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Hello folks! Will be getting 2-3 sheep, and 2-3 goats this fall. Plan on pasturing and sheltering them all together. In planning ahead and doing lots of reading, one thing has become clear: goats = copper good, sheep = copper bad. Open to any recommendations on how to make sure the animals get everything they need in terms of nutrition and any feeding tips. At the moment thinking:

-all sheep and goats get free-fed orchard grass or other grass hay (open to recs)

-all sheep and goats get same grain feed *without* any added copper (how much a day?)
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/producers-pride-all-grain-feed-50-lb?cm_vc=-10005

-sheep get sheep-specific mineral supplement (https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/dumor-sheep-mineral-50-lb?cm_vc=-10005)

-goats get goat-specific mineral supplement
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/manna-pro-goat-mineral-supplement-8-lb?cm_vc=-10005
note: will put this high up for goats to climb on and eat where sheep cannot get it; or separate the sheep from goats if necessary (put sheep in barn first at nighttime, let goats eat their supplement outside the barn and put them in later)

Any advice more than welcome!
 

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Yes, goats need goat minerals, sheep cannot have goat minerals. Goats can safely eat sheep minerals. Just watch for any copper issues and bolus accordingly!!
thanks! so do you think it would be easiest to give all sheep and goats a sheep-specific (or sheep and goat safe) mineral and only give the goats a copper bolus?
 

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Yes..feed quality sheep feed and mineral and bolus your goats ..
 

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I agree with others.

And one thing to note is that though rare sheep and goats have been know to mate which results in a geep which is majorly born dead or infertile.
 

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Yes, definitely would not run a ram or buck with the ladies.
 

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all great points, thank you so much! only having wethers and ewes here, no geeps!!
 
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