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Old 09-23-2008, 08:30 AM   #1
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Do you give your goats any feed or minerals with copper?
I dont but I read that they need a little.
So now I wonder if I should and how much from what source, feed or loose minerals?



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Old 09-23-2008, 02:50 PM   #2
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Default Re: Angora goats and copper.

there are many different brands, i use free choice baking soda, for when they have stomch aches, and sweetlix goat mineral free choice.



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Old 09-23-2008, 04:18 PM   #3
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Default Re: Angora goats and copper.

Are you talking about angoras or goats in general?

I would put out a free choice loose mineral like sweetlix, they take what they need. We also keep salt blocks and baking soda out.

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Old 09-23-2008, 09:47 PM   #4
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I am talking Angora goats only.

You can not give angoras the same mineral as other goats. You could kill them!
They are similar to sheep, they dont metabolize copper well.
But they do utilize it better than sheep but not as good as any other goat breed.
Thats the dilemma. I smaller than normal amount is ok, but minerals are either to high in copper for angoras or absent of copper.
I was thinking food for that small copper amount, but that to is limited to high copper or absent.

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What about free feeding a loose sheep mineral, then free choicing copper sulfate? That way they only take the copper that they need and none extra

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I am talking Angora goats only.

You can not give angoras the same mineral as other goats. You could kill them!
They are similar to sheep, they dont metabolize copper well.
But they do utilize it better than sheep but not as good as any other goat breed.
Thats the dilemma. I smaller than normal amount is ok, but minerals are either to high in copper for angoras or absent of copper.
I was thinking food for that small copper amount, but that to is limited to high copper or absent.
No that is NOT true. Angora's need the cooper just like any other goat. That was a myth from years ago.
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No that is NOT true. Angora's need the cooper just like any other goat. That was a myth from years ago.
Do you have any proof of this statement?
Everything I have found in my research claims they need copper but it much less than other goats as they are more susceptible to copper toxicity.
How much copper do you give your Angoras?
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:21 PM   #8
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Default Re: Angora goats and copper.

Were is Keren when you need her? I'm sure she'll be on soon with her opinion.

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I heard not to give pymgy goats copper --- rescued some goats and had pygmy goats for a couple years and they all needed copper bad. Sometimes you cant believe all that you read.

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Here you go.

www.addl.purdue.edu/newsletters/1994/copper.shtml

I am a 4H leader for Fiber goats and ALL fiber goats or should I say ALL GOATS need Copper. It was years ago that they thought that copper was bad for goats, then they realized that sheep and goats do not use it the same.



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