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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: Boer Goats
May 3, 2020 · · Goat Breeds

Boer Goats were developed in South Africa as a meat resource from local landrace goats. They have become an internationally renowned breed. They are well-adapted to the hot, dry climate of the veld.

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Goat Enrichment: The Importance of Mental Health
March 5, 2020 · · Ownership

Goat enrichment provides stimulation of goats’ minds with emotional and health benefits. Positive emotions promote resilience and help goats to cope with life’s challenges.

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Using Teeth to Determine Your Goat’s Age
March 4, 2020 · · Goat Notes

Deciduous incisors generally erupt one pair per week from birth, so you can reckon a kid’s age. The first two middle permanent incisors emerge as a yearling approaches 18 months old.

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Breed Profile: Spanish Goat
February 10, 2020 · · Goat Breeds

The Spanish Goat is America’s own landrace, adapted perfectly to survival in tough climates, proving to be the best goats for meat and brush clearance in the region.

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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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