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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 Smart Are Sheep? Researchers Find Surprising Answers
October 12, 2021 · · 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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Free-Ranging With Hardy Pig Breeds
September 28, 2021 · · Pigs

Free-ranging allows pigs to satisfy their curious natures and engage in fulfilling activities. They can improve land fertility and diversity, assist farmers in their work, and provide tasty and nutritious food.

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Amazing Mangalitsa! Pigs for Sustainable Farming
August 31, 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
August 9, 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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How Smart are Pigs? Sharp Minds Need Stimulation
June 29, 2021 · · 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 to Raise Hogs to be Happy and Naturally Healthy
June 14, 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
May 3, 2021 · · 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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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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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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