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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
August 5, 2020 · · 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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Breed Profile: Valais Blackneck Goat
August 5, 2020 · · Goat Breeds

The Valais Blackneck goat is a dual-purpose breed local to the high Swiss Alps for thousands of years. Its legendary climbing and foraging abilities make it ideal for low-input pastoral farming in dry alpine conditions.

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Breed Profile: Nubian Goats
June 11, 2020 · · 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: Kalahari Red Goats
June 10, 2020 · · Goat Breeds

Kalahari Red goats are commercially developed for meat from native African landraces and red Boer goats. They are excellent natural mothers and tough survivors in the hot, dry savanna. Their strength and fecundity lends promise to the food supply in Africa.

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Uncovering African Goat Origins in America’s Favorite Breeds
June 4, 2020 · · 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: Poitou Goat
May 20, 2020 · · 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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Breed Profile: San Clemente Goats
May 16, 2020 · · 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: Boer Goats
May 3, 2020 · · Goat Breeds

Boer Goats were developed in South Africa as a meat resource from local landrace goats. They have become an internationally renowned breed. They are well-adapted to the hot, dry climate of the veld.

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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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