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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

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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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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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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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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