Tamsin Cooper writes about the nature and care of goats and mentors on online animal welfare courses. Having fallen for our caprine friends while volunteering at Buttercups Goat Sanctuary in Kent, England, she now runs her own small herd in north-west France.

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After learning about animal behaviour with Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, she stays up to date with the latest scientific findings and incorporates them into management advice.

The advice in these pages is not always traditional farming practice. It comes from combining personal experience, that of other smallholders and recent literature in applied ethology and animal welfare science. Research into goat behaviour and cognition is relatively new and the literature is expanding all the time. Here is a non-exhaustive list of published articles by researchers. You can view the papers by selecting the title and clicking on the URL field (or you can find most of them online by searching Google Scholar).