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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

What Do Goats Do Naturally? 7 Goat-Friendly Barn Essentials
December 22, 2022 · · 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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Do Goats Have Accents and Why? Goat Social Behavior
December 19, 2022 · · 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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Feral Goats: Their Lives and Loves
December 19, 2022 · · Ownership

Feral goats live in the wild in many places around the world. They preserve the species’ survival skills and the genes of old and rare breeds that will help domestic goats survive climate change.

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When Were Goats Domesticated, and Where?
December 15, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

When and where were goats domesticated and how was it done? As one of the first farm animals domesticated from a wild goat species, goats have a fascinating past and give insights into early human history.

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Breed Profile: Turkish Hair Goat
November 1, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

The Turkish Hair goat is native to Türkiye and is directly descended from the first Anatolian goats, which were domesticated in the area. They are extremely hardy, diverse, and multipurpose and a great asset to their people.

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How to House Goats Harmoniously
September 30, 2022 · · Feed & Housing

How to house goats with the minimum of conflict and stress, providing access for all to feed and resting places, while making the most of space. A goat-friendly perspective on barn design.

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How Much Space Do Goats Need?
September 30, 2022 · · 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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Uncovering African Goat Origins in America’s Favorite Breeds
September 28, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

How did the African goat become the roots of many common goat breeds in America? There are African origins in Spanish, Myotonic, SCI, Nubian, Pygmy, Nigerian Dwarf, Boer, and Savanna goats. Join us in the story of their migration to find out.

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Breed Profile: Rove Goat
September 1, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

Rove goats are the most distinctive ruminants of southern France and possibly one of the oldest landraces. They excel in a pastoral system, leading flocks, providing cheese, and clearing brush.

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Getting Started with Goats as Pets
September 1, 2022 · · Ownership

Keeping goats as pets requires time, preparation, and the right environment. Learn about goats and the best goats for pets beforehand, starting here …

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