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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

Breed Profile: Chèvre des Fossés
March 14, 2019 . · Goat Breeds

Breed: chèvre des Fossés (ditch goat) or chèvre des Talus (bank goat) or chèvre commune de l’Ouest (landrace goat of western France). Origin: The chèvre des Fossés is local to Brittany, …

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Breed Profile: Oberhasli Goat
March 14, 2019 . · Goat Breeds

Breed: Oberhasli goat, Oberhasli-Brienzer, or Chamois Colored goat; formerly known as Swiss Alpine. Origin: Oberhasli goats are indigenous to the mountains of northern and central Switzerland, where they have been …

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Goat Training Fundamentals
March 14, 2019 . · Ownership

Goats are learning all the time and can be trained using positive reinforcement techniques, making life more fun and harmonious for you and your goats.

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Breed Profile: Poitou Goat
March 14, 2019 . · Goat Breeds

Breed: Poitou goat, Poitevine goat, or Poitevin goat. In French, the female is chèvre Poitevine, while the male is bouc Poitevin. Origin: Poitou goats are known in France as native …

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Goat Images Take the Podium
March 14, 2019 . · Ownership

Goats recognize emotion in images of goats’ faces; goats look to humans for help and learn from us; goats’ personality differences affect learning … and many more research findings!

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Goat Games Reveal Caprine Intelligence
March 14, 2019 . · Ownership

Goat games are fun to watch, and watching goats is a hobby of mine. Once they get used to my presence and go back to browsing as normal, I can …

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Icelandic Goat: Conservation Through Farming
March 14, 2019 . · Goat Breeds

A passionate young woman and her family battle against cultural and legal obstacles to save a unique and endearing rare goat breed, the Icelandic goat. Her animals starred in a …

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Breed Profile: French Alpine Goats
March 14, 2019 . · Goat Breeds

Breed: French Alpine Goats Origin: A landrace in the Swiss Alps, this hardy, agile breed adapted well to the rocky, dry landscape, extremes of temperature, and scarcity of vegetation. In …

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Genetic Diversity: Examples of Mistakes Learned from Cows
March 14, 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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