Story: Diseases of sheep, cattle and deer

Treating copper deficiency

Treating copper deficiency

Cattle deficient in copper can be treated by dosing with a copper ‘bullet’, which stays in the rumen and slowly dissolves. Here, Lisa Hire of Kaikōura administers a copper bullet, watched by Taihape vet Phyllis Leigh, at an animal health day organised by the Waiau Women in Farming group.

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Gary Clark, Neville Grace and Ken Drew, 'Diseases of sheep, cattle and deer - Mineral nutrition diseases – causes and detection', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)

Story by Gary Clark, Neville Grace and Ken Drew, published 24 Nov 2008