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Tamsin Cooper

Tamsin Cooper is a smallholder who owns goats and chickens in France. She follows the latest research on behavior, welfare and sustainability, and mentors on animal welfare courses.
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Articles by Tamsin Cooper

Goat Enrichment: The Importance of Mental Health
March 5, 2020 · · Ownership

Goat enrichment provides stimulation of goats’ minds with emotional and health benefits. Positive emotions promote resilience and help goats to cope with life’s challenges.

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Using Teeth to Determine Your Goat’s Age
March 4, 2020 · · Goat Notes

Deciduous incisors generally erupt one pair per week from birth, so you can reckon a kid’s age. The first two middle permanent incisors emerge as a yearling approaches 18 months old.

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Breed Profile: Pygmy Goats
March 3, 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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Breed Profile: Spanish Goat
February 10, 2020 · · Goat Breeds

The Spanish Goat is America’s own landrace, adapted perfectly to survival in tough climates, proving to be the best goats for meat and brush clearance in the region.

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Goat Behavior Demystified
February 3, 2020 · · Ownership

Goat behavior can sometimes be disconcerting and seem illogical. When we see goats in the light of their natural lives, their behavior makes sense. Wondering why goats headbutt, climb, waste food, and escape? Read on!

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Genetic Diversity: Examples of Mistakes Learned from Cows
January 10, 2020 · · Ownership

We have been able to improve livestock production due to their wide genetic diversity. However, looking closely, improvements in productivity have come at a heavy price of increased health issues and nutritional demands.

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Do Goats Have Accents and Why? Goat Social Behavior
January 6, 2020 · · Ownership

When scientists asked, “Do goats have accents?” we were amazed at what they found. Let’s look at the implications of such facts on goats’ social lives.

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Goat Training Fundamentals
December 29, 2019 · · 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: Pashmina Goat
December 10, 2019 · · Goat Breeds

Pashmina goats provide the finest and warmest cashmere due to their adaption to the cold, harsh winters of the Tibetan Plateau. Their fiber provides vital income for nomadic pastoralists in these inhospitable climes.

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It’s Written on Goats’ Faces
December 6, 2019 · · Ownership

Do goats’ faces express their feelings? And do they recognize ours? Animal behavior researchers are busy finding out. So far, we have evidence of how subtle and sensitive goats can be.

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