Small ruminant vitamins and minerals

  • Scott Radke Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
Keywords: caprine, minerals, ovine, vitamins


Nutrition is paramount to small ruminant health and produc­tion. All ruminants, though similar, vary in nutrient require­ments and predisposition to nutritional toxicities and deficien­cies. Therefore, it is important to understand that both ovine and caprine are not to be considered small bovine. The objec­tive of this paper is to serve as a reminder regarding the neces­sity of adequate nutrition in small ruminant species. It is also intended to provide a brief overview regarding the importance of several minerals and vitamins and their associated toxicities and deficiencies.

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