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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: Girgentana Goat
August 4, 2021 · · Goat Breeds

The Girgentana goat is one of Italy’s rare goat breeds with unique and valuable hardy traits and great potential for craft dairy products … and the most amazing horns!

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Goat Training Fundamentals
August 2, 2021 · · 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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Breed Profile: Nubian Goats
July 24, 2021 · · 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: Pygmy Goats
July 17, 2021 · · 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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How Much Space Do Goats Need?
June 24, 2021 · · Feed & Housing

How much space do goats need in the barn and at the hay rack to avoid aggression and get their fill? How much land do they need for adequate grazing at pasture? Research reveals answers that vary according to individual goat needs.

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Breed Profile: Myotonic Goats
June 18, 2021 · · Goat Breeds

Myotonic goats or Tennessee fainting goats are a unique American landrace of the southern states. They are the perfect multipurpose breed for the region’s conditions and climate.

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Breed Profile: Golden Guernsey Goat
June 11, 2021 · · Goat Breeds

The Golden Guernsey goat is an economical and friendly backyard dairy goat, hardy to damp, cool, and windy conditions, giving milk that’s great for cheese and yogurt.

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Breed Profile: Toggenburg Goat
May 24, 2021 · · Goat Breeds

The Toggenburg goat is a Swiss dairy goat of long-standing reputation. Although smaller than most dairy breeds, she yields well and has great conformation and character.

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Breed Profile: San Clemente Goats
April 19, 2021 · · Goat Breeds

San Clemente Island goats are a critically-endangered landrace goat from California. They have a unique gene pool, descended from Creole goats imported to the Americas in the 1500s.

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Breed Profile: Poitou Goat
April 12, 2021 · · Goat Breeds

Poitou goats are known in France as native to the Marais Poitevin, in the ancient province of Poitou, western France. A popular legend claims that goats were left by Arab warriors after their defeat in 732 at the battle of Poitiers.

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