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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: 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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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

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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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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