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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

Goat Behavior Demystified
February 3, 2020 · · 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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Genetic Diversity: Examples of Mistakes Learned from Cows
January 10, 2020 · · Ownership

Biodiversity is vital to livestock as well as to the environment. Heeding the warnings of the UN, we can improve genetic diversity in our goat herds by preserving landrace and rare breeds.

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Do Goats Have Accents and Why? Goat Social Behavior
January 6, 2020 · · Ownership

When scientists asked, “Do goats have accents?” we were amazed at what they found. Let’s look at the implications of such facts on goats’ social lives.

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Breed Profile: Pashmina Goat
December 10, 2019 · · Goat Breeds

Pashmina goats provide the finest and warmest cashmere due to their adaption to the cold, harsh winters of the Tibetan Plateau. Their fiber provides vital income for nomadic pastoralists in these inhospitable climes.

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Breed Profile: Finnish Landrace Goat
November 20, 2019 · · Goat Breeds

The Finnish Landrace goat has ancient origins in Finland. This rare goat breed is hardy, well adapted to a cold climate, and a highly productive milker.

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Ethical Dairy Finds Solutions to the Disadvantages of Goat Milk Production
October 21, 2019 · · Home Dairy

Disadvantages of goat milk production are animal welfare issues, such as kid separation and culling. Sorène has found a way to meet goat welfare needs while running a soap business.

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Breed Profile: Chèvre des Fossés
September 3, 2019 · · Goat Breeds

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How to House Goats Harmoniously
August 27, 2019 · · Feed & Housing

How to house goats with the minimum of conflict and stress, providing access for all to feed and resting places, while making the most of space. A goat-friendly perspective on barn design.

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Feral Goats: Their Lives and Loves
August 25, 2019 · · Ownership

Add to Favorites Feral goats live wild in many habitats due to widespread release of domestic animals over the last 250 years. Sailors, such as Captain Cook, released dual-purpose goats …

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Breed Profile: Kiko Goat
August 16, 2019 · · Goat Breeds

The Kiko goat was developed in New Zealand for meat production under harsh conditions. Kikos are hardy and adaptable, requiring minimal assistance with kidding and healthcare.

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