Archive for ‘copper’

July 31, 2013

A review: Santa Cruz Animal Health

I am not normally one for reviews but was exceptionally happy with Santa Cruz Animal Health that I thought I’d do a brief write up.

I received their catalog some time ago and have glanced through it a few times figuring their prices couldn’t be better than where I was already ordering from.

I’ve been buying Copasure from Jeffers Livestock for a long time and cutting down the cattle boluses into #00 gelcaps to dole out to the goats.  I was glancing over Santa Cruz’s boluses for adults and kids and didn’t do the math until recently but it comes out to .13 cents a gram through Santa Cruz where as the Copasure cattle boluses from Jeffers come out to .147 cents a gram. My math is based on SC’s twenty-five 4 gram boluses (100 grams total) vs. Jeffer’s regular size container of 12.5 gram (312.5 gram) boluses. With the cattle boluses, I open them up and portion them into equal portions to be put into the #00 gelcaps (re-portioned and re-packaged for the dosage and correct size for goats and not cows). It would be silly not to purchase the ones that are already pre-portioned into the correct dosage and save me time and $! I didn’t buy the kid boluses. If I need them, I’ll cut the adult boluses in two (because buying the kid boluses works out to .24 cents a gram, quite a substantial difference!).

Shipping was lickety-split! I ordered on Friday, received a tracking # by afternoon and while the boluses and Valbazen were shipped separately, the copper arrived on Monday and the Valbazen today (Wednesday). How’s that for quick? To top it off, $50 worth of merchandise gets you free shipping. Compare that to Jeffers $60 minimum order and while I have had nothing but positive business with Jeffers, Santa Cruz is definitely equally comparable!

October 3, 2011

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 =)

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.

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 =).

August 12, 2011

Copper bolusing

It’s become a fact of life with goats that I’ve needed to copper bolus. I buy Copasure boluses for cattle and break them down into smaller units. These gelcaps are size #00 I believe. Each goat is dosed based on need and weight. 
I use a bolusing stick (for lack of a better term since it’s not technically a gun), douse the gelcaps in corn oil and down the hatch. Within 2 weeks most look much much better!
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).