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Tamsin Cooper

Tamsin Cooper keeps goats and chickens on her smallholding in France, where she aspires to live as sustainably as possible. She follows the latest research on farm animal behavior and has mentored on animal welfare courses.
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Articles by Tamsin Cooper

Breed Profile: Beetal Goats
October 9, 2020 · · Goat Breeds

Beetal goats are a versatile, multipurpose animals native to the Punjab in India and Pakistan. They are kept in small herds by rural families and villagers. With distinctive long ears and a roman nose, they can grow rather tall.

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Goat Teeth — How to Tell a Goat’s Age
September 22, 2020 · · Health

Goat teeth, horns, and other features can help us guess a goat’s age, allowing us to provide optimum nutrition, care, and breeding plans.

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Breed Profile: Australian Cashmere Goats
August 28, 2020 · · Goat Breeds

Add to Favorites Breed: Australian Cashmere goats or Merrrit Cashmere goats. Origin: Derived from feral goats (called bush goats) living wild in Australia since the eighteenth century or possibly earlier. …

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Goat Training Fundamentals
August 25, 2020 · · Ownership

Goats are learning all the time and can be trained using positive reinforcement techniques, making life more fun and harmonious for you and your goats.

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Are Goats Smart? Revealing Goat Intelligence
August 23, 2020 · · Ownership

Are goats smart? And why is it important for goat owners to understand how goats think? Research provides evidence that goats need an interesting environment and our understanding of their point of view.

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Breed Profile: Pygmy Goats
August 17, 2020 · · Goat Breeds

Pygmy goats are of West African origin and are characterized by their short legs and face due to genetic dwarfism. Their sturdy bodies and hardiness confer utility in their native countries.

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What Do Goats Do Naturally? 7 Goat-Friendly Barn Essentials
August 5, 2020 · · Feed & Housing

What do goats do naturally? How can we help them stay occupied and comfortable in confinement? Check out these ideas for the goat barn or pen that help goats feel at home!

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Breed Profile: Valais Blackneck Goat
August 5, 2020 · · Goat Breeds

The Valais Blackneck goat is a dual-purpose breed local to the high Swiss Alps for thousands of years. Its legendary climbing and foraging abilities make it ideal for low-input pastoral farming in dry alpine conditions.

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Breed Profile: Nubian Goats
June 11, 2020 · · Goat Breeds

Nubian Goats are the most popular dairy breed in the United States and are perfect for cheesemaking. They are friendly, with an elegant and distinctive appearance of pendulous ears and roman nose. The breed was developed in Great Britain of native milking stock and goats from Asia and Africa.

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Breed Profile: Kalahari Red Goats
June 10, 2020 · · Goat Breeds

Kalahari Red goats are commercially developed for meat from native African landraces and red Boer goats. They are excellent natural mothers and tough survivors in the hot, dry savanna. Their strength and fecundity lends promise to the food supply in Africa.

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