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BRIEF: Should we give selenium to our buck(goat)?


QUESTION:
We were wondering if you could supply us with a mg/kg dose for selenium injections. It is recommended for does and kids, but should we also give it to our buck?

ANSWER:

I would check your feed supply, then supplement the feed appropriately with a trace mineral mix including selenium to match their needs (up to but no more than 0.3ppm selenium in the total diet) and forget about the injections. Bucks need selenium, too. It is hard for me to tell from here how much selenium your animals need where you are. It depends on why you are using the selenium. Has your feed tested low in selenium? Are you treating symptoms of selenium deficiency? What kind of preparation are you using? It is best to consult a veterinarian and the label and insert that come with the selenium preparation. The dose appropriate for sheep is probably not far off that for goats, but if you are in a high selenium area or you already are adding selenium to the diet via salt, feed, etc., then no injected dose may be appropriate. Please look at the big picture.
QUESTION:
Beside CD&T, regular worming and the rabies vaccine, is there anything else we should be giving our buck or our does?

ANSWER:

Again, it depends on your area. That's all I would give my animals here, but check with a vet in your area to find out about any special needs. I am not a vet.