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My girls got Bo-Se the beginning of May.. A little later then I would have liked, but, that's when they vet came out.. I would like to get them on a schedule of once a month before breeding (so about now) and once a month before kidding.. Would it be too soon to give them their 'before breeding' shot now?? Should I just wait and just give them the one before kidding and get on schedule that way?

Oh, and the girls will be due for copper around the time of breeding/a few weeks bred.. I have heard a few things on copper in early pregnancy... Have any of you used copper in early pregnancy safely?
 

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I don't want to hijack, but I have just been reading a little about BoSe. I had no idea it was used so often! :eek: I thought it was something ti use in an emergency if a goat was sick, etc. I'd like to know how often most give it, or what's reccomended. Thanks :)
 

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Most breeders I'm my area use it twice a year at the times I mentioned above. I know some use it once a year at one of the times mentioned above.. I have been researching it a bit, and my girls were a bit deficient.. So I would like to do it two times a year. At least for my does.. My bucks will probably get it once a year and we will see how they do.
 

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I give it before breeding, mid term and before kidding. I also give them a selenium/Vit E powdered supplement made for horses in their grain once a week year round.
 

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So you think it will be ok to give it to them now?
 

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I give mine a shot before breeding and a shot 6 weeks prior to kidding.

I give copper the same way but a little bit lower dose prior to kidding. But now that I am using Replamin Plus, I'm not sure what I will do with the copper bolus.
 

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Thanks Karen :) so I'll get weights and get doses all set today :)
 

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We do BoSe shortly before breeding & 10 days-2 weeks before kidding. And on newborns if I think they need it.
As for copper blousing I only did it on a buck who didn't know what loose minerals were.
Goat feeds do not have enough copper, period. Or selenium & Vitamin E to make a difference.
 

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The lady I bought my new pygmy does told me that she lost 10 babies at birth all at 1 time and that she started giving the does each a shot of bose once a month and hasn't had any trouble since.she told me to get a prescription from my vet and continue dosing them once a month also. Is this something I should do or not?
 

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It depends on your area but I wouldn't think you would have to do it monthly. But each farm has to figure out what their goats need. Some need more BoSe than others.
 

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Erica I'd look into your loose minerals closely before proceeding with monthly injections of BoSe. That's a bit much .
 

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WHAT EXACTLY IS BoSe FOR?
Selenium. Giving your goats more selenium into their system. Most places are selenium deficient and they need selenium for strong muscles and tendons. Affects a host of other things too.

Selenium and copper are very important to have at proper levels in your goat. That is why people do the BoSe shots and copper boluses.
 

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Goats have a very high metabolic rate, but I would still be cautious with Se and Cu. I doubt you could hurt a goat with Cu rod bolus or BoSe injections once a month in depeleted areas. But, I would be careful if you have high Cu and Se minerals out and higher Cu and Se feed and then giving full dose BoSe inj. and additional Cu. Get a blood work up and see what the levels are if you are concerned.
 

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For Erica, if you want to spend the money, I would blood test your goats for Se prior to giving them their BoSe, if they are low give them a shot then wait about a month or so and test again to see how the levels are. If they are still in the ok range I would wait until about the 6 month post BoSe shot, test again and see what their levels are if they are low at that time I would give another shot, then wait maybe 4 months and run a test. This would all be to have a better idea of how long the BoSe is lasting in their systems and how often you need to give it. If their levels are continually low I would be looking into a custom mineral mix with higher Se levels or at giving them the horse selenium supplement so you don't have to inject them all the time.

Personally, I give my bucks and does a shot of MuSe about 3-4 weeks pre breeding, then give the bucks a shot in the spring and the does each get a shot about 3-4 weeks pre kidding. None of my kids ever show a selenium deficiency and I actually do live in an area that is ok on selenium levels but because most of what my goats eat is not grown here in my area I do supplement them. Every one gets copper bolused twice a year which happens in January and in July.
 

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It sounds like most are just kinda guessing at how often to give Bose. I would start out with only doseing once or twice a year. Selenium can be toxic if too much and will actually show the same signs of def. When really they are getting too much. I just got a bottle of Bose for a few that I think needed it and am think of doing the per birth shots.....still thinking lol. Anyhow point here Bose can be toxic so keep that in mind ;)
 
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