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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

It’s Written on Goats’ Faces
June 23, 2019 · · Ownership

by Tamsin Cooper Do goat faces express their feelings? And do they recognize ours? Animal behavior researchers are busy finding out. Are goats smart? Goats make and respond to facial …

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

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, over many generations, …

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

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 which are Channel …

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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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Breed Profile: Savanna Goats
May 21, 2019 · · 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.

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Are Goats Smart? Reading Goats’ Minds
May 10, 2019 · · Ownership

Are goats smart? And why is it important for goat owners to understand how goats think?

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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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