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Copper Deficiency in Utah

Clell V. Bagley DVM, Utah State University
Norris J. Stenquist Ph.D, Utah Sate Univerisy
Dennis R. Worwood MS, Utah State University


Copper deficiency has been diagnosed in a number of Utah cattle herds, yet few producers use copper supplements. Cattle deficient in the element can suffer significant production losses. Producers need to balance both the effects and the costs of copper supplements. Too much copper can cause copper toxicity or poisoning. And adding copper may not be economical if animals are only marginally deficient. Further, the deficiency may occur only on specific feeds or pastures, correcting itself when cattle are moved.