Deficiency Symptoms: Lambs are typically more sensitive to Cu deficiency. Deficiency symptoms include:
- Nerve disorder termed swayback or enzootic ataxia
- Bone disorder described as osteoporosis
In New Zealand copper deficiency is usually associated with increased pasture molybdenum (Mo) concentrations. The metabolism of copper is complex as the Mo influences copper absorption and liver copper storage, thereby increasing dietary copper requirements. Other trace elements such as iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn) have also been observed to influence copper metabolism. Cattle and deer are more prone to copper deficiency than sheep.Copper will help with:
- Development of the nervous system and maintenance of myelin sheath around nerve fibres.
- Bone growth and development.
- Maintains the integrity of the immune system.
- Role in iron metabolism.
- Development of the fleece and skin pigmentation