bald tail tip?

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  1. dk_40207

    dk_40207 Well-Known Member

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    Didn't want to hyjack to the other post, but Gailann, you said something about tail tip being bald...is this an indication of deficiency? I hadn't really thought of it but our buck who has been the subject of much discussion has an oddly bald tail tip.....
     
  2. dezeeuwgoats

    dezeeuwgoats Well-Known Member

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    It is a sign of copper deficiency. Also called 'fish-tail', since the hair is long on either side of the bald tip.

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  3. Charleen

    Charleen www.HarperHillFarm.com Supporter

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    I'd agree with this being a copper deficiency also. I've had this happen with bucks that we've purchased. We give copper bolus to all our guys and they have access to minerals with copper in them also. In addition to the bald tail, (which was our first indication) look for rings around the eyes.
     
  4. Gailann Schrader

    Gailann Schrader Green Woman

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    Yep, copper deficiency. When you start to look for it? You will see it without a doubt.

    SEVERE copper deficiency can make a brown goat white. Google it. Very strange. Get good goat minerals, bolus with copper, and you'll see an improvement...