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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: Toggenburg Goat
May 24, 2021 · · 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: San Clemente Goats
April 19, 2021 · · 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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Breed Profile: Poitou Goat
April 12, 2021 · · Goat Breeds

Poitou goats are known in France as native to the Marais Poitevin, in the ancient province of Poitou, western France. A popular legend claims that goats were left by Arab warriors after their defeat in 732 at the battle of Poitiers.

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Introducing New Goats: How to Minimize Stress
April 11, 2021 · · Ownership

Introducing a new goat to the herd or a single goat is stressful, especially for the new goat. Here’s how to make it easier …

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Goat Bloat: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention
April 2, 2021 · · Health

Goat bloat is a serious disorder that requires urgent action to avoid death. Learn in advance symptoms, treatment, and prevention of bloat in goats.

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Breed Profile: Hawaiian Ibex Goats
March 22, 2021 · · Goat Breeds

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Breed Profile: Old Irish Goats
March 13, 2021 · · 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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It’s Written on Goats’ Faces
March 3, 2021 · · Ownership

Do goats’ faces express their feelings? And do they recognize ours? Animal behavior researchers are busy finding out. So far, we have evidence of how subtle and sensitive goats can be.

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Breed Profile: Kri-Kri Goat
February 16, 2021 · · Goat Breeds

The kri-kri goat has lived feral on Crete for thousands of years since the early days of agriculture, revealing a glimpse of early goat domestication.

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When Were Goats Domesticated, and Where?
February 10, 2021 · · Goat Breeds

When and where were goats domesticated and how was it done? As one of the first farm animals domesticated from a wild goat species, goats have a fascinating past and give insights into early human history.

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