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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Goats Prefer People with Smiling, Happy Faces
March 14, 2019 · · Home Dairy, 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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Breed Profile: Hawaiian Ibex Goats
March 14, 2019 · · Goat Breeds

Add to Favorites 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 …

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