 24, 2010 12:28 pm

russian_cowsSome people play Mozart to unborn babies in hopes of increasing their brain power, or talk to their plants in hopes of making them grow faster, so will subjecting cows to hours of video footage of the verdant Swiss Alps make them more productive?

Well, we don’t know yet. But a Russian farmer has invested the time and the LCD TV’s to find out.

News reports indicate that the farmer has rigged one side of his shed with 40-inch LCD TVs so that one row of cows can watch footage of the Swiss Alps, where the grass is green and the skies are blue. The cows on the other side are afforded no such diversion.

The farmer is monitoring his cattle to see if the TV-watching cows are more “happy and productive.”

TV is great, but you know what might be even greater? Letting the cows out of the shed once in a while to let them get a taste of the real green stuff.

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  • Rahsaan

    One more step away from the way evolution intended things and another step closer to ecological mayhem as grazing cows on pasture serve as part of a grander scheme of things. I wonder if he’s also stuffing their faces with soy, corn and wheat while making them watch TV.

  • http://andeatingit2.com Joanna Cake

    Im sorry but now all I can think of is cowch potatoes… lying on the sofa with their udders out whilst they eat out of plastic containers and watch EastEnders… Strike that, it would have to be Emmerdale of course!

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