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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

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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Goat Teeth — How to Tell a Goat’s Age
August 4, 2019 · · Health

Goat teeth, horns, and other features can help us guess a goat’s age, allowing us to provide optimum nutrition, care, and breeding plans.

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Breed Profile: Australian Cashmere Goats
July 15, 2019 · · Goat Breeds

Add to Favorites 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. …

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Breed Profile: Boer Goats
July 1, 2019 · · Goat Breeds

Add to Favorites Breed: Boer goats (boer means farmer in Afrikaans) Origin: Afrikaners first noted landrace goats kept by indigenous tribes of the Cape provinces in South Africa and in …

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Breed Profile: Old Irish Goats
June 21, 2019 · · Goat Breeds

Add to Favorites Breed: Old Irish Goats Origin: Settlers brought cold weather goats to Ireland in the Neolithic age, approximately 5,000 years ago. This line of goats had slowly adapted, …

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Breed Profile: San Clemente Goats
June 20, 2019 · · Goat Breeds

Add to Favorites Breed: San Clemente goats or San Clemente Island (SCI) goats Origin: Introduced in 1875 to San Clemente Island (57 square miles) from Santa Catalina Island, both of …

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How to House Goats Harmoniously
June 1, 2019 · · Goat Notes

We all want to live in peace. Goats naturally compete when feed and resources are centralized. Enriching housing and outdoor runs, and providing the means to escape aggression, enhances their well-being and reduces stress for you and your goats.

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