Copper Bolusing

As mentioned before, I’ve always had a “problem” with copper deficiency. I think most do, and a lot don’t even realize it. A friend said to me, when I mentioned a doe of hers may be copper deficient, that no, she does not have a fish tail, she cannot possibly need copper. Well, given the fact she is a black goat and she was rusting along her stomach and back flanks, a good copper bolus dose of copper oxide rods saw her coat an health back! She was to the point of loosing hair. I think I made a believer out of her that just because the doe does not have a fish tail does not mean she is not copper deficient.

That said, I just happened to be going a little reading this morning on copper bolusing. This next site has nothing to do with goats per say, but does have some very good information on copper oxide rods themselves. I have tried the Irene Ramsey’s method of copper sulfate diluted in water and Pat Colby’s free choice copper sulfate method which most will not even go for. I really have much preferred the bolusing because A. I am accountable for how much they receive (and know how much they get) B. In the end, it takes much less time than other methods and C. nothing is wasted (much of the sulfate, when left out free choice, despite being under cover became old, water drenched, hard and un-edible, according to the  goats =)

http://pharmplex.com.au/Technical/copper_deficiency_cattle_sheep.htm

There are so many sites in regard to copper deficiency and goats. I think I may have even posted some. I don’t list them here, but I did want to offer up some valuable information as to why bolusing may be better based on factual findings (and is better in my personal opinion) than any other type of copper supplementation in goats.

I have not had so much as of a problem bolusing them either as far as the actual act goes (nor any other problems for that matter). I use a thin bolusing stick I picked up from Jeffers Livestock, put it to the back of their throat, press the plunger and keep their mouths closed until I know they’ve swallowed it. I find it to be one of the easier chores for sure.

I don’t normally measure in grams. Although if you were to, it’s 1 gram per 22 lbs. of goat for Copasure. However there is an easier way of measuring Copasure by using a syringe, which I would hope everyone with goat owns. Please read the following forum as someone has so graciously figured out measurements using a more common “household” item over a gram scale.

http://thegoatspot.net/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=12539&start=0

So, all in all I have been happier with the results of the copper rods vs. any other type of copper supplementation. Now, if I could just remember to get the bucks BEFORE they go into rut, I’ll be doing good =).

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