- Aug 3, 2008
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- mountains of WV
See....now that's amazing! Just think of the productivity some may be missing out on due to marginal copper and/or selenium deficiencies. Most, though, I think it's across the board copper fear for shepherds, with many giving dire warnings of death of whole flocks if a person wants to include copper in their nutritional plan.I have never given any of the sheep copper boluses but have no problem making sure their mineral has it. they are strong and healthy, last year I had 2 sets of trips and 2 sets of twins out of my 4 girls.
I am on a FB group(new experience for me, as usually FB is something I avoid) for Katahdin breeders and I'm dismayed at the number of problems these people have in their flocks....and this is a breed that is usually considered an easy care kind of livestock. Birth deformities, weak lambs, lambing difficulties, having to supplement heavily to keep good conditioning~when my experience has been that Kats seem to stay fat on air and browse....overly fat, in some cases~and any number of nutritional/digestive issues.
I'm wondering how much that little bit of copper and other nutrients that are more easily metabolized when copper is present is making a difference in what is otherwise a naturally hardy, parasite resistant and feed thrifty breed.
This article/study was interesting: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00288233.1969.10421177