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Goat Health Conditions and Copper Toxicity

Herd of goats running through a pasture.

In addition to other minerals, goats need a slightly greater amount of copper in their diet. This need is greater than that of sheep but lower than that of horses and cattle. Copper is an important structural compound in many enzymes, blood constituent, metabolism regulator, and immune system component. However, it is possible to feed goats too much copper. This leads to copper toxicity. Make sure your goats do not have access to cattle or horse supplements to avoid copper toxicity in goats.

How to Give Goats the Right Amount of Copper

Feed goats supplements that are specially formulated for goats, as opposed to sheep formulas that may be deficient in copper. Tractor Supply Co. carries an assortment of livestock feed and supplements that are formulated for individual livestock species including goats, sheep, cattle, poultry, horses, hogs, llamas, and more. Goat feed and supplements offer just the right amount of nutrients and minerals your goat needs to be productive and happy. Check with your local store to see what type of mineral supplement is right for your goat herd.

If you are feeding a goat mineral supplement containing adequate copper but your animal still shows signs of copper deficiency, have your soil and forages tested. The presence of other minerals in soil, such as molybdenum, sulfur, iron, and calcium carbonate can interfere with copper.

 

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