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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

Goats on TV
May 1, 2019 . · Ownership

Buttercups goats are a mixed group of goats rescued or rehomed from various backgrounds. Their demonstrable intelligence is featured in UK and European TV shows, as well as in scientific research.

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Brain Training for Happy Goats
March 14, 2019 . · Ownership

Selective breeding brings about obvious changes in size, conformation, and yield. Additional physical and behavioral changes accompany selection for any specific trait, and these are sometimes quite unexpected.

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How Do Goats Think and Feel?
March 14, 2019 . · Ownership

Have you ever wondered what your goats are thinking and how they feel about life? Such questions encouraged Elodie Briefer, a Swiss animal behavior researcher specializing in acoustic communication, to …

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The Natural Lives of Goats and Their Kids
March 14, 2019 . · Ownership

Despite thousands of years of domestication, goats still retain most of their natural behavior when learning, exploring and socializing. I expect you’ve noticed how a dam leaves her kids asleep …

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Breed Profile: Pygmy Goats
March 14, 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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How to House Goats Harmoniously
March 14, 2019 . · Feed & Housing

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 how to house …

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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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