Why Copper?

One of the first things new goat owners will learn about is copper. Your vet or goat guru may have already recommended you start using it. Here we will discuss the how and why of copper. The most popular and readily available form of copper for goats is COWP (copper oxide wire particles). COWP has several benefits. It prevents copper deficiencies that goats are prone to, it can improve coat and skin condition, and studies show that it has antiparasitic properties against the deadly, haemonchus contortus (aka barber pole) worm! Now that we have briefly established the benefits of copper, let's discuss how it works. When a goat ingests COWP, the little particles enter the rumen's four chambers. The particles are dispersed throughout [Continue...]