Cows being taught to read in New Zealand 
Wednesday, 18 June 2003 - Annanora

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Cows are being taught to 'read' in New Zealand in the hope they can save farmers time and money.

Researchers hope they can teach dairy cows to identify which gates to go through to robotic milking machines by using signs.

Scientist Jenny Jago says the cows are already starting to understand what the signs mean.

"We've got to the stage where they are using the signs to make that distinction as to which gate they should go through," she said.

"So what we have to do now is work out what it is in that sign that they are using. Is it the colour that they are using as a cue? Is it the shape that we're giving them?"