Posted by GoatWorld on July 21, 2000 at 00:43:19:
In Reply to: Copper posted by Linda Merrell on July 19, 2000 at 19:22:50:
Copper levels are very important! As Toni pointed out, you'll have some real problems without enough of it in your goats diet. But there is such a thing as too much copper as well. Many of the feeds formulated specifically for goats are good proof of this.
Not long ago I ran into this same situation when I substituted a product called Vigortone (formulated for horses) and it had an extremely high level of copper compared to goat formulas. Almost 20 times the amount of copper.
This got me doing some research and I found that too much copper "without" other minerals can be just as fatal as "too little" copper with other minerals. There is a definite balance between how much to provide in a nutritional supplement. It's also a good idea to know how much copper exists in your particular region (along with other minerals, etc. - selenium, zinc, iodine, etc.)since you may be supplementing a goats diet with copper (or other minerals) that are not really needed.
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