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...]

Copper Bolus 101

We have all been there. Having to shove a giant pill down the throat of a dramatic goat. When that doesn't work, we break it open and try to feed the particles to the goat, spilling them all over the place. Copper supplementing used to by my least favorite thing to do for my goats. Goats+COWP= toddler and lima beans. COWP is what is in a copper bolus. It stands for copper oxide wire particles and since the 80's it has been well known that goats can and do get copper deficient: supplementing is the solution. So, how are you supposed to get copper down a goat? Well, you can sure as heck try the old fashioned way. Load the bolus in the goat-sized bolus gun. Insert the loaded portion into the back of the mouth and shoot. Yes, your goat [Continue...]

Feed

Kids: It is important to understand when raising young goats and kids that they are still growing and developing and will continue to do so until around 2 years old. Kids 0-9 weeks old should receive milk or milk replacement. The amount they receive varies so it is important to develop a plan and feeding schedule in advance to make sure they get the right amount of milk. Attached is a chart that will help you decide how much milk your kid should be getting. Along with weight, age should be taken into account of your feeding plan. A dam-raised kid may be weaned at 8-12 weeks old. When they are weaned they must be able to have access to hay or graze and loose minerals 24/7. In addition, they should be fed some form of grain (barley, [Continue...]