You may have heard that your goats need a selenium supplement and/or copper supplement and for many goat owners that’s true. This is because the soil across most of North America is deficient, therefore growing deficient plants. Living in a deficient area myself, I offer my goats a natural selenium supplement treat that takes advantage of the power of herbs.
Signs & Side Effects of Selenium Deficiency
Selenium deficiency is mostly noted during and after pregnancy both in the doe and any resulting kids. Deficient does will have trouble getting pregnant and maintaining pregnancy. Kids will be born stillborn or weak (often with white muscle disease). The doe will have lower milk production which compounds problems if a kid is already born weak. It’s very important that pregnant does receive an adequate selenium supplement.
Signs & Side Effects of Copper Deficiency
Copper is responsible for the pigmentation of hair, a dull and faded coat is often the first sign of copper deficiency in goats. Signs of deficiency may also include hair loss around the face, a bald or “fishtail” tail tip, and pregnancy loss. Commercial grains often contain copper, so deficiencies are more likely in bucks and wethers.
Why We Prefer Natural Remedies
Injectable selenium supplements and copper boluses are available, but some goats have died from toxicity after receiving injections and other goats have died of overdose after receiving boluses. It is important that you assure that your goat is deficient and carefully measure out the dose (calculated by how deficient they are). With the herbal option, Mineral Mojo, there is some wiggle room.
Herbal sources of copper and selenium include alfalfa, bringham tea, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chaparral, chickweed, comfrey, lobelia, nettles, raw pumpkin seeds, red raspberry leaves, and rosehips. Many of these herbs are in the secret recipe behind Mineral Mojo herbal goat treats.
Mineral Mojo is an herbal goat treat, created by yours truly, that focuses on copper and selenium for those living in areas facing these challenges. Because it does not build up in the system it needs to be considered a daily supplement. To learn about other herbal blends we use to supplement our herd holistically, be sure to check out…
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