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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

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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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 at Sanctuary Reveal Smart Secrets on TV
May 1, 2019 · · Ownership

Goats in a UK goat sanctuary show off their intelligence and skills for scientific research and TV documentaries. But why do such delightful animals end up at a goat rescue?

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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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