Archive for May, 2011

May 16, 2011

Do you see what I see?

PJ in the woods
What makes goats happy!
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May 3, 2011

Copper deficiency

Dealing with copper deficiency still despite the higher copper level in the minerals (2500 PPM) so the spring bolus’ have been doled out.

 See how Moon’ coat is “rusting” on the back of his thighs and behind his front legs? This is a classic sign of copper deficiency. Darker coated animals show it better and while rusting isn’t always a sign of copper deficiency, it’s certainly a possibility. Dark/black goats usually need more copper just as darker complexioned people do.

Moon 1

Many issues can arise from copper deficiency to include: higher worm load, decrease in milk production, poor health, poor coat condition, infertility and the list goes on. For more information on goats and copper, I urge you to read all of the articles you can get your hands on on and make an informed decision. Copper is not something to dole out willy nilly, it can be toxic. Best to consult your veterinarian when it comes to administering copper to your goats (if they require it).