Sheep, Sheep disorders, Nutrition
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ANIMALS must have small amounts of copper for a number of normal bodily functions, including growth and blood formation and, in the sheep, wool quality. The liver is used as a "bank" or store-house for copper which is collected from the diet and in due course issued to the body tissues as required. The sheep—in contrast to other species of animals—is apt to play the miser and hoard unnecessary amounts.
Bennetts, H. W.
"Copper poisoning in sheep,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3: Vol. 8
, Article 5.
Available at: https://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture3/vol8/iss1/5