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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

Amazing Mangalitsa! Pigs for Sustainable Farming
April 6, 2021 · · Pigs

Mangalitsa pigs are hardy, disease resistant, and adaptable. They thrive in free-range systems, being excellent foragers and skillful mothers. They make the perfect workers on homesteads and sustainable farms.

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Permaculture Design for Pigs, the Farmer’s Friend
March 29, 2021 · · Pigs

Including pigs in your permaculture design saves labour and provides healthy exercise and a varied diet for your hogs, leading to overall better welfare and tastier products.

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The Importance of Animal Husbandry: New Insights
March 22, 2021 · · Homesteading

Animal husbandry currently focuses on health, reproduction, and security. We have built efficient and hygienic systems, which have been optimized commercially for production.

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How to Raise Hogs to be Happy and Naturally Healthy
February 5, 2021 · · Pigs

How to raise hogs in a comfortable and enjoyable environment that meets their physical and behavioral needs. Here are seven essentials for pig happiness that will enhance their health and production.

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Soay Sheep: Hardy, Low-Maintenance, and Eco-Friendly
November 27, 2020 · · Sheep

Soay sheep are the hardiest miniature sheep breed from St. Kilda, Scotland. Their light weight and self-sufficiency make them ideal for land management and homesteading, plus you don’t have to shear them!

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How Smart are Pigs? Sharp Minds Need Stimulation
November 9, 2020 · · Pigs

Pig intelligence studies reveal how smart are pigs and how their perspective requires consideration when handling and housing them.

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How Smart Are Sheep? Researchers Find Surprising Answers
October 27, 2020 · · Sheep

How smart are sheep, actually? Most people consider sheep stupid. Have we misunderstood their custom of following each other? Research has revealed considerable intelligence, social bonds, and survival skills guiding their flocking behavior.

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Breed Diversity and Results of Inbreeding
July 9, 2020 · · Homesteading

In their call to preserve biodiversity, the FAO stresses the importance of preserving heritage breeds and avoiding the results of inbreeding.

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