Daily copper requirements for Nigerian Dwarf Goats

Asked September 12, 2015, 6:38 PM EDT

I have a small herd of NDG and sheep. I am trying to figure out a dose of copper for my goats. It is easy to copper them by buying copper capsules for human consumption, opening the capsules and sprinkling the contents on jam coated bread. I have been giving my goats 2mg copper (as amino acid chelate) per week. Is this an adequate dose? Other than that they are on pasture in the summer, Timothy hay in the winter with copper free grain and minerals, as I don't want to harm my sheep.

Kootenai County Idaho

1 Response

There is a large absence of literature on acceptable copper feeding for goats. However, there is a plethora of literature regarding copper toxicity in sheep. Acute toxicity can occur at 20-100mg/kg in sheep. Are you running both sheep and goats together in the same pasture/lot?