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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

Breed Profile: Finnish Landrace Goat
November 20, 2019 · · Goat Breeds

The Finnish Landrace goat has ancient origins in Finland. This rare goat breed is hardy, well adapted to a cold climate, and a highly productive milker.

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Breed Profile: Pygmy Goats
November 2, 2019 · · 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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Ethical Dairy Finds Solutions to the Disadvantages of Goat Milk Production
October 21, 2019 · · Home Dairy

Disadvantages of goat milk production are animal welfare issues, such as kid separation and culling. Sorène has found a way to meet goat welfare needs while running a soap business.

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Breed Profile: Angora Goats
October 13, 2019 · · Goat Breeds

Angora goats are fiber goats originating in Turkey that produce mohair wool. They are great browsers, but need extra nutrition and care.

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Those Amazing Goat Eyes and Remarkable Senses!
October 13, 2019 · · Ownership

Goat eyes give them amazing vision and their sharp senses protect them out at range. Understanding goat senses helps us to manage our herd more easily.

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Breed Profile: Chèvre des Fossés
September 3, 2019 · · Goat Breeds

Add to Favorites Breed: chèvre des Fossés (ditch goat) or chèvre des Talus (bank goat) or chèvre commune de l’Ouest (landrace goat of western France). Origin: The chèvre des Fossés is …

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How to House Goats Harmoniously
August 27, 2019 · · Feed & Housing

Add to Favorites We all want to live in peace. So do goats (believe it or not!) They have evolved a social system to avoid conflict. Problems occur when considering …

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Feral Goats: Their Lives and Loves
August 25, 2019 · · Ownership

Add to Favorites Feral goats live wild in many habitats due to widespread release of domestic animals over the last 250 years. Sailors, such as Captain Cook, released dual-purpose goats …

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Genetic Diversity: Examples of Mistakes Learned from Cows
August 21, 2019 · · 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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Breed Profile: Kiko Goat
August 16, 2019 · · Goat Breeds

The Kiko goat was developed in New Zealand for meat production under harsh conditions. Kikos are hardy and adaptable, requiring minimal assistance with kidding and healthcare.

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