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Copper Requirement of Sheep
Copper is essential for life and sheep have a dietary requirement for copper. Copper is necessary for iron metabolism, red blood cell formation and production of skin and hair pigments. It is essential for proper functioning of the central nervous system and is necessary for collagen and elastin formation which are required for normal bone formation. It is essential for wool production and is involved in the animal's immune response to disease challenges.
The amount of copper required is dependent on dietary and genetic factors. This makes it difficult to specify an actual copper requirement without describing the conditions for which it applies. In addition, certain minerals form complexes with copper, reducing its absorption or its biochemical availability in the body, and may increase the amount of copper required in the diet.
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