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Tamsin Cooper

Tamsin Cooper keeps goats and chickens on her smallholding in France, where she aspires to live as sustainably as possible. She follows the latest research on farm animal behavior and has mentored on animal welfare courses.
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Articles by Tamsin Cooper

Breed Profile: Old Irish Goats
May 17, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

Old Irish goats are Ireland’s ancient landrace, hardy to its climate, but have become an endangered rare goat breed. Conservationists are using their innate skills to protect them and the environment.

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Breed Profile: San Clemente Island Goats
May 16, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

San Clemente Island goats are a critically-endangered landrace goat from California. They have a unique gene pool, descended from Creole goats imported to the Americas in the 1500s.

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Are Goats Smart? Revealing Goat Intelligence
May 12, 2022 · · Ownership

Are goats smart? And why is it important for goat owners to understand how goats think? Research provides evidence that goats need an interesting environment and our understanding of their point of view.

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Breed Profile: Toggenburg Goat
April 24, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

The Toggenburg goat is a Swiss dairy goat of long-standing reputation. Although smaller than most dairy breeds, she yields well and has great conformation and character.

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Breed Profile: Nubian Goats
April 20, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

Nubian Goats are the most popular dairy breed in the United States and are perfect for cheesemaking. They are friendly, with an elegant and distinctive appearance of pendulous ears and roman nose. The breed was developed in Great Britain of native milking stock and goats from Asia and Africa.

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Breed Profile: Arapawa Goat
April 13, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

The Arapawa goat, feral for centuries on a remote island in New Zealand, is a unique source of hardy genes, providing a thrifty, self-sufficient nature. The breed is a precious resource for goat biodiversity and needs urgent conservation.

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Goat Behavior Demystified
March 26, 2022 · · Ownership

Goat behavior can sometimes be disconcerting and seem illogical. When we see goats in the light of their natural lives, their behavior makes sense. Wondering why goats headbutt, climb, waste food, and escape? Read on!

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Breed Profile: Australian Cashmere Goats
January 19, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

Australian Cashmere goats were developed from native bush goats in Australia, providing the famously soft cashmere wool and eco-friendly land management.

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Breed Profile: Beetal Goats
November 22, 2021 · · Goat Breeds

Beetal goats are a versatile, multipurpose animals native to the Punjab in India and Pakistan. They are kept in small herds by rural families and villagers. With distinctive long ears and a roman nose, they can grow rather tall.

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Breed Profile: Angora Goats
November 15, 2021 · · Goat Breeds

Angora goats are fiber goats originating in Turkey that produce mohair wool. They are great browsers, but need extra nutrition and care.

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