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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

How Many Goats per Acre?
August 10, 2022 · · Ownership

How many goats per acre you can have to provide for pasture, space to forage, and enough feed for goats’ needs while remaining sustainable. Read on to find out how to estimate for your area.

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Elder Goat Care: Preparation and Treatment Tips
August 2, 2022 · · Health, Ownership

The elder goat needs special care to ensure good health and welfare. We need to give extra attention to diet, body condition, hooves, mobility, comfort, and signs of illness or inability to thrive. Here are some signs to look for and solutions we can offer.

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Why Do Goats Flap Their Tongues?
August 1, 2022 · · Ownership

Why do goats flap their tongues and wag their tails? These are some of the courtship rituals goats use to attract mates. Read on for more signs of estrus (goat heat) and readiness for mating.

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Breed Profile: Savanna Goats
July 12, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

Savanna goats are white South African meat goats that have adapted to the harsh environment of the African veld. They are hardy, fecund, and resilient in similar climates.

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Breed Profile: Oberhasli Goat
July 9, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

The Oberhasli goat is a Swiss dairy breed with sweet milk and friendly nature. Wethers are bold and make excellent pack goats.

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Breed Profile: Myotonic Goats
June 5, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

Myotonic goats or Tennessee fainting goats are a unique American landrace of the southern states. They are the perfect multipurpose breed for the region’s conditions and climate.

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Breed Profile: Pygmy Goats
June 3, 2022 · · 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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Miniature Goat Breeds: What Exactly Makes a Goat Miniature?
May 21, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

Miniature goat breeds are small lines developed from larger parent breeds or from crossing a larger breed with a dwarf goat. It’s important to know how large your teacup goat will be full grown.

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Breed Profile: Finnish Landrace Goat
May 19, 2022 · · 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: Poitou Goat
May 18, 2022 · · 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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