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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: Australian Cashmere Goats
March 14, 2019 . · Goat Breeds

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. In 1788 the …

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Goats Prefer People with Smiling, Happy Faces
March 14, 2019 . · Ownership

Researchers aimed to find out by watching goats at Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats, England, and recording their reactions to photographs of different human expressions. They found that goats prefer people who were smiling.

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Feral Goats: Their Lives and Loves
March 14, 2019 . · Ownership

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 onto Pacific islands, …

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Breed Profile: Hawaiian Ibex Goats
March 14, 2019 . · Goat Breeds

Breed: The Hawaiian Ibex goat is not a true ibex, but rather a feral goat, also known as the Hawaiian feral goat or Spanish goat. Origin: Goats were first released …

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Goat Cast Steals The Show
March 14, 2019 . · Ownership

A daring theater production staged a bold innovation — a goat cast live on stage! Royal Court Theatre, London, England, ran the play from November 24 to the end of …

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Breed Profile: Chèvre des Fossés
March 14, 2019 . · Goat Breeds

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 local to Brittany, …

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Breed Profile: Oberhasli Goat
March 14, 2019 . · Goat Breeds

Breed: Oberhasli goat, Oberhasli-Brienzer, or Chamois Colored goat; formerly known as Swiss Alpine. Origin: Oberhasli goats are indigenous to the mountains of northern and central Switzerland, where they have been …

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Goat Training Fundamentals
March 14, 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: Poitou Goat
March 14, 2019 . · Goat Breeds

Breed: Poitou goat, Poitevine goat, or Poitevin goat. In French, the female is chèvre Poitevine, while the male is bouc Poitevin. Origin: Poitou goats are known in France as native …

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Goat Images Take the Podium
March 14, 2019 . · Ownership

Goat images were used to improve understanding of goat behavior in a recent study. An experiment using photographs of goat faces was one of five presentations on goat behavior featured …

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